Category Archives: Features

Drawing from Minnesota DNR

Do You Have a Healthy Yard?

A while back, we came across a handout from the forestry division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In a simple four-page fold-out, the DNR offers some great ideas…

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It’s Not Too Late to Renew Your Garden

We are getting toward the end of the gardening season, but there is still time to re-do a bed or undertake another garden renewal project. If watered properly, trees, shrubs…

Kingfield Community Gardens are part of a vibrant community in south Minneapolis.

Minnesota Green: Kingfield Community Gardens

The Kingfield Community Garden Group is a project of the nonprofit Kingfield Neighborhood Association whose mission is to create a network of gardens and access to fresh food throughout the…

Plant minor bulbs such as squill for naturalizing.

Plant Bulbs Now for Spring Bloom

Late September and early October are the perfect time to plant bulbs for spring bloom, and while the weather will be cooler this week, it’s still pleasant enough for bulb…

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Book Review: The New Midwestern Table

Park Rapids resident Amy Thielen’s book isn’t about gardening, but it’s a volume Midwestern gardeners will want to have close at hand as they preserve and eat up the abundant…

Plant native plants to bring in the birds.

How to Create a Bird Friendly Garden

Not too long ago, we came across a pamphlet from the Saint Paul Audubon Society on sustaining songbirds and other wildlife in your garden. It’s not a long booklet, but…

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Book Review: Preserving by the Pint

For many gardeners, canning is a way to say, “Winter — take that! I will continue to enjoy my garden no matter how much snow you throw at me.” And,…

Many viburnums have beautiful fall berries.

Plant Profile: Viburnum

Viburnum is a lovely group of shrubs year-round, but my appreciation for them always soars in fall. That’s when the bright red berries of American highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) shine…