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Book Review and Giveaway: Groundbreaking Food Gardens

Groundbreaking Food Gardens (Storey 2014) by Canada-based blogger and garden writer Niki Jabbour is one of the best books for beginning (and experienced) food gardeners that I have seen in…

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'Black Lace' elderberry in a pot. Photo courtesy of Proven Winners

Garden Trends: Woody Plants in Containers

One of the garden trends we’re hearing about for 2014 is the greater use of woody plants — shrubs and trees — in containers. Using woody plants in containers offers…

Volunteers from the Twin Cities Corporate Garden Giving Network help plant a community garden at the Midway YMCA in St. Paul.

Spotlight: Corporate Giving Garden Network

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of Northern Gardener. The Twin Cities Corporate Giving Garden Network’s mission is to provide access to healthy food to feed hungry…

The small, oval leaf below the true leaves is the tomato cotyledon.

What Are True Leaves?

If you start seeds indoors, you’ve probably read the phrase, “when the seedling has a set of true leaves….” or something to that effect. What are true leaves? When a…

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Starting Annuals from Seed

While many gardeners enjoy starting vegetables from seed, starting annuals from seed is fun and easy, too. Some tender annuals — zinnias, marigolds, calendulas, salvias, cosmos, morning glories, nasturtiums, sweet…

Gardeners at the New Americans' Community Garden in Roseville.

Minnesota Green: New Americans’ Community Garden

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. The International Institute of Minnesota provides services and programs to meet the needs of refugees. It received…

White blooms brighten the shades of green in this bed.

Using the Color White in the Garden

One of the new plants on the “runway” during the 2014 Spring at the Inn event last week was a new magnolia from Bailey’s Nurseries in Newport. First Editions® Centennial…

Bloomstruck blooms in colors from cream/pink to deep purple.  Bailey Nurseries photo

What a Hydrangea Wants

Get together several hundred avid gardeners and a line-up of experts, and the questions and conversations start flying. Yesterday, MSHS hosted its third annual Spring at the Inn. This annual…