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Vegetable Garden Basics: When to Start Seed Indoors

As days get longer, it’s natural for gardeners to start thinking about seeds and possibly starting seeds indoors. In Minnesota, many warm-season vegetables need to be started indoors and planted…

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Pollinators and the plants they love will be the topic of several talks at the garden show.

Mushrooms, Bees, Containers: What’s Up at the Garden Show

The next two weeks are a great time to get excited about the garden season ahead with two major home and garden shows. Today is the first day of the…

In this yard, the best spot for vegetables was next to the driveway.

Vegetable Garden Basics: Sun and Soil

Is it too early to start thinking about your 2015 vegetable garden? Not at all!! Many gardeners like to buy seed in the depths of winter — to keep their…

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Getting Ready for the Home Shows

Volunteers have been busy at MSHS offices recently, packing bulbs and roots for plant sales and boxing books and other gear for the upcoming Twin Cities home shows. MSHS has…

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Plant Profile: Gladiolus

Gladiolus is one of those old-fashioned flowers that is enjoying a renaissance. Maybe it’s because florists love them for bouquets, or because more gardeners are growing cutting gardens, but gladioli…

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Garden TV

One of the complaints often heard about the big national cable channel with the words home and garden in its name is that it’s all about homes (specifically hunting for…

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Designing an Entry, Deck or Patio Garden

Winter is a great time to learn a new skill to use in the garden, and MSHS offers several classes for folks who want to learn more about vegetable gardening,…

Buckthorn -- the baddest of the bad invasive plants.

Alternatives to Invasive Plants

Here’s the thing about plants that become invasive: They usually start out as a plant someone loves. Buckthorn was hailed as a great hedge plant in the mid 20th century—and…