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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Vegetables to Plant for a Fall Harvest

While northern gardeners typically think of March, April and May as the time for planting, July and August are also a great times to plant vegetables for a fall harvest. Many vegetables grow quickly enough that you can replant them for a succession planting or replace them with some quick growing plants. What can you…

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Grow Lettuce Longer: Tips for Extending the Season

This article was written by Susy Morris and appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of the Northern Gardener. Salads are a favorite meal in our home, which made growing lettuce a priority when space was carved out for a vegetable garden. It quickly became a favorite vegetable to grow, too. Homegrown lettuce, harvested and eaten…

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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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How to Grow Horseradish

This article and photos is by Jennifer Rensenbrink and appeared in the May/Jun 2020 issue of the Northern Gardener I love to eat prepared horseradish—I’ve put scoops of it on everything from roast beef to bratwurst, and it gives a nice oomph to my deviled eggs. After reading that the plant also repels potato bugs,…

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Squash Vine Borers: What to Know

For vegetable gardeners, the first sign of an infestation of squash vine borers may be that their plants seem to be wilting. They may find holes in the plants, filled with a squishy orange substance. They may even find the distinctive white caterpillar that is causing all the damage. Squash vine borers are the larvae…

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Spotlight on Kohlrabi

This article by Samantha Johnson originally appeared in the September/October 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Why don’t more people grow kohlrabi? I mean, what’s not to like? It’s easy to grow, it’s tasty in a multitude of recipes, it comes in beautiful colors, and it’s one of the most unusual-looking vegetables you’ll ever find. And…

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Savoring Summer Squash

This article by Samantha Johnson originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. It’s a splendid summer day. The sky is a brilliant blue and the sun shines with warmth in its golden glow. A few wispy clouds blow by, pushed by a gentle breeze. You’re out in the garden, surrounded by the…

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Plant Profile: Sweet Potato

This article by Samantha Johnson originally appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. It’s hard to imagine a Thanksgiving meal without sweet potatoes. In my mind, they’re more important than the turkey. Let’s take a closer look at this versatile and vitamin-packed vegetable. Maybe you’re thinking what I used to think: Sweet potatoes? I…

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Building Raised Bed Gardens: 2 Basic Options

Raised bed gardening is a great way to grow food or flowers, whether you live on a large lot or have only a balcony or deck for gardening. We’ve gotten many questions about how to build raised bed gardens. The good news is, it’s really easy (trust me, I’m not mechanical and I’ve built a…

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