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Book Review: Vertical Vegetables

By Mary Lahr Schier | March 13, 2019

Vertical Vegetables: Simple Projects that Deliver More Yield in Less Space (Cool Springs Press, 2018) by Twin Cities-based garden blogger Amy Andrychowicz describes a variety of easy projects for gardeners who have limited space but want to grow lots of vegetables and flowers. Andrychowicz is the proprietor of, a very successful website for beginning…

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Diagnose Plant Problems with Anoka County Master Gardeners

By Mary Lahr Schier | March 8, 2019

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Master gardeners in Anoka County offer plant and insect diagnostic clinics at the Bunker Hills Activities Center in Andover. On Wednesday evenings, June through August, they answer common horticulture questions and assess samples for community members, who need help identifying…

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Get Excited for Spring with Northern Gardener

By Mary Lahr Schier | March 1, 2019

Our March/April 2019 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands today, and there is a lot in it to get gardeners excited for spring. First, this is a really pretty issue of the magazine, from Susy Morris’s cover photo of tulips in a container to Tracy Walsh’s photos of a young flower farmer and her…

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More Garden Talks to Inspire You

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 27, 2019

We’ll be back at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show again this weekend. We hope you’ll visit our booth on the show floor of the Minneapolis Convention Center and stop by to hear some of the great speakers on the garden stage. These garden talks are informative and given by real experts in their areas.…

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Spotlight: Garden in a Box in Chisago County

By Mary Lahr Schier | February 26, 2019

This article by Brenda Harvieux originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. After interviewing Sue Humble, the Chisago County Master Gardener program coordinator, in 2017 about their community garden in North Branch, I learned that they do garden programming for children, too, and suggested they check out MSHS’ Garden-in-a-Box program. They joined…

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Summer Container Care

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Your containers may look lovely in early summer, but what happens when the weather gets hot and the summer gets long? Sometimes the containers get bedraggled. On a garden tour not long ago, we asked the homeowner how she kept her containers fantastic all summer long. She gave three pieces of simple advice. First, she…

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Who Needs a Haircut?

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

By midsummer, the plants – like some of the kids – are looking scruffy. It’s time for haircuts! Many perennials and annuals benefit from trimming back or selective pruning in midsummer. Reasons for doing the pruning vary as does the severity of the haircut. Whenever you prune, make sure your scissors, hand shearers or bypass…

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Welcome to Our Blog!

By Mary Lahr Schier | June 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Internet gives us so many ways to communicate with gardeners in the North. You can check out our website, our Facebook fan page, our Twitter feed and now this new blog. Here we will be sharing tips about gardening in cold-climates learned from our members, readers of Northern Gardener and, of course, the great…

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