Category Archives: Vegetable Gardening

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Hot Off the Press: Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb (Ten Speed Press ¬†2015) is an up-to-date revision of her 1975…

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When Can I Plant Tomatoes?

One of the most common questions we hear from northern gardeners in the spring is: When can I plant tomatoes? Our advice is: Don’t rush it. The University of Minnesota…

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Growing Lettuce for Early Eats

Growing lettuce is one of the best ways to get a super early harvest from your vegetable garden. Lettuce germinates quickly and reliably indoors under lights. You can also plant…

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What’s New in Vegetables for 2016

A pea is a pea is a pea, and lettuce would taste as crunchy by any other name. Apologies to both Gertrude Stein and William Shakespeare, but in the gardening…

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How to Create a Lasagna Garden

Lasagna gardening is a no-till method of creating a garden bed over an area of grass or weeds. While many people start lasagna gardens in the fall so the garden…

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Book Review: Indoor Kitchen Gardening

Indoor Kitchen Gardening (Cool Springs Press, 2014) by Minnesotan Elizabeth Millard has the right attitude. In the book’s introduction, Millard co-owner of Bossy Acres, a vegetable farm now operating in…

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Learn About Straw Bale Gardening Saturday

Joel Karsten has been teaching about the benefits of straw bale gardening for several years now,l¬†starting with the publication of his first book on the topic. His revised, updated book,…

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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…