A new and potentially very destructive lawn pest has been discovered for the first time in Minnesota this year. The European chafer beetle was found in a lawn in south Minneapolis this summer. According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the European chafer beetle (Amphimallon majale) can be more destructive to lawns than Japanese beetles…

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Usually when we write these plant profiles it’s about a plant we think makes a great addition to northern yards and gardens. Garlic mustard—not so much. But this is a plant that you should know so you can identify it when it enters your yard—and get rid of it ASAP. To Learn More If you…

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October in the garden is all about cleaning up, enjoying that last bit of harvest or beauty from the garden, and getting ready for winter. Here are a few October garden chores to put on your list for the next couple of weeks. Clean up plants, gradually. We’re not members of the squeaky clean garden…

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This article originally appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. “I just love the work you do at the horticultural society,” says Sharon Krumme, who recently made the decision to join the MSHS Heirloom Circle and include the society in her estate plan. Sharon, who is managing director of investments at Wells Fargo,…

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Last year, when the City of St. Paul removed 33 ash trees from the two blocks around my house, they planted a variety of trees to replace them. Some ginkgos, a few crabapples, a few others, but the largest number of trees planted were swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor). It’s a great choice for an…

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This article originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. Fall is the best time for garlic planting, though you will not reap the benefits of your efforts until next summer , when you are enjoying fresh pesto, quiches and other garlic-filled dishes. This crop is easy to grow at home. Plant the garlic…

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We have missed seeing gardens this year through master gardener tours, garden club events and other garden joys. We also missed our Minnesota State Fair Potted Plant Show. We can’t let the year pass without seeing more gardens, so we’re hosting the Great Gardening Contest—virtually! Show Us Your Photos Entering the contest is easy! First,…

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The outdoor thermometer the other morning read 47 degrees at 7 a.m. There’s no denying it: We’re heading toward fall. September is one of my favorite months in the garden. The frenetic activity of early summer to get things started and the heat of July and August are absent. But that doesn’t mean there are…

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This article originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. It was a natural partnership—a world-class health organization looking for ways to promote growing fresh vegetables and a group of experienced gardeners eager to serve their community. When the Mayo Clinic reached out to the Dodge County Master Gardeners in 2017, both groups were…

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The September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now, and it’s filled with useful and inspiring information. Our cover image comes from Gail Brown Hudson’s article on why fall is the best time for garden planning and planting. The article is filled with suggestions for how to assess your garden to make next…

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