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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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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It’s hard to believe we have already hit December (is it just me, or does Pandemic Time seem to move faster?). This is one of the quietest months in the garden, but there are still a few things to keep plant people busy. Here are five garden chores for December: Set out some holiday greenery.…

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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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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. This crop is easy to grow at home. Plant the garlic…

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The outdoor thermometer the other morning read 47 degrees at 7 a.m. There’s no denying it: We’re heading toward fall. September is one of my favorite months in the garden. The frenetic activity of early summer to get things started and the heat of July and August are absent. But that doesn’t mean there are…

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With the heat, humidity and occasional rains, many gardens have exploded this month. Fortunately, we gardeners can enjoy them with a streamlined list of chores. Basically, July involves weeding, watering and watching. Here’s what we mean: Weeding I make a point of weeding casually almost every day. By this time of year, you probably know…

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The approach of heat, humidity and regular thunderstorms signals we have hit June, and it’s time to think about June garden chores for gardeners in USDA Zones 3 and 4. Here are a dozen to get you started. 1. Enjoy your garden! You’ve done a lot of work already this season, and it’s been a…

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What to do in the garden in May? The better question is what not to do as May is likely the northern gardener’s busiest month. Cleaning up, feeding the soil, planting, weeding and plant shopping are among the tasks to keep gardeners busy in May. Here’s a short list of garden chores for May: Continue…

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“Oh, the lovely fickleness of an April day,” wrote the naturalist William H. Gibson a long time ago. And, as I write this post, April certainly is fickle. Yesterday, it was windy but pleasant and warm in the 50s. Today, sleety rain and the low will dip into the 20s. The pansy basket has moved…

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