One of the last garden tasks to do in fall (and often one that is put off!) is to clean your garden tools and store them for winter. It’s really not that hard, especially if you rinse or wipe off your tools from time to time during the season. To clean garden tools that are…

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If you’re looking for a houseplant to add color and drama to your home, consider croton (Codiaeum variegatum), a plant that comes in a variety of leaf shapes and colors, is relatively easy to grow and can go outside in the summer. A member of the euphorbia family, croton is native to Indonesia, Australia and…

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This article by Courtney Tchida originally appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. The benefits of gardening are many, including to our physical and mental health. We were frequently reminded of the relaxation and stress-relief gardening provides this year as we planted, weeded, watered and harvested through a pandemic. Time spent in the…

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The latest issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now, and it’s filled with ideas and information to keep you inspired all winter long. Our cover image by Tracy Walsh is from Marge Hols’ story on the new University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences Conservatory. The conservatory was set to open to the public…

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Lisa Eldred Steinkopf is known as the Houseplant Guru on the internet, where she hosts a blog of the same name and frequently writes for home and garden magazines and websites. Her latest book, Houseplant Party, is geared to less experienced houseplant lovers and those with a crafty bent. It would be a great gift…

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Do you participate in a community garden? It might be a garden club that cares for plantings around a community center or one that plants and waters hanging baskets in a your downtown. Maybe yours is a garden that provides garden plots for folks who don’t have enough space to garden at their homes. Perhaps…

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Our first digital gardening competition is in the books, and you knocked our gardening clogs off! Our social media feeds were flooded with Great Gardening Contest2020 entries from Upper Midwest gardeners of all skill levels, backgrounds and growing styles. A panel of credentialed judges reviewed all the entries, and we’re excited to share this year’s…

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I am a big fan of garden memoirs (as evidenced here, here and here) because they dig deep into why each of us gardens. Paige Dickey’s new book, Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again (Timber Press, 2020), is a beautiful example of the genre—beautifully imagined, beautifully written, beautifully photographed. It’s one of the best…

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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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