Posts by Mary Lahr Schier

When Can We Plant Vegetable Seeds?

As this long and snowy winter finally eases its grip, many gardeners are wondering how much they should adjust their vegetable planting schedule. By some reports, we are a good three weeks behind the usual weather and planting for Minnesota. Of course, many gardeners have already started seeds under lights in hopes of getting them…

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Planting Pansies: Is it Safe Yet?

As we dig out from yet another (please, please, please make it the last) spring snowstorm, gardeners can’t help but wonder: Is it safe to be planting pansies yet? Judging by the long-term forecast for the Twin Cities, it looks like this weekend may be a good time to plant pansies in your containers for…

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Minnesota Green: CAPI

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the March/April issue of Northern Gardener. CAPI is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 4,000 low-income immigrants and refugees primarily living in Hennepin County. Within its food and nutrition services, CAPI offers a garden program that creates access to culturally suitable food for Hmong, Laotian and…

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More Great Garden Speakers at Home Show

Wow! What a lot of terrific talks there were at last weekend’s Minneapolis Home and Garden Show. The show continues this weekend and we have more great garden speakers who will be answering your questions on everything from gardening for pollinators to growing native plants to gardening for those of us who are a little…

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Three Tips from a Pro for Better Garden Photos

One of the best things about the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show is the chance to learn from pros, covering everything from home decor to gardening. Michelle Mero Riedel, a regular contributor to Northern Gardener magazine, U of M Extension Master Gardener and professional photographer, is among the speakers at the garden stage this weekend.…

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Great Garden Speakers at the Home and Garden Show

We’ll have an abundance of great garden speakers at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show this weekend, covering everything from permaculture design to how to take beautiful garden photos. While you are at the show, don’t forget to stop off at the MSHS booth (No. 1557 in the Garden Market) to see a big selection…

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Spotlight: What’s New at the Home and Garden Show

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of Northern Gardener. Some exciting changes for MSHS are happening this year at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show. The home and garden show runs two weekends this year, March 30-April 1 and April 6-8, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Aside from our…

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Book Review: A Little Book of Gardening in Northwest Minnesota

Russ Colson’s Little Book of Gardening in Northwest Minnesota (Create Space, 2017) is a spare, insightful meditation on garden philosophy, with some how-to on the side to keep the reader grounded. It’s the kind of book many devoted gardeners wish they could write to express what they have gained from creating and nurturing a garden.…

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Book Review: Hydroponic Gardening, The Very Easy Way

Larry Cipolla is a well-known Twin Cities University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener and garden speaker, who tends a wonderful garden in Edina. It combines a Japanese garden with an abundance of water features with innovative vegetable-growing strategies. He’s taken one of his special interests—hydroponic gardening—and provided a detailed discussion of how home gardeners can…

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Book Review: Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers

As spring creeps up on us, eager lovers of wildflowers will soon begin exploring Minnesota’s forests and natural areas looking for rue anemone, hepatica and Canada mayflower. They will be out again in summer to look for white prairie clover or horned bladderwort; and in fall, searching for signs of white rattlesnake root and heath…

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