New Tips for Growing Tomatoes

This past weekend, I had a chance to attend the Gardening Expo in Madison, Wis. This is a hugely popular event with gardeners in our neighboring state. One of the standing-room-only crowds was for a presentation on growing tomatoes given by Joey and Holly Baird of the Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener website. The Bairds grow more…

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Book Review: Homegrown Pantry

Who among us has not accidentally planted six zucchini plants—only to be buried in summer squash come August? Or, harvested a huge number of potatoes and later found them soft, growing something strange from their beady little eyes? In her new book, Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties and Planting the…

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New Vegetable Varieties for 2017 Shrinking

Judging by the new vegetable varieties being offered this year, gardens are shrinking. More varieties are being marketed for patios, pots and raised beds. Everything from tiny eggplant to mini-squash and patio peas are in the catalogs for vegetable gardeners to consider this year. Here are new varieties (or at least newish) that look especially…

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When Can I Plant Tomatoes?

One of the most common questions we hear from northern gardeners in the spring is: When can I plant tomatoes? Our advice is: Don’t rush it. The University of Minnesota Extension Service recommends waiting until “after all danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed.” The last-frost date in Minnesota is generally between May…

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What's New in Vegetables for 2016

A pea is a pea is a pea, and lettuce would taste as crunchy by any other name. Apologies to both Gertrude Stein and William Shakespeare, but in the gardening world new names for peas, lettuce, (roses, of course) and many more generate excitement. New vegetables for 2016 include lots of yellow peppers and Brussels…

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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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What Is Wrong with My Tomatoes?

Like a lot of northern gardeners, my tomatoes were looking fantastic up until about a week ago. The plants were large, flowers and fruit plentiful and everything looking green and gorgeous. Then, we had a heavy down pour and another, and after the rain came heat and humidity. And, now, I’m wondering what is wrong…

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Join Us for the MSHS Open House Saturday!

The weather forecasts call for a beautiful day on Saturday, June 13, perfect for spending the morning at our MSHS Open House at 2705 Lincoln Drive in Roseville. Then, stay for lunch with the Asian Invasion food truck, which will be in the parking lot. The events include a class gardening with kids from 10:30…

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Epic Tomatoes: Book Review and Giveaway!

This review originally appeared in the March/April 2015 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. With Epic Tomatoes, How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time (Storey Publishing, 2015), Craig LeHoullier has created a truly comprehensive guide to growing the vegetable that some consider the entry to a lifelong passion for vegetable gardening. LeHoullier…

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