If you are not a member or subscriber, please check your local newsstand for the latest issue of Northern Gardener. The March/April 2022 issue not only includes our usual variety of features and columns, it is stuffed with Dig In, the annual MSHS publication geared for beginning gardeners.
This year, Dig In focuses on how to garden greener whether you are growing vegetables, fruits, perennials or trees and shrubs. It’s packed with ideas, plant lists and even a few planting plans.
Of course, the rest of the magazine is filled with ideas and information for your spring garden. Diane McGann, our By Design columnist, has a feature on the Minnesota wildflowers you can see in the spring. Did you know that many of these plants work well in a home garden, too? The article is illustrated with images from Kelly Povo, who is co-author of Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers: A Guide for Beginners, Botanists and Everyone In-between. That’s her shot of a Virginia bluebell on the cover.
Michelle Mero Riedel shares her love of pansies and violas, which we think of as spring flowers. But, Michelle says, they also can be a star of the fall garden. In her article, she talks about her favorite care tips and varieties.
Elsewhere in the issue, Susannah Shmurak introduces readers to a group of neighbors in Northfield, MN, who have embraced front-yard vegetable gardening. The gardens have produced a bounty of food and friendship. Jennifer Rensenbrink put the advice from Jessica Walliser’s book Plant Partners to the test and discovered that, yes, companion planting does work, sometimes in unexpected ways. We also have stories on getting sap and syrup from trees other than maples and veteran cold-climate gardener Kathy Purdy’s tips for dealing with frost and freeze warnings. (That’s something we’ll all need over the next month or two!)
We’ve expanded the places that you can get Northern Gardener. If it’s not at your local grocery store or bookshop, ask them to carry it!
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