Peas, Phenology and the Northern Gardener

Technically speaking, we are in a blizzard here in Minnesota as I write this. (There’s not that much snow, but the winds are wicked fierce, which is why I plan to stay off the roads the rest of the day.) But despite the snow (and snow and more snow) this March, gardeners cannot help but…

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When to Plant Your Vegetable Garden

Planting a vegetable garden isn’t just a one-day affair. It’s often done over several weeks, depending on the weather and other factors. There are a variety of ways to determine when to plant what. Cool Season/Warm Season At their simplest, vegetables tend to fall into two categories for planting — cool season and warm season.…

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Frost-Free Dates and the Vegetable Garden

If you grow vegetables from seed, the packet almost always lists how long before or after your average last frost date you should plant. It’s important to know your “frost-free” dates and what those mean for your vegetable garden. Generally, the frost-free dates are those parts of the year when the odds of getting hit…

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