The petals on ray flowers, like coneflowers, are a perfect landing pad for butterflies.

Planting for Pollinators

Some problems seem so big and complicated that you almost give up on doing anything about them. Please, don’t give up on pollinators — whether bees, Monarch butterflies or any…

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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Green Thoughts: Garden Possibilities

  It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season. —Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

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Book Review: Beautifully Sustainable

For many gardeners, the ideal yard is relaxing, beautiful, relatively low maintenance and good for the Earth. Douglas Owens-Pike has been creating this kind of sustainable landscape for 25 years…

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Garden Ideas, Advice at Minnesota Home Show

The temperatures may still be in the cellar, but when things warm up this weekend, cooped-up gardeners can find lots of garden ideas, advice and inspiration at the Minnesota Home…

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Green Thoughts: Roses and Seeds

What an excitement it is to order rosebushes in this glacial world, and also to read the seed catalogs by the hour, slowly coming to decisions. —May Sarton in The…

Norm Wente in the conservatory at Colonial Acres

Growing Together: Colonial Acres Conservatory

The Covenant Village of Golden Valley retirement community has independent living apartments, assisted living apartments and a nursing home and rehabilitation center called Colonial Acres, where the new conservatory is…


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…