Category Archives: Garden care

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How to Grow Lilacs

This is a first in a regular series of articles on the care and maintenance of some of our favorite plants for northern gardens. With their lush blooms and deeply…

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When to Prune Trees (and Why)?

Pruning is one of those gardening topics that has an air of mystery about it. When to prune trees? Why do you prune trees? How do you prune trees? Curious…

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Low-Maintenance Way to Water Your Vegetable Garden

The Twin Cities home shows — the Minnesota Home and Patio Show, which runs this weekend, and the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, which is open Feb. 28-March 3 —…

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Get Your Garden Ready for Winter

Oh, no! Can the garden season really be coming to a close so soon? This week, we’re having slightly warmer temperatures—and happily, some rain!—but the fall is hard upon us…

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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…

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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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…

Purple Dome asters

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…