Growing Vegetables in Containers at the Fair

This year, we’re growing vegetables in containers for our educational display at the Minnesota State Fair. Even though the containers have been at the fair more than a week now, they still look good. This year’s display helps fairgoers see how easy it is to grow vegetables in containers and how productive those containers can…

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What Does It Take to Grow BIG Vegetables?

If you have visited MSHS at the Minnesota State Fair, you’ve been in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building, home to craft beer, University of Minnesota apples, floral displays galore and the room where the BIG vegetables are on display. I have to stop there every year to check out the massive pumpkins (this year’s big winner is…

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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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Plant Show Winners from Minnesota State Fair

Each year, MSHS hosts the MSHS Potted Plant Show at the Minnesota State Fair. This event runs during the first two days of the fair and is a real treat for folks who grow patio and indoor plants. A long standing tradition of MSHS, this show features unique and unusual plant collections along with a…

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MSHS Membership Deals at State Fair

It’s a beautiful day to go to the MInnesota State Fair and, boy, do we have deals for folks wanting to sign up for MSHS membership. In addition to $5 off, our usual bag of goodies and a free aster plant for those signing up for a two-year membership, we have daily drawings planned with…

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Join MSHS and Win a Lawn Mower!

The Minnesota State Fair is a great time to join MSHS and this year, folks who renew their membership or join MSHS at the fair will have several chances to win prizes, including a new Toro lawn mower! Here’s how it’s going to work: As always, those who join at the Northern Gardener level or…

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Join Us at the Minnesota State Fair!

Preparations for the Minnesota State Fair underway at MSHS, which means that we are seeking volunteers to staff our booth in the Agriculture/Horticulture building at the state fair. MSHS exhibits at the state fair so that we can introduce visitors to the benefits of gardening and raise funds for the society. Almost 150 MSHS volunteers…

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Best Books for New Gardeners

On Saturday, I gave a short talk at The Common Table at the Minnesota State Fair on the Best Books for New Gardeners. Common Table is a network of designers and food people who have come together to promote local food. One of their six principles is to nurture the soil and another is to…

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We're Getting Ready for the State Fair!

While the Minnesota State Fair does not officially start until Thursday, today is moving day for MSHS. During the 12 days of the fair, we basically move our operations from Roseville to the fairgrounds, about a mile or so down the road. We’re setting up our display in the Agriculture/Horticulture building, getting our educational display…

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MSHS State Fair Volunteers Have More Fun!

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. “I love volunteering for MSHS all year, but I absolutely love the Minnesota State Fair—combining the two is heaven for me,” says MSHS volunteer Kris Solberg, who leads an international team of writers for Intel Security and “got the gardening bug” from her father…

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