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Book Review: The Backyard Homesteader

February 11, 2021 |

Books on becoming more resilient and self-sufficient have been popular for years. Some are memoirs from those who’ve done it, such as two of my favorites, Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle and Joan Dye Gussow’s This Organic Life. Others tend toward the practical, from the 1940s classic, The Have-More Plan, to more recent books on…

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Plant Profile: String of Hearts

February 9, 2021 |

Flowers are traditional for Valentine’s Day, but a houseplant lasts longer and is a gift that fits many situations—friend, child, parent or significant other. String of hearts seems like the perfect houseplant for Valentine’s Day. Officially, the plant is Ceropegia woodii, one of more than 60 species of Ceropegia. Most are native to South Africa,…

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Member Spotlight: Healing in the Garden

February 3, 2021 |

This article by Diane Duvall originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. “Gardening this year was an outlet for me for the what ifs,” says Jordyn Meskan, who was diagnosed with cancer around Christmas of 2019. “It’s been a healing place.” Jordyn grew up gardening, learning from her parents and her aunt, MSHS…

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February Garden Chores: A Short and Fun List

February 3, 2021 |

The list of  February garden chores is not too long—but it sure is fun.  This is the time of year when gardeners have rested up enough from the past season to be excited about what they will grow in 2021. Here are some of the February garden chores to tackle: Plan Your Garden The other…

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The Plant Penthouse: Favorite Houseplants

January 28, 2021 |

This article originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. Even in the dead of winter, Lakeville native and powerhouse plant mama Shayla Owodunni is growing—she shares her Northeast Minneapolis condo with more than 80 favorite houseplants, all beautifully styled to create a lush, tropical oasis in the middle of a frozen city. Shayla…

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