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How to Clean Your Garden Tools

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 18, 2020 |

One of the last garden tasks to do in fall (and often one that is put off!) is to clean your garden tools and store them for winter. It’s really not that hard, especially if you rinse or wipe off your tools from time to time during the season. To clean garden tools that are…

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Plant Profile: Croton

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 13, 2020 |

If you’re looking for a houseplant to add color and drama to your home, consider croton (Codiaeum variegatum), a plant that comes in a variety of leaf shapes and colors, is relatively easy to grow and can go outside in the summer. A member of the euphorbia family, croton is native to Indonesia, Australia and…

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Garden-in-a-Box Fosters Horticultural Therapy

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 11, 2020 |

This article by Courtney Tchida originally appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. The benefits of gardening are many, including to our physical and mental health. We were frequently reminded of the relaxation and stress-relief gardening provides this year as we planted, weeded, watered and harvested through a pandemic. Time spent in the…

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November/December Northern Gardener on Newsstands Now

By Mary Lahr Schier | November 1, 2020 |

The latest issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now, and it’s filled with ideas and information to keep you inspired all winter long. Our cover image by Tracy Walsh is from Marge Hols’ story on the new University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences Conservatory. The conservatory was set to open to the public…

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Book Review: Houseplant Party

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 29, 2020 |

Lisa Eldred Steinkopf is known as the Houseplant Guru on the internet, where she hosts a blog of the same name and frequently writes for home and garden magazines and websites. Her latest book, Houseplant Party, is geared to less experienced houseplant lovers and those with a crafty bent. It would be a great gift…

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