How to Store Squash for Winter

It looks like fall is finally coming in, and that means it will soon be time to store squash for winter. Depending on the variety, winter squash can keep for weeks or months, allowing you to eat from your garden well into winter. Harvest Tips For the best storage, harvest squash when they are fully…

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Minnesota Gardens to Visit in Fall

“Leaf-peeping,” the tradition of driving around in October to look at changing leaves, is a popular fall activity in Minnesota. But how about gardening peeping? There are many lovely Minnesota gardens to visit in fall that are open to the public for free or a reasonable fee. Public gardens generally offer pretty views, mature trees…

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Tips for Moving Houseplants Indoors for Winter

Most years, northern gardeners who bring their houseplants outside for summer would be done moving houseplants indoors by now. But with the warm temperatures we’ve had this fall, there may be a few hoyas, pothos, citrus trees or other houseplants still hanging out on the patio. The time for moving will soon be upon us,…

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Which Heritage Apples are Still Available?

Recently, our community outreach manager Courtney Tchida visited the Gibbs Farm, a wonderful historic site run by the Ramsey County Historical Society. There, she had a chance to taste one of Minnesota’s most important heritage apples—the Wealthy apple. The hort society really got its start because of apples and one of the most significant (and…

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Add a Cold Frame to Extend the Season

While northern gardeners often use cold frames to give seedlings a jump start in spring, adding a cold frame to your garden can be helpful in fall, too. Positioned to catch the sun and keep vegetables warm, these beds can add weeks to your harvest season for greens, root crops and more.   Cold frames…

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Thank You! Community Outreach Supporters

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2021 issue of Northern Gardener. Our signature outreach programs, Minnesota Green and Garden in a Box, assist community gardeners and help children and underserved populations enjoy the benefits of gardening. We could not serve nearly as many people as we do without financial and in-kind support from many…

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Planting Perennials in Fall

Fall is a great time to plant spring-blooming bulbs, tress, shrubs and, yes, perennials. While many people choose spring for planting perennials, there are some real advantages to fall planting, especially if you do it in September. Here are five reasons to be planting perennials in fall: Softer Weather. May weather is all over the…

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Congratulations, Potted Plant Show Winners

The 2021 Minnesota State Fair was different in many ways, but in keeping with tradition, the first two days of the fair included displays of some of the prettiest potted plants Minnesotans can grow. The MSHS Potted Plant Show includes categories for houseplants, container plants, cacti and more. And, Minnesota gardeners did not disappoint. We…

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Growing the Next Generation of Gardeners

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2021 issue of Northern Gardener. “This campaign you’ve got to expand your membership is an opportunity to pass on the joy of growing to the next generation of gardeners,” says Todd Sicard, a society member who was part of a team of Minnesota corporate volunteers sponsored by Hands…

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Learn from Garden Pros at The Dirt Stage

By Rick Juliusson, MSHS executive director As a child, the State Fair was always a jumble of food, rides, shows and baby animals—more an amusement park than an exhibition. But my older and wiser self appreciates the many opportunities to learn at the Minnesota State Fair. In addition to our popular educational displays, for several…

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