Plant Profile: The Humble Radish

This article by Samantha Johnson first appeared in the May/June 2020n edition of the Northern Gardener It’s springtime and that means it’s time to talk about one of the best (and sometimes overlooked) vegetables: the radish. As gardeners, we praise the merits of peas and pole beans and carrots and lettuce yet fail to truly…

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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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Plant Profile: Monarda Punctata

This article by Beth Stetenfield first appeared in the May/June 2020 edition of the Northern Gardener. Spotted beebalm is a guaranteed pollinator magnet. Add it to your garden or property and you will see pollinators—butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees, hummingbird moths, hummingbirds and others. While it’s a biennial or short-lived perennial, it readily self-seeds and naturalizes when…

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New Northern Gardener + Dig In

The May/June Northern Gardener is full information and inspiration for gardeners in USDA Zones 3 and 4, but it also has a something special— Dig In, a zine just for beginning gardeners. In Dig In, we answer the questions new gardeners are itching to ask about how to prep and plan your garden for 2021,…

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Spring Northern Gardener Available Now

Early spring is the perfect time to get excited about what you’ll be growing during the upcoming season and planning where to plant things. The March/April issue of Northern Gardener, which is on newsstands now, is filled with plant suggestions and new techniques to try. Our cover image is from Michelle Mero Riedel’s article on…

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New Northern Gardener Available

The January/February issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now, and filled with advice, inspiration and gardening information to keep you cozy all winter—and looking forward to spring. The cover photo is from Gail Brown Hudson’s profile of Marcus Phelps-Muns0n’s St. Paul garden. While his outside garden is gorgeous, the story focuses on Marcus’ love…

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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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November/December Northern Gardener on Newsstands Now

The latest issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now, and it’s filled with ideas and information to keep you inspired all winter long. Our cover image by Tracy Walsh is from Marge Hols’ story on the new University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences Conservatory. The conservatory was set to open to the public…

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Fall Northern Gardener is on Newsstands

The September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now, and it’s filled with useful and inspiring information. Our cover image comes from Gail Brown Hudson’s article on why fall is the best time for garden planning and planting. The article is filled with suggestions for how to assess your garden to make next…

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