Category Archives: Features

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How is Your Tomato Harvest?

Our Northern Gardener publisher and noted tomato fanatic sent me this photo yesterday of his harvest of yellow tomatoes from that day. (I’m sure there were dozens of red ones,…

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What’s Blooming in September?

The Minnesota State Fair is over, the kids are back in school and the sun is setting way too early. Despite the signs, we’re not ready for fall, and fortunately,…

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Growing Patchouli in Your Herb Garden

One of the more unusual herbs shown at the MSHS Educational Display at the Minnesota State Fair is patchouli, a tender perennial that is often used in perfumes and is…

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Growing Sage in Minnesota Gardens

Culinary sage (Salvia officinalis) is one of the hardiest herbs. Though not 100 percent reliable as a perennial in Minnesota, growing sage is relatively easy — and it has so…

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Do You Grow Aloe?

The MSHS Educational Display at the Minnesota State Fair is particularly interesting this year for herb gardeners. We have about 30 different herbs growing in pots, from garden regulars like…

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Growing Coffee in Minnesota?

The MSHS Educational Display on herbs at the Minnesota State Fair has some great plants that can be grown indoors, outdoors or, as Nancy Leasman says, as commuters, who spend…

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Herb Gardening at the Minnesota State Fair

This year’s MSHS Educational Display at the Minnesota State Fair focuses on herb gardening, especially growing unusual herbs.  You’ll find an article on the topic in the September/October issue of…

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MSHS State Fair Plant Show Photos

Another MSHS State Fair Plant Show is history. First, thank you to all those who participated and those who volunteered to help. Second, congratulations to Grand Champion, Mary Brickzen Gale…