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 Build a Low Tunnel

With our erratic spring weather, one of the best investments a vegetable gardener in Minnesota can make is in a low tunnel. And, these season extenders are not hard to build or very expensive. Why Low Tunnels? Low tunnels are temporary structures, typically made of wire or PVC pipes with a plastic sheet or a…

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Garden Solution: Spider Mites

Populations of spider mites go up and down from year to year. In 2018, for example, an abnormally dry summer led to large numbers of the pests. In both my home garden and in the many gardens I tended professionally, I saw countless infestations, mostly on plants that I didn’t even know the mites could…

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Garden Chores for April 2021

Bulbs are blooming early this year! There’s a comprehensive list of garden chores for April that MSHS published a year ago, recommending things like: starting seeds indoors applying pre-emergent herbicide to the lawn, if desired dividing perennials and putting out a pansy bowl for front-yard color. In this post, I want to focus on three…

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20 Best Garden Tips from 2020, part 2

This is a continuation of the earlier post on what we’ve learned in 2020. Here are 10 more garden tips from our top 20 garden tips from 2020. Read more great information, inspiration and garden techniques in every issue of Northern Gardener. Garden design rules. By Design columnist Diane McGann reviewed several rules for garden…

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Best 20 Garden Tips from 2020, part 1

The end of the year is a great time for reflection about what’s ahead and what we learned during the season. In 2020, despite all its challenges and upheaval, each of the six issues of Northern Gardener contained advice, inspiration and information that cold-climate gardeners could put to use immediately. In this post and the…

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December Garden To-Do List, 2021

Plant an amaryllis bulb now for blooms in January. It’s hard to believe we have already hit December, especially given how little snow and cold those of us in the southern half of Minnesota have seen. As I write this, the high today is predicted to hit 50 degrees. December is one of the quietest…

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How to Clean Your Garden Tools

One of the last garden tasks to do in fall (and often one that is put off!) is to clean your garden tools and store them for winter. It’s really not that hard, especially if you rinse or wipe off your tools from time to time during the season. To clean garden tools that are…

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Tips for Growing Garlic

This article originally appeared in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. Fall is the best time for garlic planting, though you will not reap the benefits of your efforts until next summer, when you are enjoying fresh pesto, quiches and other garlic-filled dishes. Growing garlic is easy and fun. Plant the garlic cloves outside in…

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