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Book Review: Foliage First

By Mary Lahr Schier | May 27, 2020 |

One of the mantras often repeated by garden designers is “think foliage first, then flowers.” Foliage lasts throughout the growing season and sometimes hangs on into winter, while flowers on trees, shrubs and perennials tend to be fleeting. In this book by Washington-state based garden designers Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz, foliage is both the…

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Watch Out for Jumping Worms

By Mary Lahr Schier | May 20, 2020 |

Spring is a good time to watch out for jumping worms (Amynthas sp.), the latest invasive pest to hit Minnesota. As gardeners are planting potted plants, adding compost and mulch to gardens and spending more time observing their yards, they are more likely to notice the writhing jumping worms and the tell-tale soil with a…

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Book Review: Hardy Roses

By Mary Lahr Schier | May 14, 2020 |

Growing roses in New Brunswick, Canada, nursery owner Bob Osborne knows a thing or two about cold-climate gardening. He’s recently released the third edition of his book, Hardy Roses: The Essential Guide for High Latitudes and Altitudes¬†(Firefly Books, 2020). This is a great book for those new to rose growing or someone who has grown…

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Victory Garden Advice from the Past

By Mary Lahr Schier | May 13, 2020 |

With so many folks planting a food garden this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to go back into the archives of MSHS and see what kind of advice the hort society had for those tending a victory garden during World War II. Victory Gardens were encouraged all across the United States during…

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Mother Nature Gives Us the Cold Shoulder

By Mary Lahr Schier | May 7, 2020 |

Remember all those posts we’ve had in the past about last frost date. You know, this one, this one and this one. Here’s the thing to remember. Mother Nature doesn’t read this blog. Sometimes, she throws a bit of a curve. Over the next five nights, we will be getting temperatures very close to freezing.…

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