Will You Delay Seed Starting This Year?

A blog reader recently asked if seed starters should delay their seed starting this year because of the long, cold winter. In Minnesota, we’ve had the worst winter in terms of the “misery index” since 1978-79, and I know many parts of the East Coast and northern tier states have suffered just as much. Does…

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Tropical Vacation at Como Conservatory

Frankly, I’d rather be in Florida right now — and I’m sure many Minnesotans feel the same way. 2014 is likely to go into the record books as one of the top 10 cold winters in the state, and the cold combined with snow, ground blizzards and icy roads has made this winter tough, tough,…

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Will Your Plants Survive This Super-Cold Spell?

School is closed Monday, travel is considered dangerous, and Minnesota gardeners are looking out at their shrubs, trees and perennials and wondering, “Can my plants survive this super-cold spell?” The short answer is: Many will do just fine. Some not-so-much, and which is which depends on several factors. First, are they adapted to the cold?…

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Frosty Morning in Minnesota

Many Minnesota gardeners woke up this morning to a blanket of white on their yards and gardens — and it wasn’t snow. It was a frosty morning in Minnesota, and many parts of the state had what is called a hard freeze, when temperatures go below 28 degrees Fahrenheit for more than four hours. A…

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Extreme Gardening: Duluth's Story

Editor’s note: The May/June issue of Northern Gardener, which is available on news stands starting this week, includes an article called “Extreme Gardening.” It offers suggestions for gardening in extreme weather, such as heat, humidity, cold, drought and flood — and, of course, snow, which we have dealt with so much this spring. That article…

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Peas, Phenology and the Northern Gardener

Technically speaking, we are in a blizzard here in Minnesota as I write this. (There’s not that much snow, but the winds are wicked fierce, which is why I plan to stay off the roads the rest of the day.) But despite the snow (and snow and more snow) this March, gardeners cannot help but…

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