150 Tips: Evergreens in the Landscape

After the last Ice Age, Minnesota was a land with vast expanses of pine tree forests, so it’s no surprise that homeowners and gardeners have always valued evergreens in the landscape. From its earliest days, MSHS has encouraged gardeners to plant evergreens. Evergreens come in a variety of sizes, needle colors and shapes. Plant evergreens…

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150 Tips: Prepping for Winter

As we get toward the end of November, it’s time to button up the garden and the gardener for winter. Cut back plants in fall (or better yet, DON’T). Advice on the wisdom of cutting back spent foliage and dried stems has varied enormously over the years. In the past, some gardens were so clean,…

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150 Tips: Root Cellars and Other Food Storage Ideas

“I believe more fruit and vegetables are lost every year through improper storage than through any other cause,” wrote F.B.McLeran of Wrenshall in 1907. To last a long time, vegetables need uniform temperature (about 40 degrees), darkness and proper humidity. For McLeran, root cellars were the answer. At the time, most storage areas were underground…

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150 Tips: More Bulb Planting Tips

Early October is one of the best times to plant bulbs in the North. These tiny, dried bulbs will bloom from early April until June, if you plant a succession of bulbs. Over the years, the hort society has offered a number of tried-and-true bulb planting tips. Here are some of our favorites. Get beyond…

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150 Tips: Fall Gardening Advice

By late September, many northern gardeners are enjoying the fruits of their labors and maybe feeling a little sad that the gardening season will not last much longer. But why not make the most of it and set yourself up for next year’s beauty. Here’s some of the fall gardening advice from the MSHS archives.…

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150 Tips: Gardening Organically

“Judging from the many word battles now being waged by the organic vs. chemical gardening advocates, it would seem that the gardening crisis of our generation had reached a point to demand serious attention,” wrote E. M. Hunt in a 1946 article on the “Fertilizer Feud” in Minnesota Horticulturist. Questions about how best to be…

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150 Tips: Dealing with Deer, Rabbits and Other Critters

Deer, rabbits and voles, oh my! Plus gophers and pocket gophers, moles and chipmunks,  woodchucks and raccoons. The list of of four-legged pests that northern gardeners deal with is long, but dealing with deer, rabbits and burrowing crittes has long been a top pest concerns of members of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. Today, gardeners…

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150 Tips: Preserving the Harvest

It’s that time of year when we’re buried in tomatoes, cucumber and green beans — yea! But how can we preserve produce flavor and vitamins for the future. Preserving the harvest was a popular topic in hort society publications over the years. Here are some great tips from the past: Jam is a great way…

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150 Tips: Strategies for Pest Control Without Chemicals

Katharine D. Widin was the plant health columnist for Minnesota Horticulturist and Northern Gardener for 32 years, covering every bug and disease known to haunt gardeners. And, while she knew which chemicals would eliminate various pests, she always suggested embracing less damaging strategies for pest control first. In one of The Good Gardener books the hort…

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150 Tips: 3 Common Garden Pests

For the sake of the planet, we will not be sharing some of the tips and techniques recommended by MSHS in the distant past for dealing with common garden pests. Arsenic, formaldehyde, powdered strychnine, DDT and many other chemicals were on the menu for gardeners in the early to mid-20th century. That said, gardeners also…

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