Resource Hub Home Plants Growing Food Garden Solutions Seasonal Guide Community Resources Blogs, Books, Podcasts... Seasonal Guide Month-by-Month Gardening January Even in the dead of winter in the Upper Midwest, here are some garden-related chores you can tackle ... March The ground is finally starting to thaw ... May The garden's finally heating up ... July Kick back and reap what you've sown ... September That summer heat is fading into fall ... November Brace yourselves—another winter's coming ... Fall into Winter Compiled by the Ramsey County Master Gardeners, these resources provide extensive information on everything garden-related during September-February. February Show your garden some love during the Valentine's season ... April Early spring to-dos ... June Summer's setting in ... August Weed, water and harvest ... October Leaves, pumpkins and winding down ... December And just like that, it's winter again ... Getting Started Dig in! New to northern gardening? High five! Let us help you find your zone, prep your soil and get started ... How to Read a Plant Tag A walk-through of how to read and understand all of the information you might find on a plant tag. Let's Grow Stuff: Essential Tools As part of the PBS Wisconsin "Let's Grow Stuff" series, this introductory gardening video focuses on the essential tools for getting started in the garden. Basic Garden Terms Explained A helpful, easy-to-read guide to garden terminology 101. Find Your Hardiness Zone Determining the hardiness zone of where you're gardening is key. Read here to find out! Harvesting and Preserving Is It Ripe Yet? Knowing when to pick vegetables for peak taste and texture is a skill many gardeners develop after years of trial and error. Generally, however, vegetables fall into two categories. Preserving Herbs As we get to the end of the gardening season, herbs become more precious than ever. What’s your favorite way to preserve herbs for the winter? Savoring Summer Squash You’re busily attempting to keep up with the watering and weeding that midsummer necessitates; and all the while, you’re eyeing the ever-growing number of summer squash populating your plants... How to Store Squash for Winter When stored properly, winter squash can keep for weeks or months. Read for handy harvest and storage tips! When To Harvest Vegetables Generally speaking, picking early and often is the best way to harvest vegetables for maximum production. However, there are crop-specific approaches to harvesting. Preserving the Harvest from Your Vegetable Garden You have several options preserving the harvest to enjoy next winter when its home-grown taste will be so appreciated! Is My Melon Ready? You may be looking at the wild vines in your vegetable garden and wondering if your melon is ripe yet. Here’s how to tell. Planting and Care Summer Bulbs: Planting and Care Summer bulbs are the show-offs of the garden. They’re big, they’re bright, they’re colorful, some are even a little bit loud—and that’s what we love about them! Roughing Up Roots for Summer Planting Whatever plant you buy, it has been sitting in its pot a long, long time. Now is a time when a gardener needs to get rough. Plants for a Cutting Garden Author Susie Morris offers her plant recommendations for a stunning cut flower garden. Top 3 Tips for Fall Bulb Planting If you have a new garden, fall bulb planting is a great way to add to the spring beauty of your garden before your shrubs and perennials come into their own. Fall Planting: How Late Can You Go? Fall is a great time for planting, though as we get past mid-October, the question is how late in fall can you plant? Grow a Cut Flower Garden Grow your own flowers for a season of beautiful bouquets! With these helpful tips, you'll be growing your own arrangements in no time. Sowing and Saving Seeds Growing Natives from Seed Webinar In this MSHS Webinar, David Woods, conservation program director for Urban Roots, shares how you can propagate seeds for planting. Winter and Spring Sowing How to get started and hints to keep growing. Our Favorite Seed Sources for Vegetable Gardens If you’ve tried to start your own vegetable seeds, you’ll find a lot of choices —both for varieties as well as places to buy them. Here are some catalogs that we like. How to Make Seed-Starting Mix Gardeners who start a lot of plants from seed or want to control all the elements of their seed starting may want to make their own seed starting mix. Using Soil Temperature to Decide When to Plant Consider using soil temperature as a tool to help decide when to plant in your garden. Collecting Seed Ready to jump into seed collection? Take a look at these tips from our MN SEED project pros on how to responsibly collect seed. Seed Shopping Tips for Budget-Conscious Gardeners The snow looks gray and gross, the sun hasn’t been out in weeks, and April seems a long way off. Time for some seed shopping! When To Start Tomato Seeds? Yes, the thermometer out my window reads 10 degrees F; today is a good day to start tomatoes from seed. Read to find out why! Seeds vs. Starter Plants How do you figure out which seeds to start indoors and which starter plants to buy from the garden center? Winter Sowing Step-by-Step Instructions A straight-forward and easy-to-follow guide to sowing seeds outdoors during the winter. Seed Saving Tools A comprehensive list of tools, guides, and resources on seed saving. Guide to Seed Collecting Check out these quick and simple steps to learning about seed collecting.