Blog for Northern Gardeners

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Growing Perennials in Containers

June 30, 2021 |

Growing perennials in containers makes sense for northern gardeners for a lot of reasons. Sometimes you have a plant you want to add to the garden, but aren’t sure exactly where it should go. Other times, you may know where you want the plant to be placed but because of heat (about which we know…

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New Places to Find Northern Gardener

June 29, 2021 |

While it’s easiest to get each issue of Northern Gardener by subscribing or joining the hort society, you can pick up the magazine at many newsstands. In the past few months, we’ve vastly expanded the number of newsstands that carry the magazine. In addition to many local nurseries and garden centers, Barnes and Noble stores…

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Master Gardener Project at Amborella House

June 22, 2021 |

The Amborella House, which opened its doors to victims of sex trafficking in October, underwent a landscaping makeover with support from the Chisago County Master Gardeners. With the help of two others, Master Gardener Leslie Scharafanow designed and landscaped about 4,550 square feet of the property, adding two perennial gardens, a mulched seating area, firepit…

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Book Review: The Perennial Kitchen

June 18, 2021 |

Local author Beth Dooley’s latest cookbook, The Perennial Kitchen: Simple Recipes for a Healthy Future (University of Minnesota Press, 2021), is a celebration of all things local and sustainable: from food grown by local farmers and ranchers to your home garden. The book focuses on how to use these ingredients to create healthy and delicious…

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What to Do About Scorched Plants

June 15, 2021 |

Like many gardeners in Minnesota, I’ve been discovering crispy, browning leaves on my plants—the new hydrangeas I’m testing, winterberries that have been in the ground for years, green beans. Are these scorched plants due to the heatwave we’ve had in June? Or are they symptoms of disease? And, what should a gardener do about them?…

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