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Learn How to Start Vegetables with Winter Sowing

  Winter sowing of seeds is one of the top three topics that bring folks to this blog. (The other top two are northern gardening — no surprise — and…

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Garden Inspiration: Gertrude Jekyll’s Bulb Garden

What inspires your garden designs? The garden you grew up with? A garden you’ve visited in stories or real life? Mary Hockenberry Meyer, grass guru at the University of Minnesota,…

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Green Thoughts: Garden Teachers

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” –Gertrude Jekyll, garden writer and designer, 1843-1932


Spotlight: MSHS Garden in a Box

“I love that the children would eat anything they picked from the garden,” says Lindsay Anderson, site coordinator at Lake Nokomis Community School, Wenonah Campus, in Minneapolis. “I’ve never heard…

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Have You Tried Weedless Gardening?

One of the most popular talks at last week’s Northern Green Expo was on weedless gardening, given by author, scientist and occasional Northern Gardener contributor, Lee Reich. Lee wrote the…

Peony blooms are lovely even before they open.

What Makes a Great Peony

The prairies of southern Minnesota area among the best places in the world to grow peonies, according to Laverne Dunsmore, owner of Countryside Gardens in Delano and one of the…

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Green Thoughts

Though the purpose of horticulture is all about control — asking nature and particularly plants to submit to cultivation at our hands — it’s also where everything is totally out…

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Garden Trends Spotting at the Green Expo

The Northern Green Expo, sponsored each January by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, provides a sneak peak at what nurseries and garden centers will be offering come spring. The…