Go for Gold in Holiday Containers

Yellow twig dogwood and faux berries add a subtle gold to the larger container. Piling gold ornaments on a bed of greenery is an easy, elegant front-door look. Nothing says happy holidays like a big, festive container of piney greens on your front porch. Add some red berries or twigs and you’re good to go.…

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A New Guide to Outside Style

With its friendly tone, practical sensibility and solid advice, Ryan McEnaney’s new book, Field Guide to Outside Style: Design and Plant Your Perfect Outdoor Space (Cool Springs Press, 2022), would be a great gift to any new homeowner or experienced gardener ready to revamp their yard. This book approaches garden design in a way that…

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150 Tips: Evergreens in the Landscape

After the last Ice Age, Minnesota was a land with vast expanses of pine tree forests, so it’s no surprise that homeowners and gardeners have always valued evergreens in the landscape. From its earliest days, MSHS has encouraged gardeners to plant evergreens. Evergreens come in a variety of sizes, needle colors and shapes. Plant evergreens…

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Growing Microgreens Indoors and in Winter

No matter the season, you can have something that you’ve grown on your plate – microgreens! Growing microgreens is easy, quick and satisfying for the off-season gardener. The greens add a nutritious touch of freshness to salads and sandwiches and growing microgreens is a fun project with children. Microgreens usually go from seed to plate…

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Seed Catalogs 101

seed catalogs

The snow squeaks under your boots as you trudge through the drifts to the mailbox. It’s only December, but you’re already growing weary of the winter weather, the frigid temps, and the endlessly gray skies. Spring seems far away. But what’s this? Tucked inside your mailbox, underneath a stack of bills, is a beacon of…

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150 Tips: Prepping for Winter

As we get toward the end of November, it’s time to button up the garden and the gardener for winter. Cut back plants in fall (or better yet, DON’T). Advice on the wisdom of cutting back spent foliage and dried stems has varied enormously over the years. In the past, some gardens were so clean,…

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Gardening Love and Lunacy

asparagus fern indoors

Let’s face it: gardening in a northern zone means November is about as depressing as gardening gets. I mean, I love my plants, and watching the last little flowers on my rose bushes, obedient plants and a few other late-blooming soldiers succumb to the frigid temps actually makes me sad. I know there is nothing…

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Ask a Master Gardener: When to Plant Amaryllis Bulbs?

Happy Halloween! I admit, I shuddered a bit to see Target being transformed into a Christmas wonderland this week, but at the same time, it was a good reminder: time to plant amaryllises! This edition of Ask a Master Gardener attempts to demystify what is admittedly a fairly easy process—it just requires some planning. Q:…

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150 Tips: Root Cellars and Other Food Storage Ideas

“I believe more fruit and vegetables are lost every year through improper storage than through any other cause,” wrote F.B.McLeran of Wrenshall in 1907. To last a long time, vegetables need uniform temperature (about 40 degrees), darkness and proper humidity. For McLeran, root cellars were the answer. At the time, most storage areas were underground…

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Herbal Happy Hour

grapefruit and thyme bourbon smash

Few things brighten up a winter kitchen like a cheerful container of herbs on the windowsill, but those savory stems take on glamorous appeal when used to class up some classic cocktails. More than just looking pretty, however, these everyday herbs add interesting dimensions when infused into otherwise ordinary tipples. This winter, wow your guests…

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