Ring in the new year and new decade with a new issue of Northern Gardener filled with inspiration, ideas and information to help you grow a productive, healthy and pretty garden in 2020.

The cover image of a snowdrop (Galanthus) emerging from the earth in early spring by photographer and blogger Jennifer McGuinness is just the kind of inspiration northern gardeners need in the depths of winter. An article by Kathy Purdy of ColdClimateGardening.com tells readers which plants to pick and how to place them in order to get the earliest blooms in the neighborhood.

For extra inspiration, check out Diane McGann’s feature on Lisa Moran’s Woodbury garden. While surrounded by suburban development, Lisa’s 1920s house and garden feel secluded. Lisa built this serene oasis on her own and its amazing the number and quality of gardens she maintains.

Meg Cowden’s article on how to start vegetables early in the season and get a longer and bigger harvest is equally inspiring. I’ll admit I’ve never been one to go for early seed starting, but Meg’s article has me reconsidering. Avoiding pest pressure in her vegetable garden is one reason she starts sowing seeds early and uses row covers and other techniques to keep them going. By getting vegetables out early, she beats the bugs that can wreck havoc in the vegetable gardening. A great idea!

Elsewhere in the issue, Gail Brown Hudson outlines five steps gardeners can take to be more sustainable and Michelle Mero Riedel recommends more than a dozen plants to giving your garden sparkle with foliage. Of course, our usual columnists have lots of information and ideas, including an article on jumping worms (a new threat to gardens), ornamental onions to plant, how to grow a pizza garden and information about the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. With this issue, we welcome two new columnists: Diane McGann, a master gardener in Washington County and award-winning garden writer, will be writing the By Design column, and Elizabeth Stetenfeld, a garden writer, master naturalist and native plant gardener in Wisconsin, will take over the Northern Natives column. Welcome to you both!

We hope you enjoy the issue, which is available at many garden centers (if your local nursery doesn’t carry it, ask them to!), Barnes and Noble and some Lund’s and Byerly’s stores in the Twin Cities. Or, you can subscribe and have it delivered to your door every two months.

 

 

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