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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…

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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…

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Book Review: Pollinator Friendly Gardening

In her new book, Pollinator Friendly Gardening, author and Northern Gardener columnist Rhonda Fleming Hayes reinforces a benefit of gardening with pollinators in mind that is sometimes glossed over in…

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Book Review: Garden Made

Are you a crafty gardener? If so, Stephanie Rose”s book, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life (Roost Books, 2015), is a fun…

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Book Review: Indoor Kitchen Gardening

Indoor Kitchen Gardening (Cool Springs Press, 2014) by Minnesotan Elizabeth Millard has the right attitude. In the book’s introduction, Millard co-owner of Bossy Acres, a vegetable farm now operating in…

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Hot Off the Press: Simple Flower Arranging

Simple Flower Arranging by Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks (DK Publishing, 2014) This visually stunning book is a piece of art itself, but you won’t want to just leave it…

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Best Books for Bird Gardeners

Are you a “bird gardener?” Many gardeners love the natural world and also enjoy it by hiking, biking, fishing or watching birds. As a home gardener, you are in a…

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Best Books for Building Soil

During the Minnesota State Fair, I gave a talk on the best books for new gardeners.  For me, it’s hard to recommend just a few books, so I’ll be posting…