The approach of heat, humidity and regular thunderstorms signals we have hit June, and it’s time to think about June garden chores for gardeners in USDA Zones 3 and 4. Here are a dozen to get you started. 1. Enjoy your garden! You’ve done a lot of work already this season, and it’s been a…

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This article originally appeared in the May/June 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Over the past year, MSHS has been helping create connection through gardening at the intersection of Como and Rice streets in St. Paul through our Minnesota Green program. At the Como-Rice intersection, MSHS, the City of St. Paul, the Capitol Area Architectural and…

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One of the mantras often repeated by garden designers is “think foliage first, then flowers.” Foliage lasts throughout the growing season and sometimes hangs on into winter, while flowers on trees, shrubs and perennials tend to be fleeting. In this book by Washington-state based garden designers Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz, foliage is both the…

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Spring is a good time to watch out for jumping worms (Amynthas sp.), the latest invasive pest to hit Minnesota. As gardeners are planting potted plants, adding compost and mulch to gardens and spending more time observing their yards, they are more likely to notice the writhing jumping worms and the tell-tale soil with a…

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Growing roses in New Brunswick, Canada, nursery owner Bob Osborne knows a thing or two about cold-climate gardening. He’s recently released the third edition of his book, Hardy Roses: The Essential Guide for High Latitudes and Altitudes (Firefly Books, 2020). This is a great book for those new to rose growing or someone who has grown…

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With so many folks planting a food garden this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to go back into the archives of MSHS and see what kind of advice the hort society had for those tending a victory garden during World War II. Victory Gardens were encouraged all across the United States during…

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Remember all those posts we’ve had in the past about last frost date. You know, this one, this one and this one. Here’s the thing to remember. Mother Nature doesn’t read this blog. Sometimes, she throws a bit of a curve. Over the next five nights, we will be getting temperatures very close to freezing.…

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This article by Courtney Tschida originally appeared in the May/June 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Our 2020 Minnesota Green sign-ups and seed pick-ups are well under way—with a few accommodations to keep everything at a distance. More than 60 community, school, church and public gardens have already joined the program this year! Among our Minnesota…

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What to do in the garden in May? The better question is what not to do as May is likely the northern gardener’s busiest month. Cleaning up, feeding the soil, planting, weeding and plant shopping are among the tasks to keep gardeners busy in May. Here’s a short list of garden chores for May: Continue…

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Subscribers should already have in hand the May/June 2020 issue of Northern Gardener, and it will be stores (Lund’s & Byerly’s and Kowalski’s in the Twin Cities) on May 1. This issue with is dramatic cover is filled with garden inspiration and information. The cover is a photo of a toad lily (Tricyrtis hirta) taken…

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