Blog for Northern Gardeners



Planting a ‘Rug Garden’ for Big Harvests in Small Spaces

By Mary Lahr Schier | March 24, 2020 |

As we are all hunkering down during the current COVID-19 outbreak, I started thinking about what gardeners did during past crisis. Of course, they planted more gardens. A few years ago, while researching my book The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias, I came across a wonderful pamphlet from the University of Minnesota called Let’s…

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What’s a Gardener To Do?

By Mary Lahr Schier | March 17, 2020 |

It looks like we are all facing a few weeks  of restricted social activity due to the COVID-19 virus. We’ve seen several memes around social media saying “Your Garden is NOT Closed,” or something similar, and that is sure true. During this forced period of home-time, here are a few things for a gardener to…

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March/April Northern Gardener on Newsstands Now

By Mary Lahr Schier | March 1, 2020 |

Lettuce alert you to the newest issue of Northern Gardener—the one filled with spring enthusiasm and rows and rows of greens on the cover. The March/April 2020 issue of Northern Gardener is in subscribers’ hands by now and should be on newsstands, too. The magazine is carried at most Barnes and Noble stores in Minnesota,…

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Home Show Speakers: Pollinators, Mushrooms, Design and More!

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 23, 2020 |

We’ll be at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center starting Wednesday this week, and we hope you will stop by to get a taste of spring. We’ll have a great selection of bulbs and bare-root plants to choose from at the home show, lots of interesting speakers to hear and…

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The Pollinator Victory Garden: Book Review

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 20, 2020 |

Search for “pollinator” in the books section of, and about 750 titles pop up,  most of them written in the past decade as pollinator decline and concern about it has risen. Kim Eierman, founder of EcoBeneficial, explains the need to plant for pollinators in the context of victory gardens in her new book The…

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