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March Garden Chores for Northern Gardeners

March 5, 2021 |

March is a challenge for the northern gardener. The weather teases us with a warm days, followed by a deep freeze. In some years, you’ll see some early blooming bulbs—sometimes, it seems too early. In others, nothing. Given our warm temperatures this week, it’s likely much of the snow will melt, but we know that…

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Spring Northern Gardener Available Now

March 1, 2021 |

Early spring is the perfect time to get excited about what you’ll be growing during the upcoming season and planning where to plant things. The March/April issue of Northern Gardener, which is on newsstands now, is filled with plant suggestions and new techniques to try. Our cover image is from Michelle Mero Riedel’s article on…

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Better Basils: New Disease Resistant Basil Varieties

February 24, 2021 |

This article by Theresa Mieseler originally appeared in the May/June 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Basil is a pleasure to touch, smell, taste and harvest. It pairs with tomatoes as deliciously as strawberries pair with rhubarb and can even be used in desserts! While northern gardeners love the traditional sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum), basil downy…

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American Gold Rush Rudbeckia

February 24, 2021 |

This article by Plant to Pick columnist Debbie Lonnee appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Since 1990, the Perennial Plant Association, a group of professional perennial growers, designers, retailers and educators, has promoted a “Plant of the Year.” These plants are chosen because they are low-maintenance, have multiple seasons of ornamental interest,…

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Thank You, Master Gardeners!

February 16, 2021 |

Nearly 50,000 Minnesotans got answers to their gardening problems in 2020 thanks to University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners. That’s one of the inspiring statistics and stories in a recently released annual report from the group. If you are not familiar with them, master gardeners have been around since 1977. The program is run by…

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