Go for Gold in Holiday Containers

Yellow twig dogwood and faux berries add a subtle gold to the larger container. Piling gold ornaments on a bed of greenery is an easy, elegant front-door look. Nothing says happy holidays like a big, festive container of piney greens on your front porch. Add some red berries or twigs and you’re good to go.…

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Growing Microgreens Indoors and in Winter

No matter the season, you can have something that you’ve grown on your plate – microgreens! Growing microgreens is easy, quick and satisfying for the off-season gardener. The greens add a nutritious touch of freshness to salads and sandwiches and growing microgreens is a fun project with children. Microgreens usually go from seed to plate…

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Seed Catalogs 101

seed catalogs

The snow squeaks under your boots as you trudge through the drifts to the mailbox. It’s only December, but you’re already growing weary of the winter weather, the frigid temps, and the endlessly gray skies. Spring seems far away. But what’s this? Tucked inside your mailbox, underneath a stack of bills, is a beacon of…

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Gardening Love and Lunacy

asparagus fern indoors

Let’s face it: gardening in a northern zone means November is about as depressing as gardening gets. I mean, I love my plants, and watching the last little flowers on my rose bushes, obedient plants and a few other late-blooming soldiers succumb to the frigid temps actually makes me sad. I know there is nothing…

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Herbal Happy Hour

grapefruit and thyme bourbon smash

Few things brighten up a winter kitchen like a cheerful container of herbs on the windowsill, but those savory stems take on glamorous appeal when used to class up some classic cocktails. More than just looking pretty, however, these everyday herbs add interesting dimensions when infused into otherwise ordinary tipples. This winter, wow your guests…

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Saving and Storing Dahlia Tubers

saving and storing dahlias

  Since dahlias are native to Mexico, it’s not surprising that they can’t survive our winters here. What makes them so popular with northern gardeners, however, is the fact that they grow from tubers, which we can dig up and store inside during the winter. This makes them “perennial” in some respects, because we can…

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Take Your Tropical Vacation at Como Conservatory

We’re heading back into the deep freeze here in Minnesota, which is the best time I know of to visit the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul. The Como conservatory is a popular destination for northerners seeking a break from the cold, dry air that we experience this time of year. The…

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Como Conservatory Winter Flower Show

Are you looking for a perfect escape from the cold, harsh Minnesota winter? Then the Como Park Conservatory Winter Flower Show is the place for you! The show runs through March 12 at the conservatory at 1225 Estabrook Drive in St. Paul. I visited recently on one of the colder days we’ve had in awhile.…

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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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