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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Used Gardening Books? Give the Gift of Knowledge

Each year, Minnesota landscaping professionals, including many horticulture students, attend the Northern Green Expo, put on by our friends at the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. This year, the hort society is planning to sell used gardening books at the expo. Sold at very reasonable prices, the books will help students and professionals build their…

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Gifts for Gardeners of All Types

With all the gardening books, tools and plants to buy, it’s usually not hard to find gifts for gardeners in your life. But deciding what’s best for each gardener’s skill level and interests can be tricky. Here are our recommendations for the best gifts for gardeners of all types. For Everyone Information and inspiration help…

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New Northern Gardener on Newsstands Soon

The November/December 2021 issue of Northern Gardener has been delivered to most subscribers and will be on newsstands soon. This issue is filled with practical information and inspiration for gardeners from absolute beginners to veterans. I’ll admit it: This may be my favorite issue of the year. Let’s start with the cover. The beautiful photo…

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How to Store Squash for Winter

It looks like fall is finally coming in, and that means it will soon be time to store squash for winter. Depending on the variety, winter squash can keep for weeks or months, allowing you to eat from your garden well into winter. Harvest Tips For the best storage, harvest squash when they are fully…

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Ornamental Onion Cultivars

 The genus Allium (commonly known as onion) consists of several species that many northern gardeners know well, most commonly chives which have been used for eons in cooking. But, in recent years, there has been an explosion of ornamental onion cultivars. If you are looking for perennials that truly are easy to grow, this plant…

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Tips for Growing Garlic (and a Recipe)

This article first appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener.  Plant garlic this fall and thank yourself later as you enjoy fresh pesto, quiches and other garlic-filled dishes next summer.  Growing garlic is easy and fun. Plant the garlic cloves outside in October so roots can develop before the ground freezes, and then…

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Marking One Year with MSHS

By Rick Juliusson, executive director It’s been exactly one year since I started at MSHS as the new executive director. Starting a new job at the height of the pandemic was interesting—instead of meeting the team with homemade cupcakes at the office, I was treated on Day One to a 2-hour online meeting with the…

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Garden Gathering Returns

After a year break due to the pandemic, MSHS donors and supporters visited the garden of Steve and Pauline Danielson for the annual Garden Gathering. The Danielson’s Maplewood garden is featured in the July/August 2021 issue of Northern Gardener. The Danielsons started the garden on a completely empty lot nearly 25 years ago. Talking to…

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Hardscaping and Garden Tours After Quarantine

By Hannah Dove Koi Fish, Little Villages, and An Art Deco Sewer Pipe As the earth transitions from virtual garden tours back to physical ones, a lush planet comes out of quarantine. With the St. Anthony Park Garden Tour, 10 houses were spotlighted for their floriculture. However, what truly caught my eye on the garden…

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