Resource Hub Home Plants Growing Food Garden Solutions Seasonal Guide Community Resources Blogs, Books, Podcasts... Growing Food Vegetables 6 Tips for New Vegetable Gardeners Just starting out? We can help. Handling, Harvesting and Storing Veggies Find the most effective ways to enjoy homegrown asparagus, beans, cabbage and other crops. Why Grow Tomatoes in Containers Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider growing tomatoes in a container. Tips for Growing Garlic A guide to growing garlic, plus tips on harvesting, storage, and more. Grow Lettuce Longer: Tips for Extending the Season Lettuce is a fast and steady crop to grow and harvest throughout the season. Shade Tolerant Vegetables Got shade? Don't let that stop you from growing your own vegetables. Winter Sowing Vegetable Seeds See how you can use inexpensive mini greenhouses to start vegetables from seed. Organic Edibles for Small Spaces Join the growing trend—try growing fruits and vegetables on patios and decks, in containers and small plots. Vegetables to Plant for a Fall Harvest Hoping to continue your garden's bounty? Learn about what to vegetables to plant towards the end of the summer for a fall harvest. Fruits Grow a Rainbow of Tomatoes Our Community Programs Director, Courtney Tchida, has grown hundreds of varieties in cold-climates. Learn her favorite kinds and growing tips for best flavor. Growing Day Neutral Strawberries Strawberry plants that produce fruit all summer long? They exist and you can grow them in the Upper Midwest! Learn how. Organic Edibles for Small Spaces Join the growing trend—grow fruits and vegetables on patios and decks, in containers and small plots. Apple Tree Pruning Made Easy Learn how to prune your tree, look for disease and dead limbs and get as many apples as possible. Growing Fruits in Minnesota Fruits are perennials, so they require a bit more commitment than vegetables. That said, they can still be well worth the effort. Caring for Espalier Fruit Trees Learn how espalier creates functional, edible art on your landscape. How to Grow Pears Hardy pear trees grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 and 4—and they can be even easier to manage than their relative, the apple! Herbs Preserving Herbs: Ideas and Infusions From pestos to herb vinegars, here are 4 ways to preserve herbs this winter. Disease Resistant Basils Basil Downy Mildew disease and a desire for something different have led gardeners to search for disease resistant varieties of basil. Growing Patchouli One of the more unusual herbs shown at the Minnesota State Fair is patchouli, a tender perennial that is often used in perfumes and is grown for its fragrant leaves. Plant Profile: Lovely Lemon Balm Learn about this aromatic, easy-to-grow herb and its many uses both in and outside the kitchen. Plant Profile: Dill Dill is a wonderful addition to your herb garden; it's easy to grow, beautiful, and a cooking staple. Plant Herbs for Pollinators Herbs are great plants for butterfly larvae, and they're a favorite of bees and other pollinators as well. Plant Profile: Dill Dill is a delight to grow because it blesses you in two ways: with its exquisite beauty and its extensive culinary uses. Plant Profile: Lavender With its deep purple flowers and scented foliage, lavender is a dream plant for many northern gardeners. Plant Profile: Anise Hyssop This biennial herb is a popular choice among pollinators, birds, and northern gardeners. Recipes APPLE Apple Chutney ASPARAGUS Spring Asparagus Salad BASIL Pineapple Basil Margarita Fresh Basil Pesto Watermelon Basil Ice Cream BORAGE Cucumber Borage Lemonade CARROT Carrot ginger dressing CHIVES Tuscan Potato Salad CUCUMBER Cucumber Borage Lemonade DANDELION Dandelion Jelly EGGPLANT Ratatouille FENNEL Fennel & Red Pepper Salad GINGER Carrot ginger dressing LAVENDER Lavender Bees Knees Cocktail MINT Strawberry Mint Smoothie PARSLEY Parsley Smoothie Tuscan Potato Salad PEA SHOOTS Pea Shoot Pesto PEAR Caramel Spice Pear Butter PEPPER Fennel & Red Pepper Salad Ratatouille POTATO Tuscan Potato Salad PUMPKIN Crusted Pumpkin Wedges Pumpkin Bread RADISH Radish Butter—coming soon! RHUBARB Rhubarb Compote Rhubarb Salsa—coming soon! SAGE Sage Honey Syrup—coming soon! STRAWBERRY Strawberry Mint Smoothie Strawberry Ice Cream Basic Sweet Cream TOMATO Fried Green Tomatoes Cherry Tomato Vanilla Bean Jam Ratatouille WATERMELON Sweet & Spicy Watermelon Salad Watermelon Basil Ice Cream Have a favorite recipe that uses ingredients from your garden? Email us and we'll share it here!