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Assessing Winter Damage

April really is the cruelest month for gardeners in the North. It’s the time when we see all the damage that has occurred over winter. While brown spots on the…

Trees and shrubs give shelter to birds.

Gardeners and Earth Day

It’s been almost 45 years since the first Earth Day, which will be marked tomorrow with celebrations, conferences and lots of educational events. One of the best ways to help…

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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…

'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…