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It’s a Good Day to Start Tomatoes

Yes, the thermometer out my window reads 10 degrees F and those winds from our sort-of blizzard of earlier this week are still dying down, but today is a good…

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Peas, Phenology and the Northern Gardener

Technically speaking, we are in a blizzard here in Minnesota today. (There’s not that much snow, but the winds are wicked fierce, which is why I plan to stay off…

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Early Seed Starting — Waiting for a Warm Up

I started lettuce early this year—on February 22—so that we would be able to display the new seedlings in our exhibit at the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show. Using the…

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Garden Trend Report: Color and Vertical Gardening

A couple of days ago, I reported on how vegetable gardening continues to be a big trend. You’ll see it in garden centers in the form of garden boxes for…

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Garden Trend Report: It’s All About the Veg

I just got back (despite a really bad snow storm in southern Minnesota!) from the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. This was my third home and garden show of the…

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Update on Emerald Ash Borer in Minnesota

During the Minneapolis Spring Home and Garden Show, I stopped by a table with information about Emerald Ash Borer and other invasive and potentially invasive insects. The Minnesota Department of…

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Check Out the New Northern Gardener Digital Edition

Northern Gardener has moved even further digital age! In addition to this blog and the helpful MSHS website, Northern Gardener magazine is now available in a digital edition. From now…

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Why Garden? Why Save Seeds? Thoughts from Diane Ott Whealy

Diane Ott Whealy, founder of Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, is a passionate advocate for gardening and seed saving, and at a talk at the Minneapolis Spring Home and…