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Book Review: Five Plant Gardens

This originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. In Five-Plant Gardens, 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants, Nancy Ondra outlines an approach for…

Native plants and hardy perennials are great choices for winter sowing.

Why Winter Sowing Perennials Works

Winter sowing perennials has been around for several years now, and is a great way to start native plants or a lot of plants without the investment in lights, seed-starting…

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Plant Onion Seeds Now

With the winds whipping and a high forecast in the below zeroes again, it may seem like spring and your vegetable garden are far, far away. But actually, late January…

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Green Thoughts: Enduring Winter

  The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer…

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Minnesota Green Profile: Kimball Elementary

We’re so encouraged by the number of schools taking advantage of the Minnesota Green program. Here’s the story of the students at Kimball Elementary School just west of the Twin…

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Learn How to Start Vegetables with Winter Sowing

  Winter sowing of seeds is one of the top three topics that bring folks to this blog. (The other top two are northern gardening — no surprise — and…

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Garden Inspiration: Gertrude Jekyll’s Bulb Garden

What inspires your garden designs? The garden you grew up with? A garden you’ve visited in stories or real life? Mary Hockenberry Meyer, grass guru at the University of Minnesota,…

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Green Thoughts: Garden Teachers

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” –Gertrude Jekyll, garden writer and designer, 1843-1932