Is it melon time yet? Depending on which melons you grew and when you planted them, you may already have had your first taste of a delicious homegrown cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon. Or, you may be looking at the wild vines in your vegetable garden and wondering if your melon is ripe yet. Here’s how…

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Nothing can take over the garden, the yard, the world faster than a happy winter squash plant, which leads some gardeners to ask “Can you prune squash vines?” Individual squash vines can grow 10 to 12 feet long and a squash plant may have several branches on it, spreading and sprawling over whatever space they…

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As the first part of the vegetable garden season winds down, harvest holes may start appearing in your garden. These are the spots where you pulled a beautiful head of lettuce or where the peas have finished up and there’s a space open. How do you fill those holes? Which vegetables can you plant now?…

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With so many folks planting a food garden this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to go back into the archives of MSHS and see what kind of advice the hort society had for those tending a victory garden during World War II. Victory Gardens were encouraged all across the United States during…

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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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Are you starting seeds this year, maybe for your first-ever vegetable garden? You might want to check out our free Ready, Set, Grow webinar series on vegetable gardening. Or, consider these five tips for first-time seed starters. 1. Use seed-starting mix. To start seeds indoors, it’s best to use a sterile seed-starting mix. It might…

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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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Each year, plant breeders introduce dozens (maybe hundreds) of varieties of new plants. Some plants end up being garden all-stars — others not so much. Some plants are put through their paces through plant trials run by All-America Selections (AAS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to testing new plants and telling consumers about which ones did…

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With Halloween just around the corner, you may be wondering about the link between the pumpkins scaring the neighborhood kids and the ones in the can you’ll be using to make pumpkin pie in less than a month. Can you use the Jack-o-Lantern to make the pie? Short answer: Yes, but you might not want…

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As this long and snowy winter finally eases its grip, many gardeners are wondering how much they should adjust their vegetable planting schedule. By some reports, we are a good three weeks behind the usual weather and planting for Minnesota. Of course, many gardeners have already started seeds under lights in hopes of getting them…

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