Category Archives: Vegetable Gardening

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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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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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Learn Tips for Successful Seed Starting at MSHS

Have you ever wanted to try starting herbs, vegetables or annual flowers from seed but not been sure where to start? Or maybe you tried indoor seed starting but were…

'Grand Duke' kohlrabi was an All-America Selections winner way back in 1979.  (Photo courtesy of All-America Selections)

Trend Watch: Is Kohlrabi the New Kale?

We try to keep an eye on what’s hot and what’s not in the gardening world, and we’ve noticed over the past year or so that kohlrabi is getting a…

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Thirsty Squirrels?

Here’s a fun fact we heard way back in February, but is worth remembering now. When squirrels ravage your vegetable garden taking one bite out of a melon here and…

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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…

In a pot on a shady deck, this apple mint grew beautifully.

Shade Tolerant Vegetables for Urban Gardens

  For vegetable gardeners on mature lots, deciding what to plant can be tricky. Most vegetables need a minimum of six to eight hours of sunlight per day and the…

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How to Make Seed Starting Mix

It’s still too early to start seeds indoors in Minnesota, with the exception of onions, but many gardeners are thinking about their seed-starting set up. While many excellent commercial varieties…