Category Archives: Features

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Check out this Class for Fall Decorating Ideas

MSHS has hosted “Gardening Gals Get-Togethers” during the holiday season for several years and these are popular events where women enjoy wine, hors d’oeurves and a chance to get creative….

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Preserving the Harvest: Recipes from Our Contributors

Our Northern Gardener writers and photographers are all very good at what they do, and many of them are also really good cooks. If you check out their personal blogs,…

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Preserving the Harvest: Spicy Sauce with Yellow Tomatoes

While this year’s tomato harvest is slowing a bit, I’m still pulling lots of yellow pear tomatoes out of the garden. You can only eat so many salads, and it’s…

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Preserving the Harvest: The Options

With many garden crops ripening two or more weeks later than usual, the frenzy of preserving and storing has moved from August into September this year. For many gardeners, the…

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New Northern Gardener Available

We were so busy with the fair, harvesting tomatoes and enjoying late summer in our gardens that we forgot to post about the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. It’s on…

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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,…


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…