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How to Do a Soil Texture Test

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 23, 2012 |

Horticulturist Nancy Rose’s article in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener talks about the importance of knowing your soil for more garden success. Here are her instructions for testing the texture of your soil. How to Test Soil Texture While not as precise as a lab test, this is a quick way to determine if…

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Get Your Garden Ready for Winter

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 17, 2012 |

Oh, no! Can the garden season really be coming to a close so soon? This week, we’re having slightly warmer temperatures—and happily, some rain!—but the fall is hard upon us and now is the time to start getting your garden ready for winter. This weekend may be the perfect chance. Here’s some great advice we…

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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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