Seasonal Guide

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January

Even in the dead of winter in the Upper Midwest, here are some garden-related chores you can tackle ...

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March

The ground is finally starting to thaw ...

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May

The garden's finally heating up ...

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July

Kick back and reap what you've sown ...

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September

That summer heat is fading into fall ...

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November

Brace yourselves—another winter's coming ...

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Fall into Winter

Compiled by the Ramsey County Master Gardeners, these resources provide extensive information on everything garden-related during September-February. 

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February

Show your garden some love during the Valentine's season ...

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April

Early spring to-dos ...

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June

Summer's setting in ...

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August

Weed, water and harvest ...

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October

Leaves, pumpkins and winding down ...

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December

And just like that, it's winter again ...

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Spring into Summer Webinar

Join Ramsey County Master Gardeners and learn how to wake up your garden!

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Dig in!

New to northern gardening? High five! Let us help you find your zone, prep your soil and get started ...

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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. 

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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. 

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Lyme Disease Awareness and Prevention

Helpful tips for Minnesotans on managing tick bites and preventing Lyme disease.  

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Garden Planning Handout

Everything you need to know when you're getting started with garden planning for the season.

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Basic Garden Terms Explained

A helpful, easy-to-read guide to garden terminology 101.

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Find Your Hardiness Zone

Determining the hardiness zone of where you're gardening is key. Read here to find out!

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Zone 4 Planting Guide

Check out this handy Northern Gardener Guide to planting in Zone 4 created by MSHS. 

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What Every Minnesotan Should Know About Tick-Borne Diseases Webinar

In this MSHS webinar, Dr. Maloney provides information about Lyme and other tick borne diseases, as well as strategies to prevent tick bites.

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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.

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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?

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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...

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How to Store Squash for Winter

When stored properly, winter squash can keep for weeks or months. Read for handy harvest and storage tips! 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Plants for a Cutting Garden

Author Susie Morris offers her plant recommendations for a stunning cut flower garden.

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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.

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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?

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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. 

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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.

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Winter and Spring Sowing

How to get started and hints to keep growing.

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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.

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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.

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Using Soil Temperature to Decide When to Plant

Consider using soil temperature as a tool to help decide when to plant in your garden. 

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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. 

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Vegetables and Perennials for Winter Sowing

Created by Michelle Mero Riedel, this list is a great resource to reference when choosing vegetables and perennials for winter and spring sowing. 

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Seminario Web de Inicio de Semillas

Courtney Tchida, Director de programas comunitarios. Traducido y presentado en Español por: Milena Nunez Garcia, U of MN Extension SNAP-Ed Educator. 

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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!

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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!

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Seeds vs. Starter Plants

How do you figure out which seeds to start indoors and which starter plants to buy from the garden center?

 

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Winter Sowing Step-by-Step Instructions

A straight-forward and easy-to-follow guide to sowing seeds outdoors during the winter. 

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Seed Saving Tools

A comprehensive list of tools, guides, and resources on seed saving. 

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Guide to Seed Collecting

Check out these quick and simple steps to learning about seed collecting. 

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Soil Germination Conditions

This resource provides a table of the soil temperature ranges that are optimal for germination of different plants.

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Winter Sowing: How to Transplant Video

In this short video, learn how to transplant seedlings from your winter sowing containers.