Plant Profile: The Humble Radish

This article by Samantha Johnson first appeared in the May/June 2020 edition of the Northern Gardener It’s springtime and that means it’s time to talk about one of the best (and sometimes overlooked) vegetables: the radish. As gardeners, we praise the merits of peas and pole beans and carrots and lettuce yet fail to truly…

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What to Grow in Your First Vegetable Garden

Time at home and concern about the global pandemic have prompted a lot of folks to consider planting a vegetable garden this year, maybe for the first time. We love that! And, you can check out our resource hub for information or register for one of our free webinars on vegetable gardening. But what to…

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Growing a Garden with Children

With nearly all children doing online learning these days, parents (and teachers!) may be looking for ways to keep kids busy and learning without a computer in front of them. How about a children’s garden? I read about these while researching my recent post on “rug gardens,” those small, intensely planted gardens that could feed…

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Planting a ‘Rug Garden’ for Big Harvests in Small Spaces

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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Hot Off the Press: Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

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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Vegetable Garden Basics: When to Start Seed Indoors

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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Vegetable Garden Basics: Sun and Soil

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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