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Overwintering Tropical Plants

October 19, 2021 |

Some parts of the state have experienced frost already and most will in the next week, so it’s time to think about overwintering tropical plants. Which plants do we mean? In this post, we’ll cover canna and calla lilies, geraniums (Pelargonium), begonias and coleus. If there are other questions you have about overwintering tropical plants…

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How to Store Squash for Winter

October 14, 2021 |

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

October 13, 2021 |

“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

October 6, 2021 |

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?

October 5, 2021 |

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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