Plan Your 2018 Garden with Northern Gardener

The January/February issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands now and it’s filled with advice and inspiration for your 2018 garden.

The cover story is a profile of Diane Gustus’s glowing suburban garden, which is filled with colorful perennials, written and photographed by Gail Brown Hudson. One of Diane’s best tips: Don’t crowd perennials. She likes to see a bit of space between her plants because not only is it healthier for the plant but it lets each of them stand out, looking its best.

Photographer and Master Gardener Michelle Mero Riedel introduces us to her favorite plants with silver foliage in this Northern Gardener. Michelle likes the way silver adds contrast to the garden and brightens up shady spaces.

I had the joy of meeting Eagan gardener Barb Webb and writing about her greenhouses, which she and her husband Brad built using a greenhouse kit that they modified so it could withstand our Minnesota winters. Barb starts hundreds of tomatoes, peppers and annuals in the greenhouse each spring, both for her own use and to sell at various plant sales. If you’ve been thinking about building a greenhouse, but are on a budget, be sure to check out how Barb and Brad did built theirs.

Elsewhere in the issue, garden designer Betty Ann Addison describes her technique for removing buckthorn (hint: it involves lots of woodchips!) and Wisconsin writer Beth Probst gives instructions on how to start an asparagus patch. That’s a great spring project.

Of course, our columnists check in with information on things like: what were all those butterflies last fall that looked like monarchs, how to avoid stem-girdling roots and what’s the prettiest golden bleeding heart to plant in your garden.

It’s a great way to get through these cold January days!


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