March is a challenge for the northern gardener. The weather teases us with a warm days, followed by a deep freeze. In some years, you’ll see some early blooming bulbs—sometimes, it seems too early. In others, nothing. Given our warm temperatures this week, it’s likely much of the snow will melt, but we know that…

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The list of  February garden chores is not too long—but it sure is fun.  This is the time of year when gardeners have rested up enough from the past season to be excited about what they will grow in 2021. Here are some of the February garden chores to tackle: Plan Your Garden The other…

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Are you starting seeds this year, maybe for your first-ever vegetable garden? You might want to check out our free Ready, Set, Grow webinar series on vegetable gardening. Or, consider these five tips for first-time seed starters. 1. Use seed-starting mix. To start seeds indoors, it’s best to use a sterile seed-starting mix. It might…

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As days get longer, it’s natural for gardeners to start thinking about seeds and possibly starting seeds indoors. In Minnesota, many warm-season vegetables need to be started indoors and planted in the garden as transplants in order to flower and fruit in our relatively short growing season. But when is a good time to start…

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