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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May Garden Chores

Updated for 2022. Are we there yet? After our long, cold April, it looks like weather in Minnesota is finally warming up. Many folks in northern Minnesota still have snow or ice, but the warm temps in the next few days should make short work of that. What to do in the garden in May?…

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April Garden Chores: A Careful Dance

April garden chores are updated for 2022 “Oh, the lovely fickleness of an April day,” wrote the naturalist William H. Gibson a long time ago. And, April certainly is fickle. In past years, we’ve been warm on April Fool’s Day, but this past week has seen rain, sleet, freezing rain, snow and anything in between…

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December Garden Chores

With folks cleaning up from a blizzard in Duluth and a two-day snowstorm in parts of the rest of the state, it’s hard to imagine there are a lot of December garden chores for northern gardeners. And, while this is one of the two most relaxing months for gardeners, there are still a few things…

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Caring for Bulbs After Bloom

A few late tulips and daffodils are still blooming, but many spring-blooming bulbs are past their prime now. So how do you care for bulbs after bloom? Here are some tips: Deadhead. Unless you are planning to harvest seed or you want the bulbs to naturalize and spread in an area, start by removing the…

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Fall Northern Gardener Available

You can’t miss the September/October 2017 issue of Northern Gardener, which is on newsstands now with big, beautiful, orange dahlias on the cover. The photo, from regular contributor Tracy Walsh, is of ‘Big Orange’ dahlias from Two Pony Gardens, a garden specializing in heirloom tomatoes and dahlias. Tracy profiles the gardens and their owner, Lisa…

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Garden Experiments

MSHS has been celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year, and the big anniversary party was held last Saturday at Tangletown Gardens Farm in Plato, MN. As part of the event, Dean Englemann gave a walking tour around the garden, talking about some of the processes that he and business partner Scott Endres are using on…

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Should You Still Deadhead?

As we get passed the middle of August (arghh!!), it’s time to consider whether to deadhead or not. Deadheading is the practice of removing the spent flowers on plants – usually by snapping off a fading flower with your fingers or snipping off a stem with a bypass pruner. Deadheading has two main purposes. First,…

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How to Dig and Divide Dahlia Tubers

Dahlias are native to Mexico, but these stunning tropical plants shine in the northern garden, too. A member of the aster family, dahlias look a bit like zinnias, chrysanthemums and other aster-like plants. They come in a wide range of forms, from small, single blooms to enormous, so-called dinner-plate dahlias, many of which are more…

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Should You Cut Back Perennials in Fall?

To cut back perennials or not to cut back perennials, that is the question many gardeners ask themselves in fall. We have been fortunate this autumn that the weather has been unusually warm in Minnesota, which is giving many plants a last shot at blooming. (Many of my daylilies re-bloomed in September and October and…

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