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Does Your Garden Design Have a 'Big Move'?

April 17, 2013 |

I’ve been digging through my notes from the garden education days I attended this spring. These events are held all over the state and are wonderful sources of information and inspiration. Some of them include well-known speakers, such as Julie Moir Messervy, a garden design expert and author who spoke at the Carver-Scott Master Gardeners’…

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Update on the Vegetable Seed Starting

April 10, 2013 |

Our extended winter-like weather and delayed spring has changed the timing for planting some things in the garden that I’ve started indoors. My trays of heirloom lettuces were not looking happy indoors under the lights, so I moved them outside into cold frames. However, we continue to see unusually cold nights with temps dipping down…

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Unusual Vegetables for Northern Gardeners

April 9, 2013 |

In yesterday’s post, we offered a few tips from Jackie Smith of the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Carver and Scott Counties on growing vegetables. Jackie’s comments came during a presentation on growing unusual — or more accurately — underused vegetables in northern gardens. While the most popular vegetables to grow are tomatoes,…

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Tips for Growing Vegetables in the North

April 8, 2013 |

What’s going to be growing in your vegetable garden this summer? How about trying something different—maybe Chinese cabbage or pak choi, spicy mustard greens or fennel? These were among the unusual vegetables recommended for northern gardens by Jackie Smith, a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener, who is a bit of a legend among Minnesota…

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The Value of Keeping Garden Records

April 4, 2013 |

A Facebook friend who is also a garden blogger posted about the explosion in websites that help people keep garden records. I’ve owned many garden journals and, for years, bought notebooks that I labeled “Garden” but I never really kept records well until I started blogging in 2007. Since then, the value of keeping garden…

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