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Let Us Put Your Community Garden on the Map

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 26, 2020 |

Do you participate in a community garden? It might be a garden club that cares for plantings around a community center or one that plants and waters hanging baskets in a your downtown. Maybe yours is a garden that provides garden plots for folks who don’t have enough space to garden at their homes. Perhaps…

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Congratulations to Our Great Gardening Contest 2020 Winners

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 22, 2020 |

Our first digital gardening competition is in the books, and you knocked our gardening clogs off! Our social media feeds were flooded with Great Gardening Contest2020 entries from Upper Midwest gardeners of all skill levels, backgrounds and growing styles. A panel of credentialed judges reviewed all the entries, and we’re excited to share this year’s…

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Book Review: Uprooted

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 20, 2020 |

I am a big fan of garden memoirs (as evidenced here, here and here) because they dig deep into why each of us gardens. Paige Dickey’s new book, Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again (Timber Press, 2020), is a beautiful example of the genre—beautifully imagined, beautifully written, beautifully photographed. It’s one of the best…

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European Chafer Beetle: New Lawn Pest

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 13, 2020 |

A new and potentially very destructive lawn pest has been discovered for the first time in Minnesota this year. The European chafer beetle was found in a lawn in south Minneapolis this summer. According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the European chafer beetle (Amphimallon majale) can be more destructive to lawns than Japanese beetles…

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Plant Profile: Garlic Mustard

By Mary Lahr Schier | October 8, 2020 |

Usually when we write these plant profiles it’s about a plant we think makes a great addition to northern yards and gardens. Garlic mustard—not so much. But this is a plant that you should know so you can identify it when it enters your yard—and get rid of it ASAP. To Learn More If you…

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