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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Best Books for Building Soil

During the Minnesota State Fair, I gave a talk on the best books for new gardeners.  For me, it’s hard to recommend just a few books, so I’ll be posting over the next couple of weeks about other categories of gardening books and my favorites among them. Today — let’s talk soil, which is the…

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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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Have You Tried Weedless Gardening?

One of the most popular talks at last week’s Northern Green Expo was on weedless gardening, given by author, scientist and occasional Northern Gardener contributor, Lee Reich. Lee wrote the book on weedless gardening (literally) and has been an advocate for no-till gardening methods for many years. In 2009, he wrote a primer on weedless…

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Day 21: Weeding Your Vegetable Garden

Once your vegetable garden is planted, you’ll have just a few ongoing chores: watering, picking and weeding. None of these need be onerous (and, of course, picking vegetables is just a joy!) but weeding is sometimes viewed as a huge task. It’s not — and there are ways you can reduce your time spent weeding…

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