Lasagna gardening is a no-till method of creating a garden bed over an area of grass or weeds. While many people start lasagna gardens in the fall so the garden can cook over the winter, these gardens can be created anytime the soil is bare. The basic idea of a lasagna garden is that you…

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Having visited many magazine-worthy gardens and been on more garden tours than I can count, I’ve noticed that a lot of really good gardeners use leaf mold. Leaf mold is one of three somewhat overlapping garden amendments that can be made with dried leaves. Here are the differences: Leaf mulch is shredded leaves that are…

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It’s been almost 45 years since the first Earth Day, which will be marked tomorrow with celebrations, conferences and lots of educational events. One of the best ways to help the Earth all year is to keep a garden. Gardens reduce waste, food miles, provide habitat for insects, birds and other creatures and they also…

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Recently, I had a chance to hear University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Shari Mayer from Dakota County talk about growing and using herbs. Shari has been a big part of the herb gardens at UMore Park for many years and does a lot of experimenting with herbs at her home. Her talk was filled…

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