Strategies for the First Frost and Beyond

It’s overdue by a week or more, but it looks like even southern Minnesota will get its first frost overnight or in the next few days. How should a northern gardener respond? Winter is coming, of course, but there are ways to stretch out the season, whether that means a few more harvests from the…

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Understanding Frosts, Freezes and Hard Freezes

The weather folks were invoking the “F” word the other night — frost, which may hit the Twin Cities Friday night. The rest of the state will have variations on frosts, freezes and hard freezes. For northern gardeners, understanding the differences between these three events and what you should do in order to keep your…

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Will Your Plants Survive This Super-Cold Spell?

School is closed Monday, travel is considered dangerous, and Minnesota gardeners are looking out at their shrubs, trees and perennials and wondering, “Can my plants survive this super-cold spell?” The short answer is: Many will do just fine. Some not-so-much, and which is which depends on several factors. First, are they adapted to the cold?…

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