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Green Thoughts: Roses and Seeds

What an excitement it is to order rosebushes in this glacial world, and also to read the seed catalogs by the hour, slowly coming to decisions. —May Sarton in The…

Norm Wente in the conservatory at Colonial Acres

Growing Together: Colonial Acres Conservatory

The Covenant Village of Golden Valley retirement community has independent living apartments, assisted living apartments and a nursing home and rehabilitation center called Colonial Acres, where the new conservatory is…

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How to Make Seed Starting Mix

It’s still too early to start seeds indoors in Minnesota, with the exception of onions, but many gardeners are thinking about their seed-starting set up. While many excellent commercial varieties…

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Green Thoughts: ‘Incredible Peace’

  Just being in a garden gives me incredible peace, like being in a foreign cathedral on a hot afternoon, when there’s nobody around, only the sun beaming from high…

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Book Review: Five Plant Gardens

This originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. In Five-Plant Gardens, 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants, Nancy Ondra outlines an approach for…

Native plants and hardy perennials are great choices for winter sowing.

Why Winter Sowing Perennials Works

Winter sowing perennials has been around for several years now, and is a great way to start native plants or a lot of plants without the investment in lights, seed-starting…

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Plant Onion Seeds Now

With the winds whipping and a high forecast in the below zeroes again, it may seem like spring and your vegetable garden are far, far away. But actually, late January…

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Green Thoughts: Enduring Winter

  The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer…