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What Your Lawn Needs This Fall

Fall is the prime time to do lawn maintenance: fertilizing, weed control, aerating, reseeding even. But what does your lawn really need this fall: Water! We recently came upon a…

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Five Easy Fall Container Ideas

By this time, most Minnesotans have experienced a frost or even a freeze, and that means summer container plantings may be looking a little raggedy. We could still have another…

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How to Ripen Green Tomatoes

Frying, hanging, being wrapped in newspaper and stuffed in a box — life isn’t easy for a green tomato. For many northern gardeners, this year’s combination of uneven spring temperatures…

Compost filled raised bed

Tips for Making Better Compost

Probably the most common advice given for improving your garden’s performance is to add compost. Compost improves soil fertility and texture. It’s packed with microorganisms that plants love and is…

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It’s Time to Save Seeds for Next Year

With the vegetable garden bulging with produce and many flowers starting to fade, seed savers are on the look-out for the best plants in their garden. The reason is simple:…

New Issue of Northern Gardener Available

The September/October issue of Northern Gardener should be on newsstands now, and it’s a great issue. We had many people at the Minnesota State Fair comment on how enticing the…

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Garden Chores for September

As August ends and fall activities gear up, it’s easy to let the garden go a bit — to weed less, forget to pick those extra large zucchini, even neglect…

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Love Those Asters!

As August slides toward September, the heat tends to ease up and many gardens improve in appearance. Some plants will put on a second flush of bloom, annuals that faded…