August is the month when many of your garden efforts come to fruition — generally in the form of tomatoes, peppers, melons, eggplant, corn on the cob and other goodies. This is the month when much of your attention is focused on picking, preserving and sharing vegetables. Keeping up with harvesting your vegetables is probably…

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Maybe I’m imagining it, but are Japanese beetle numbers down this year? Japanese beetles may be one of the most hated pests of northern gardeners, closely following deer in many places. While they are not prevalent all over Minnesota, Japanese beetles are “abundant” in the seven county metro area, as well as in Blue Earth,…

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This article by Diane Duvall originally appeared in the July/August 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. For more information about joining the Heirloom Circle, contact Diane at dduvall@northerngardener.org. Talent, knowledge, time and financial support is Heirloom Circle member Terry Beitlich’s perfect recipe for philanthropy. “When you have passion for a nonprofit’s mission, these things are given…

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We’ve had some super hot days recently. According to the weather folks, 11 days have had temperatures in the 90s, with more in the forecast. After working in the garden on a hot day, I like to enjoy infused water to cool me down. We all know we need to stay hydrated when outside on…

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Nothing can take over the garden, the yard, the world faster than a happy winter squash plant, which leads some gardeners to ask “Can you prune squash vines?” Individual squash vines can grow 10 to 12 feet long and a squash plant may have several branches on it, spreading and sprawling over whatever space they…

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In The Earth in Her Hands (Timber Press, 2020), Jennifer Jewell introduces readers to 75 women in horticulture and gardening. Some are names you’ll recognize from plant tags or seed packets, such as Renee Shepherd of Renee’s Garden Seeds or Annie Hayes of Annie’s Annuals and Perennials. Some are famous for other endeavors, such as…

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This article on our MSHS gardening webinars originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. To help our members grow as gardeners, MSHS has beenoffering more digital classes than ever before. In fact, hundreds of new and experienced gardeners have taken advantage of our free and reduced price gardening webinars during the past few…

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With the heat, humidity and occasional rains, many gardens have exploded this month. Fortunately, we gardeners can enjoy them with a streamlined list of chores. Basically, July involves weeding, watering and watching. Here’s what we mean: Weeding I make a point of weeding casually almost every day. By this time of year, you probably know…

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The July/August 2020 issue of Northern Gardener is out now, and it includes some great summer reading as well as a new look and content in the MSHS News section. The very summery zinnia photo on the cover was taken by Tracy Walsh at the gardens of Mary Shannon in Richfield. Mary moved to the…

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Ornamental grasses of all kinds look at home in northern gardens. Their swaying seed heads in late summer remind us of the prairie past of much of Minnesota and the Dakotas. While I like many ornamental grasses, my latest favorite is little bluestem. Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) is a native plant with a range that…

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