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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…

It won't be long before the redbuds bloom.

Plant Profile: Redbud Tree

Don’t let today’s cold and rain bother you. It won’t be long before we’ll be seeing the soft pink clouds of bloom that surround the Minnesota-hardy redbuds that are so…

Lights, pots, soil and a system to keep track of what you've planted is all you need for seed starting.

Seed Starting Season Begins!

While some gardeners start seeds for long-germinating plants, such as onions, as early as late January or early February, now is the best time for Minnesota gardeners to begin their…

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MSHS History: An Eccentric Apple Grower

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Northern Gardener and was written in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of MSHS. Our Legends of MSHS column introduces readers…

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Containers for Early Spring

We are in the in-between time for northern gardeners —still a month or so too early to be setting out pansy pots, but oh, my, oh, my, those winter containers…

Sure signs of spring—pansy pots and the MSHS Garden Gala

New Plants, Good Food—What’s Not to Love?

Spring seems determined to make an early entrance to Minnesota this year, getting gardeners all excited about planting and nurturing their gardens. Hold off, folks! You know a freeze is…

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MSHS Discount Partners for 2016

The March/April issue of Northern Gardener includes a special cover wrap that lists the more than 120 nurseries, garden centers and shops that are MSHS discount partners. These wonderful businesses…