As we dig out from yet another (please, please, please make it the last) spring snowstorm, gardeners can’t help but wonder: Is it safe to be planting pansies yet? Judging by the long-term forecast for the Twin Cities, it looks like this weekend may be a good time to plant pansies in your containers for…

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The March/April 2018 issue of Northern Gardener should be on newsstands today, and it’s a terrific issue to jump start your spring gardening. On the cover is a photo from the garden of Michelle Mero Riedel, a Master Gardener, regular contributor to the magazine and a wonderful photographer. Michelle’s garden is, as the story says,…

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With the sun higher in the sky and the days a bit longer, I’ve noticed my houseplants are starting to put on some new growth. It seems they are waking up from their winter slumber. Now is the time for some houseplant care before the outdoor garden starts calling. Here are a few tips from…

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Spring cannot be too far off, because the Minnesota Home and Patio Show begins Thursday evening. MSHS is once again hosting the Northern Gardener stage where you can hear a variety of speakers on everything from urban chickens to mushroom cultivation. The show is held at the St. Paul River Centre and runs through Sunday…

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This past weekend, I had a chance to attend the Gardening Expo in Madison, Wis. This is a hugely popular event with gardeners in our neighboring state. One of the standing-room-only crowds was for a presentation on growing tomatoes given by Joey and Holly Baird of the Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener website. The Bairds grow more…

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Minnesota gardeners are a fortunate lot. In addition to our own Northern Gardener magazine, which offers zone-specific gardening information, we also have a couple of TV shows that provide garden information and insight just for the North. Many of us are familiar with Grow with KARE, featuring Bobby Jensen and Belinda Jensen, which runs each…

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Last week, we sponsored a giveaway of the new book, The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias, on our Facebook fan page. To be entered in the drawing, we asked our fans to tell us the best garden advice they had received from their favorite garden mentor, whether a grandparent, parent, friend or neighbor. Nearly…

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If you don’t subscribe to Northern Gardener, be sure to check your local book store, garden center or Lund’s & Byerly’s store to pick up a copy of our November/December 2017 issue. This issue is filled with great garden information for the holiday season and beyond. That beautiful cover image is from photographer Tracy Walsh,…

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Fall can be stunning in the northern garden, with ornamental grasses, sedum and asters taking center stage and complimenting the changing foliage of trees and shrubs. As delightful as they are, it’s the unexpected fall beauties that I’ve been noticing recently. Here are four perennials to consider adding to your garden for fall interest: Amsonia…

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While most gardeners like to plant in spring or fall, you can find lots of deals on perennials, shrubs and even trees during the time from mid-June to September. But planting in summer works, too. As long as you are careful to water, most plants will do just fine if planted in mid-summer. But here’s…

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