Keeping a Modern Root Cellar

May 31, 2022 |

By Meg Cowden — It’s simple, really. I prefer the easy road. Grab a carrot, a couple potatoes, maybe an onion or garlic and cook a simple family dinner. Whether it’s August or the middle of February, I like my vegetables homegrown and fresh. And that’s why my family built root cellars to help store…

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When Do Bulbs Bloom in Minnesota?

May 30, 2022 |

Many gardeners want a long season of bulb blooming. The best way to get that is to plant the so-called minor bulbs, in addition to tulips and daffodils. This is the order in which they would bloom in a “typical” Minnesota spring. (We know, there is no such thing.) Snow crocus Eranthus Galanthus species iris…

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How to Build a Compost Pile

May 26, 2022 |

For a successful compost pile that will heat up and decompose materials within a few months, make sure it is at least 3-feet by 3-feet by 3-feet in size. Here’s how to build it: 1. Start the pile with a base of small twigs or chopped brush set on top of the soil. This will…

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Using ‘Micro-Exclosures’ to Deter Deer

May 25, 2022 |

Deer can be an occasional irritation or a constant threat to the garden, and the Internet is full of remedies. But much of this flood of advice is so questionable that it borders on folklore. Commercial repellents work, but they can be costly over time. How can you deter deer? Recently, I’ve experimented with what…

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Book Review: The Urban Garden

May 25, 2022 |

City gardens can be challenging: they are generally small, often on public display, with less than ideal soil and difficult watering. But as anyone who has toured some of the wonderful urban gardens in Minneapolis or St. Paul knows, these gardens can be tiny jewels. In The Urban Garden: 101 Ways to Grow Food and…

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