150 Tips: Growing Citrus and Tropicals Indoors

In an earlier post, we talked about ways in which northern gardeners grew plants indoors from the earliest days of the hort society’s history. Method have changed over the years, but the desire for a taste of the tropics is strong with winter-weary gardeners. Here are five more tips for growing citrus and other tropical…

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Bird Gardening and More in the Latest Northern Gardener

The November/December 2018 issue of Northern Gardener is on newsstands today, and it’s the magazine with the stunning photo of the black-capped chickadee sitting in an evergreen on the cover. This is a meaty issue, with lots of information to ponder throughout the winter. Our cover story is by gardener, blogger and Master Naturalist Beth…

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New Issue of Northern Gardener

As we creep, slowly, damply, coldly, toward spring, the latest issue of Northern Gardener celebrates early summer — and who isn’t looking forward to that. The lovely ‘Purple Sensation’ lilac on the cover is from Eric Johnson’s story about spring-blooming shrubs. Using a selection of shrubs and small trees, gardeners can create color in their…

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The Rule of Thirds in Garden Design

This past weekend, I was able to hear Northern Gardener columnist Eric Johnson talk about garden design and inexpensive, do-it-yourself projects that bring drama to the garden at a local horticulture day event. Eric’s talk was full of inventive, fun ideas, such as using marbles in a fence to create light and interest in the…

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Preserving the Harvest: Recipes from Our Contributors

Our Northern Gardener writers and photographers are all very good at what they do, and many of them are also really good cooks. If you check out their personal blogs, you’ll often find a few recipes worth trying. In our week of harvest recipes and ideas for preserving the harvest, we just have to share…

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Day 14: Winter Sowing for Your Vegetable Garden

Soil, seeds and a hinged milk jug are all you need to start winter sowing. One of the most popular articles ever written for Northern Gardener was on winter-sowing perennials. Winter sowing involves sowing seeds outdoors in mini-greenhouses, made of milk jugs, deli containers and other sealed plastic containers. The seeds are planted in damp…

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Garden Chores for September

As August ends and fall activities gear up, it’s easy to let the garden go a bit — to weed less, forget to pick those extra large zucchini, even neglect watering. But September is a great month to enjoy the beauty you have created and get ready for next year. Here are some chores to…

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