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Battling Bunnies in the Garden

I hate to go all Elmer Fudd or Mr. McGregor on you, but I really do not like rabbits—especially in my garden. They can mow down a row of seedlings…

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New Northern Gardener Available

Our May/June 2016 Northern Gardener should be on newsstands in a few days, and it is filled with articles to help you start your garden season. The cover image is…


Book Review: Container Theme Gardens

Nancy J. Ondra, whose earlier book on five-plant gardens received a positive review here, is at it again, this time with container garden ideas, each of which uses just five…

Karl Foerster grass as an informal screening plant.

Plant Profile: Karl Foerster grass

We highlighted Karl Foerster grass back in 2012 as one of our favorite plants for Minnesota, but let’s sing the praises of this striking, easy care, four-season beauty once again….


Spring Perennial Care Tips

With our warmer than average spring, perennials are starting to emerge. Now is a good time to begin a bit of spring perennial care. Here are five tips: Cut back…

MSHS staff and volunteers at the Minnesota State Fair

Work for MSHS: New Job Opening

Are you interested in working in a fun, positive environment, promoting gardening and volunteerism? Why not work for MSHS? We have an opening for someone to join our staff. Here…

Romaine lettuce starts growing in a window box

Growing Lettuce for Early Eats

Growing lettuce is one of the best ways to get a super early harvest from your vegetable garden. Lettuce germinates quickly and reliably indoors under lights. You can also plant…

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Hot off the Press: Jewels of the Plains

This review originally appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Northern Gardener. Jewels of the Plains By Claude A. Barr University of Minnesota Press 2015 Claude A. Barr was a…