Garden Solution: Spider Mites

This article by Laura Schwarz first appeared in the January/February 2019 edition of the Northern Gardener  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…

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Garden Chores for April 2021

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 garden chores for April to pay…

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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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Garden Chores for December

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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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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September Garden Chore List

Updated for 2021 We’ve had a tough summer, with heat, drought, fires, bad air and then a ton of rain during the Minnesota State Fair. (Oh, yes, and a continuing pandemic.) Still, it is September and for many northern gardener, it is one of the best months in the garden. The frenetic activity of early…

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July Garden Chores

Updated for July 2021 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…

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June Garden Chores

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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