Planting for Pollinators

Planting for pollinators… the concept was just a blip on the radar a few years ago. Now it’s a nationwide trend, only growing in popularity. When we think about pollinator conservation, we often look at restoring large swaths of habitat by adding native prairie plants—the vibrant collections of flowers and native grasses insects rely on…

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Celebrating National Pollinator Week

celebrating pollinator week

Planting for pollinator habitat as our climate changes is so important—we have the opportunity to adapt our cultivated environments to make room for more native pollinators. Researchers are learning more every day about how these essential creatures survive and thrive. During this National Pollinator Week, we’re shining a bright spotlight on this important work and…

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7 Plants to Attract Bumble Bees to the Garden

bumblebee on coneflower

Honey bees get a lot of attention and credit as hardworking pollinators, and we all understand the benefits of keeping a hive or two of honey bees near the garden. But amidst all the buzz about honey bees, we sometimes overlook the contributions of the humble bumble bee to the success of our gardens. There’s…

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A Seasonal Schedule for Northern Gardener Magazine

“Northern Gardener is here!”  My wife and I, together with our 17,000+ readers, eagerly await each bold splash of color, expertise and inspiration in our mailboxes.  In 2023, Northern Gardener will shift to four print publications plus one shorter online supplement. This is based on feedback from member surveys, researching other publications and extensive analysis.…

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What to Do in the Garden Now

Time to get those warm-season crops in the ground! Transplant tomatoes, peppers and eggplant seedlings and starts. Direct seed beans, okra, melons, squash and cucumbers. Plant more quick succession plants like lettuces, arugula, beets, carrots, radishes, cilantro and dill. (Wondering what to grow in your first vegetable garden? We have tips.) Resilient tomato plants push new…

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How to Avoid Road Salt Damage in Your Garden

Road salt and other de-icers are a fact of life in Minnesota winters, keeping ice from forming on roads and sidewalks. And, just as many pet owners take precautions to protect their animals’ feet, gardeners should give thought to plants that may be affected by road salt. How Does Road Salt Affect Plants? Road salts…

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Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden

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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Tips from Garden Tours 2021

It’s been great fun to be on garden tours again in 2021 after a year off during the pandemic. As always, I’m learning a lot from the wonderful gardeners who open their yards to visitors. Here are three tips from garden tours this year: Chartreuse is a Power Color My sister and I took the…

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6 Tips for Great Garden Photos

Will you be entering the Great Gardening Contest 2021? MSHS started this garden photography contest in 2020 when the pandemic forced cancellation of the Minnesota State Fair and our annual potted plant show. The in-person plant show is back, but we loved seeing your garden photos and are continuing the Great Gardening Contest this year!…

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Effective Watering Strategies for Northern Gardeners

Whether it’s hot like it is now or you just want to conserve a precious resource, understanding effective watering strategies is important for northern gardeners. Here are a few basic questions to consider when deciding when, how much and how to water. How Much Water Do My Plants Need? This depends a lot on the…

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