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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 2—Black Hills Spruce

November 2, 2012 |

Winters in the North can be wimpy or wild, but no matter how severe or mild, winter will be here for a long, long time. That stretch between November and April almost requires that northern gardeners add evergreens to their landscapes to provide color and texture to the winter scene. The list of evergreen options…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 1— Peonies

November 1, 2012 |

Many gardeners look forward to November, a time when the northern garden is mostly put to bed and you can relax with a cup of tea and a sense of satisfaction about the season just finished. It’s also a time when your garden from the previous year is fresh in your mind and you can…

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How to Do a Soil Percolation Test

October 24, 2012 |

The November/December issue of Northern Gardener includes Nancy Rose’s article called “A Tale of Two Soils.” Many Minnesotans know Nancy from her years as a horticulturist at the University of Minnesota. A few years ago, she moved to Massachusetts. In her article, she talks about the difference soil makes in what you can grow and…

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How to Do a Soil Texture Test

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

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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