Using ‘Micro-Exclosures’ to Deter Deer

Deer can be an occasional irritation or a constant threat to the garden, and the Internet is full of remedies. But much of this flood of advice is so questionable that it borders on folklore. Commercial repellents work, but they can be costly over time. How can you deter deer? Recently, I’ve experimented with what…

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Book Review: The Urban Garden

City gardens can be challenging: they are generally small, often on public display, with less than ideal soil and difficult watering. But as anyone who has toured some of the wonderful urban gardens in Minneapolis or St. Paul knows, these gardens can be tiny jewels. In The Urban Garden: 101 Ways to Grow Food and…

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Growing Community in Bemidji

At just 16, Bridget Westrum founded Growing Our Future, a gardening organization that serves young people in her hometown of Bemidji. During the COVID-19 lockdown, she recognized that community members felt disconnected. She wanted a safe and beneficial way to bring people together again. From her driveway, she started Growing Our Future to share plants…

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Book Review: Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden

Jessica Walliser, author of the excellent Plant Partners: Science-based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden (Storey Publishing, 2020) and several other books on gardens and bugs, recently published a second edition of her book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control (Cool Springs Press, 2022). Walliser is one of…

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Member Spotlight: Back to Her Roots

“New York’s a concrete jungle so I bought fresh flowers every week and started flower arranging,” says new MSHS member Amber Senn. No matter where she has lived, she’s found a way to express her passion for gardening. Amber grew up in Minnesota, gardening alongside her mother. “I complained about the work most of my…

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Youth Lessons and Activities for Gardening

Lessons and activities are a fun way to engage students with a school garden. We’ve included some resources to check out for ideas below.  Youth Grow Garden Lesson Manual: A good comprehensive guide for K-5. The manual includes classroom management, food safety, evaluations, plant parts, seeds, pollinators, and more. Both lesson plans and activities are…

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Gardening Curriculum Resources for School Gardens

Starting a school garden may feel a bit overwhelming. Where do you start? The resources below are helpful for answering general gardening questions.  Planting the Vegetable Garden: Helpful guide for soil preparation and testing. Good information on cool and warm season crops, when to plant outside, starting seeds inside, and transplanting. A Garden-in-a-Box Participant recommends…

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MSHS Impact Report Highlights 2021 Growth

One year into our ambitious 5-year Strategic Plan, it’s time to see if we’re on course. It turns out we’re not—we’re much further up the road than we intended to be right now. Not a bad problem! The four pillars below reflect our top priorities as we grow and pivot to address key concerns and…

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Food to Grow Garden Feeds Its Neighbors

The Medtronic Foundation Community Garden at Augsburg University in Minneapolis was founded in 2007 and is often called the Food-to-Grow Garden. It’s located on the corner of 20th Avenue and Seventh Street near the Augsburg campus. Gardeners at the Augsburg Community Garden have individual plots but also grow food together. Through a partnership between Augsburg…

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Best Garden Tips from 2021 Northern Gardener

Each issue of Northern Gardener is packed with tips for those of us who grow food and flowers in the North. It’s hard to pick our favorite tips of each year, but here are 18 that we really like. Growing Food 1. Writer Meg Cowden recommends espalier for growing apples and other tree fruits in…

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