Peppers, Garden Chaos and More: New Northern Gardener

The latest issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now, and it’s full of information to get gardeners excited about the coming season. Our cover story is on two hot pepper fanatics—Steve Marier of the Hugo Feed Mill and one of his customers, Jim Perry of the University of Minnesota. These two guys know and love peppers, especially the unusual and very hot ones. They have lots of techniques and tips for growing the best peppers this year, as well as some variety recommendations from Jim. Regular contributor Michelle Mero Riedel shot the enticing cover image.

This issue also includes a meditation on the beauty and utility of chaos in the garden, written by garden guru Ted Beverly. He argues that cutting back on cutting back and other spring garden chores produces a healthier garden and a more relaxed gardener.

Red Wing Master Gardener and Northern Gardener contributor Terry Yockey introduces us to Dan and Diane Mueller, who have turned their country garden into a haven for monarch butterflies. In addition to planting for butterflies, Diane raises monarchs from egg to butterfly and offers suggestions on how to grow a garden that monarch’s love. Elsewhere Susy Morris of the Chiot’s Run blog explains how to grow your first vegetable garden and Diane McGann describes her efforts to re-claim and buckthorn-filled wooded part of her landscape. One word: Persistence!

Finally, I had a chance to talk with two experts from the U of M Extension on what to expect in terms of bugs and diseases in 2017. The headline says it all: Count on Trouble.

If you are not a member of MSHS or a subscriber, you can pick up Northern Gardener at Barnes & Noble, many Lunds and Byerly’s stores and at fine garden centers all over the state. Or, stop at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show this weekend and sign up to get Northern Gardener delivered to your home six times a year.

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