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Low-Sugar Applesauce

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 11, 2012 |

This is the time of year when Minnesotans love heading to their local orchard or (if they are lucky) harvesting the last few apples off the tree for eating and preserving. One of our favorite ways to preserve apple deliciousness is by making applesauce. Here’s a recipe from Northern Gardener editor Mary Schier for a…

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We Love Local Foods!

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 8, 2012 |

The movement to encourage folks to eat more local foods is several years old now, and it’s amazing how many foods you can enjoy in the Midwest that were grown or made here. Of course, the best local foods are the ones from your garden, but not all of us have the space or expertise…

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Fall in Love with Sedum

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 5, 2012 |

Whether rock gardeners or cottage gardeners, prairie gardeners or formal gardeners, most northern gardeners have sedum somewhere in their garden. It’s easy to fall in love with this autumn bloomer. Sedum starts as a dainty little cabbage head each spring, grows into a perfect green (or purple) background to summer flowers, and then it flowers…

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Best Thing Ever to Make with Red Peppers

By Mary Lahr Schier | September 27, 2012 |

If you are lucky, your vegetable garden is bulging with colored peppers. If not, local farmers’ markets have plenty, and this recipe for red pepper relish is one of the best things ever to make with red peppers. It’s sweet, tart, spicy and it pumps up the flavor of almost any bland dish — cheese…

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What Your Lawn Needs This Fall

By Mary Lahr Schier | September 26, 2012 |

Fall is the prime time to do lawn maintenance: fertilizing, weed control, aerating, reseeding even. But what does your lawn really need this fall: Water! We recently came upon a University of Minnesota Extension press release about fall lawn maintenance. In it, extension turf grass guru Sam Bauer says: The lack of precipitation in August…

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