Canada Thistle

This article by Laura Schwarz originally appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Invasive species removal is the most difficult challenge I encounter in my gardening work, and Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) is my biggest adversary. Most northern gardeners are familiar with this prickly aggressor, but I’ll introduce you just in case you’re…

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How to Deal with Creeping Charlie

This article by Laura Schwarz originally appeared in the May/June 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. Most gardeners have strong opinions about creeping Charlie, the weed more formally known as Glechoma hederacea. Some love it, claiming creeping Charlie provides food for bees and a savory, minty smell. Others wage war against this weed as though their lives…

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Have You Tried Weedless Gardening?

One of the most popular talks at last week’s Northern Green Expo was on weedless gardening, given by author, scientist and occasional Northern Gardener contributor, Lee Reich. Lee wrote the book on weedless gardening (literally) and has been an advocate for no-till gardening methods for many years. In 2009, he wrote a primer on weedless…

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