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How to Tell If Your Melon is Ripe

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 6, 2020 |

Is it melon time yet? Depending on which melons you grew and when you planted them, you may already have had your first taste of a delicious homegrown cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon. Or, you may be looking at the wild vines in your vegetable garden and wondering if your melon is ripe yet. Here’s how…

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August Garden Chore List

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 5, 2020 |

August is the month when many of your garden efforts come to fruition — generally in the form of tomatoes, peppers, melons, eggplant, corn on the cob and other goodies. This is the month when much of your attention is focused on picking, preserving and sharing vegetables. Keeping up with harvesting your vegetables is probably…

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Are Japanese Beetle Numbers Down?

By Mary Lahr Schier | July 30, 2020 |

Maybe I’m imagining it, but are Japanese beetle numbers down this year? Japanese beetles may be one of the most hated pests of northern gardeners, closely following deer in many places. While they are not prevalent all over Minnesota, Japanese beetles are “abundant” in the seven county metro area, as well as in Blue Earth,…

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Heirloom Circle Profile: Terry Beitlich

By Mary Lahr Schier | July 22, 2020 |

This article by Diane Duvall originally appeared in the July/August 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. For more information about joining the Heirloom Circle, contact Diane at Talent, knowledge, time and financial support is Heirloom Circle member Terry Beitlich’s perfect recipe for philanthropy. “When you have passion for a nonprofit’s mission, these things are given…

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Enjoy Infused Water from Your Garden

By Mary Lahr Schier | July 21, 2020 |

We’ve had some super hot days recently. According to the weather folks, 11 days have had temperatures in the 90s, with more in the forecast. After working in the garden on a hot day, I like to enjoy infused water to cool me down. We all know we need to stay hydrated when outside on…

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