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Learn About Straw Bale Gardening Saturday

Joel Karsten has been teaching about the benefits of straw bale gardening for several years now,l┬ástarting with the publication of his first book on the topic. His revised, updated book,…

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Plant Profile: Magic Magnolias

Magnolias are wonderful small trees or shrubs, which despite their southern connections, can work as spring-flowering plants for gardens in USDA Zone 4 — about the southern half of Minnesota,…

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Slash and Plant Shrubs

Early spring is a great time to plant new shrubs and perennials, and if you check your local nursery, you may even find some bargains. Shrubs that have been in…

It's not too late to start seeds indoors! Before you know it, they will be hardening off and getting ready for planting.

Vegetable Garden Basics: Seed Starting Mixes

When the time comes to start seeds indoors for your vegetable garden, you’ll need a light system, trays or pots and a seed starting medium. Indoor seed starting is never…

Pollinators swarmed the shasta daisies at the trial gardens at the U of M St. Paul campus last summer.

U of M Master Gardener Flower Trials

The March/April issue of Northern Gardener has the results of the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener vegetable trials. These are very useful for gardeners deciding which varieties to grow…

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Art in Bloom: Macy’s Flower Show

Whether you are an art lover or a plant aficionado, the Macy’s Flower Show this year is well worth a visit. I am both a plant and art lover, so…

Purple coneflower -- a classic plant for butterflies for sunny, loamy sites.

Best Plants for Butterflies

Friday’s post on the best plants for bees and other pollinators has been very popular, so we wanted to follow up with this post on Heather Holm’s suggestions for the…

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Best Plants for Bees and Other Pollinators

The gardening adage that you should put the right plant in the right place applies to gardening for bees and other pollinators as well. During the District 7 Spring Fling…