As we are all hunkering down during the current COVID-19 outbreak, I started thinking about what gardeners did during past crisis. Of course, they planted more gardens. A few years ago, while researching my book The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias, I came across a wonderful pamphlet from the University of Minnesota called Let’s…

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This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb (Ten Speed Press  2015) is an up-to-date revision of her 1975 debut of postage stamp gardening. The author pulls together virtually everything one needs to know to begin growing organic vegetables in tiny to not-so-small gardens.…

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As days get longer, it’s natural for gardeners to start thinking about seeds and possibly starting seeds indoors. In Minnesota, many warm-season vegetables need to be started indoors and planted in the garden as transplants in order to flower and fruit in our relatively short growing season. But when is a good time to start…

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Is it too early to start thinking about your 2015 vegetable garden? Not at all!! Many gardeners like to buy seed in the depths of winter — to keep their hopes up — and now is a great time to think about where you will be putting any new garden beds. For the next several…

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