Growing Together: Kandiyohi County Master Gardeners

Kandiyohi County University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners want to help gardeners take care of the environment, and their annual Fall Presentation Night addresses some big issues and solutions based on University of Minnesota research. The event, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center…

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March/April Northern Gardener Available

Nothing says spring like the pink blooms on a crabapple tree, and we’re celebrating the early days of spring with our March/April issue of Northern Gardener. That gorgeous cover photo was taken by Tracy Walsh, a Maple Grove-based photographer who followed a garden from winter through fall. It’s amazing how having “good bones” can create…

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Home and Garden Show Ideas Aplenty

The Minneapolis Home and Garden Show will be running two weekends this year (instead of just one), and we are excited to once again have scheduled a host of great garden speakers for you to hear. The talks will be held at the Garden Theater, just outside of the main doors to the show in…

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Plant Herbs for Pollinators

Once while poking around my vegetable garden, I noticed the parsley was looking sparse. I hadn’t harvested that much, had I? Closer examination showed it wasn’t me, but a very hungry caterpillar who had been chomping on the parsley. Since then, I’ve always planted extra parsley—for the caterpillars and also for other critters who hang…

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Garden Trends for 2016

It’s fun to see all the garden trends that marketers and other soothsayers are predicting. Another way to find out about what’s new in gardening is to see the kinds of presentations that are being made at garden shows and hort days around the state. You can get a sneak peak at many of the…

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U of Minnesota Bee Squad

This article originally appeared in the January/February issue of Northern Gardener. At the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, pollinator bees are studied to better understand their role in the environment and to promote their health. The Bee Lab’s community outreach program is the Bee Squad, which helps beekeepers and the community foster healthy bee populations…

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Book Review: Pollinator Friendly Gardening

In her new book, Pollinator Friendly Gardening, author and Northern Gardener columnist Rhonda Fleming Hayes reinforces a benefit of gardening with pollinators in mind that is sometimes glossed over in other books and articles about the pollinator crisis: Having birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects in your yard and garden is good for the…

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Best Books for Bird Gardeners

Are you a “bird gardener?” Many gardeners love the natural world and also enjoy it by hiking, biking, fishing or watching birds. As a home gardener, you are in a great position to nurture birds in your area. While setting up a bird feeder helps, the plant choices and design decisions you make can also…

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Plant Profile: Bee Balm

We’ve written about bee balm (Monarda) on this blog before because, frankly, it’s such a star in the summer garden. It seems that every year during garden tour season, I spot stands of bee balm that just stop me in my tracks. This year has been no different. Check out this beautiful stand of bee…

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Best Plants for Butterflies

Purple coneflower — a classic plant for butterflies for sunny, loamy sites. Friday’s post on the best plants for bees and other pollinators has been very popular, so we wanted to follow up with this post on Heather Holm’s suggestions for the best plants for butterflies. Heather is a Minnesota gardener and expert on pollinators.…

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