Winter is a time many publishers issue their new gardening titles—perfect for winter reading for northern gardeners. These two new books for vegetable gardeners are packed with great information, particularly for gardeners who like to get the most from their vegetable space. The authors are both horticulturists and contributors to SavvyGardening.com. While neither of them…

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Next time you make a Target run you can support the hort society and gardening in Minnesota while picking up your shampoo and groceries. It’s easy using the Target Circle app on your phone, in store or online. Here’s how to do it: Join Target Circle Visit target.com/circle to join the Target Circle. Target Circle…

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The January/February issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now, and filled with advice, inspiration and gardening information to keep you cozy all winter—and looking forward to spring. The cover photo is from Gail Brown Hudson’s profile of Marcus Phelps-Muns0n’s St. Paul garden. While his outside garden is gorgeous, the story focuses on Marcus’ love…

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This is a continuation of the earlier post on what we’ve learned in 2020. Here are 10 more garden tips from our top 20 garden tips from 2020. Read more great information, inspiration and garden techniques in every issue of Northern Gardener. Garden design rules. By Design columnist Diane McGann reviewed several rules for garden…

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The end of the year is a great time for reflection about what’s ahead and what we learned during the season. In 2020, despite all its challenges and upheaval, each of the six issues of Northern Gardener contained advice, inspiration and information that cold-climate gardeners could put to use immediately. In this post and the…

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With a blizzard raging outside and frigid temperatures predicted for the holidays, it seems the perfect time to dream about next year’s garden and growing bouquets. Erin Benzakein’s book, A Year in Flowers (Chronicle Books, 2020), may help you make that dream a reality come spring. Benzakein is the owner of Floret Flower Farm in…

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If you check out seed catalogs and plant websites this winter, you may notice that vegetables are shrinking. Not all vegetables, of course, but more and more companies are offering tiny vegetables for gardeners to try. There are two reasons for the rise in tiny vegetables. First, more gardeners are growing food in small spaces.…

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Each year, the color-matching company Pantone lists a Color of the Year that expresses the mood of the time and tends to influence color trends in clothing, home decor and even plants. These color trends are fun to follow. In 2019, the color was Coral, and gardeners are still seeing many plants with bright coral…

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This article by Diane Duvall originally appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. “I grew up in a greenhouse,” says new MSHS member, Max Twum. “My mom used to wheel me around in a utility cart when she was working as a horticulturist at the University of Minnesota’s Bio Sciences facility.” Max’s mom…

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For the past few years, Monstera—also called Swiss cheese plant and sometimes mistakenly split-leaf philodendron—has been the plant on social media. All the influencers on Instagram seem to have a big one in a corner of their living rooms. It is a great plant, especially if you want a houseplant with impact. Native to Mexico…

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