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It's Time to Save Seeds for Next Year

By Mary Lahr Schier | September 14, 2012 |

With the vegetable garden bulging with produce and many flowers starting to fade, seed savers are on the look-out for the best plants in their garden. The reason is simple: The best plants yield the best seed. Gardeners save seed for many reasons. Some want to preserve heirloom varieties. Others want to save seeds so…

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New Issue of Northern Gardener Available

By Mary Lahr Schier | September 4, 2012 |

The September/October issue of Northern Gardener should be on newsstands now, and it’s a great issue. We had many people at the Minnesota State Fair comment on how enticing the magazine looked. The beautiful shot of a tomato on the cover is from an article on Three Cedar Farm, the lush garden shared by Ted…

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Garden Chores for September

By Mary Lahr Schier | September 1, 2012 |

As August ends and fall activities gear up, it’s easy to let the garden go a bit — to weed less, forget to pick those extra large zucchini, even neglect watering. But September is a great month to enjoy the beauty you have created and get ready for next year. Here are some chores to…

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Love Those Asters!

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 30, 2012 |

As August slides toward September, the heat tends to ease up and many gardens improve in appearance. Some plants will put on a second flush of bloom, annuals that faded in the heat perk up, and the fall flowers—especially asters—add rich, bright color. Because they give the garden a boost at the end of the…

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Learn about Hummingbirds, Fragrance at Fall Garden Festival

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 29, 2012 |

The First District of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society is sponsoring a Fall Garden Festival and Flower Show in Red Wing on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by  the Goodhue County Horticultural Society. The keynote speaker is Donald Mitchell, a hummingbird expert whose garden was profiled in the July/August 2011…

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