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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Time at home and concern about the global pandemic have prompted a lot of folks to consider planting a vegetable garden this year, maybe for the first time. We love that! And, you can check out our resource hub for information or register for one of our free webinars on vegetable gardening. But what to…

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In honor of Earth Day 2020, we’re posting this book review from our May/June 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. We share author Douglas Tallamy’s belief that home gardens are “nature’s best hope,” and that gardeners will play a significant role in conserving the Earth, one garden at a time. In Nature’s Best Hope (Timber Press,…

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With our erratic springs—70 one day, 30 the next—it’s often a challenge to figure out when to plant your vegetables or ornamental plants. Most experienced gardeners use a variety of ways to determine when to plant their crops. Here are three we’ve tried: By Frost Free Dates. Most seed packets will include a recommended seed…

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