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New Northern Gardener on Newsstands Soon

October 27, 2021 |

The November/December 2021 issue of Northern Gardener has been delivered to most subscribers and will be on newsstands soon. This issue is filled with practical information and inspiration for gardeners from absolute beginners to veterans. I’ll admit it: This may be my favorite issue of the year. Let’s start with the cover. The beautiful photo…

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Strategies for the First Frost and Beyond

October 21, 2021 |

It’s overdue by a week or more, but it looks like even southern Minnesota will get its first frost overnight or in the next few days. How should a northern gardener respond? Winter is coming, of course, but there are ways to stretch out the season, whether that means a few more harvests from the…

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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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