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We’re Back at the Minnesota State Fair!

August 19, 2021 |

The Minnesota State Fair is a go for 2021, and we’ll be back in our booth in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building with a fascinating educational display, deals on membership and lots of fun garden-themed merchandise. Here are the details you need to know: COVID Precautions First, let’s address the elephant in the grandstand. The pandemic continues,…

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Rain Barrel Basics: Why, How to Set One Up, and Winterizing

August 18, 2021 |

As Minnesota gardeners continue to adapt during the drought of 2021, it’s natural to think about ways to conserve and reuse water for our gardens. Rain gardens are a great way to keep water on your property. Another option is to collect rainwater from roofs using a rain barrel. Why Get a Rain Barrel? There…

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Book Review: New Naturalism

August 12, 2021 |

Horticulturist Kelly D. Norris packs a lot of ideas, information and philosophy in New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient and Ecologically Vibrant Home Landscape (Cool Springs Press, 2021). The book argues for a “nature-forward” approach to home garden design—an approach in which gardeners plant with the ecological functions of plants, the natural tendencies of…

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Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden

August 10, 2021 |

There is something magical about seeing a hummingbird darting from flower to flower in your garden. Some mornings, I sit on the back steps with my coffee in hopes of spotting a hummingbird, and in late summer, I am often rewarded with a glimpse of metallic green and red. Attracting hummingbirds to your garden is…

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Master Gardener Spotlight: Monarch Waystation

August 3, 2021 |

This article about the work of Minnesota master gardeners originally appeared in the July/August 2021 issue of Northern Gardener. In September 2020, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners in Crow Wing County spearheaded an effort to create a Monarch Waystation on the Central Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge campus in Brainerd, a facility for people…

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