Spotlight on Kohlrabi

This article by Samantha Johnson originally appeared in the September/October 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Why don’t more people grow kohlrabi? I mean, what’s not to like? It’s easy to grow, it’s tasty in a multitude of recipes, it comes in beautiful colors, and it’s one of the most unusual-looking vegetables you’ll ever find. And…

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Pepper Passion at the Minnesota State Fair

Let’s start with a few facts about peppers: The second bite of a hot pepper is typically hotter than the first. Most of the heat in hot peppers is in the seeds and the flesh near them. Once that hits your tongue, wow! The heat is on. Chile peppers have more Vitamin C than oranges…

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Tomato Recipe Round Up

With tomatoes ripening on the vine everyday, it is the perfect time of year to experiment with fresh tomato recipes. Whether you feel like making a delicious salsa, appetizer, salad or dessert, there are simple tomato recipes that you can use to create your favorite snacks. The recipes below are some of my favorites! They…

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Book Review and Giveaway: Groundbreaking Food Gardens

Groundbreaking Food Gardens (Storey 2014) by Canada-based blogger and garden writer Niki Jabbour is one of the best books for beginning (and experienced) food gardeners that I have seen in a long while. Subtitled 73 Plans that Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden, Jabbour’s book plumbs the ideas of dozens of garden designers,…

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How to Grow Green Beans

One of the easiest and most rewarding vegetable crops for northern gardeners are green beans. Whether you call them snap, string, shell or dried, green beans grow relatively quickly, require only a bit of care and produce bountiful crops for fresh eating or preserving. Pole vs. Bush Beans Green beans come in two basic growing…

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6 Tips for New Vegetable Gardeners

Is this the year you plan to start a vegetable garden? We hope so, because there are few outdoor activities that produce so much food, fun and satisfaction, and ask so little in terms of money, time and effort. Here are 6 tips for new vegetable gardeners to consider. Don’t go overboard! It’s tempting to…

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It’s a Good Day to Start Tomatoes

Yes, the thermometer out my window reads 10 degrees F and those winds from our sort-of blizzard of earlier this week are still dying down, but today is a good day to start tomatoes from seed. Indoors, of course. Why start your tomato seeds in late March? Tomatoes are not from around here. Native to…

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