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Gardening for Birds (and Bees and Everything Else)

Gardening for birds, bees and other wildlife is not difficult — and it definitely does not mean your yard will look messy. The next issue of Northern Gardener (out in…

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Five Plants More Northern Gardeners Should Grow

Don Engebretson, a.k.a., The Renegade Gardener, calls himself “the lone voice of horticultural reason.” That may be a bit of an overstatement, but Don — who also writes Northern Gardener’s…

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Low-Maintenance Way to Water Your Vegetable Garden

The Twin Cities home shows — the Minnesota Home and Patio Show, which runs this weekend, and the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, which is open Feb. 28-March 3 —…

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Special Event for Heirloom Seed Lovers

This week marks the beginning of the home and garden show season in Minnesota. In addition to big shows, such as this week’s Minnesota Home and Patio Show and the…

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Snow and Plants: How Much Insulation?

After a winter that has featured an odd amount of rain, followed by very cold temperatures, we have finally gotten some snow. Several days of clippers dumping smaller amounts of…

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Day 31: Best Books for Beginning Vegetable Gardeners

Well, we made it! This is day 31 of our series on how to create and maintain a vegetable garden. We hope this has inspired you to plant vegetables this…

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Day 30: Preserving the Harvest from Your Vegetable Garden

While it’s hard to imagine on a cold January day, there may come a time when you look at your vegetable garden and wonder what possessed you to plant so…

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Day 29: Extending the Season in Your Vegetable Garden, Part 2

By carefully choosing which crops and varieties you grow in your vegetable garden, it’s possible to extend the growing season several weeks in the North. But frost is frost, and…