150 Tips: Jump Starting the Vegetable Season

Indoor seed sowing, greenhouses, cold frames, hot beds—you name it, northern gardeners have tried it to extend the season for vegetables and other plants. Today, gardeners typically use LED or flourescent lights to start seeds indoors, then move them to cold frames outdoors or low tunnels, temporary frames covered in plastic to create a cozy…

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150 Tips: Seed Starting

There are plenty of tips from the past on seed starting that we cannot recommend anymore. Please do not heat garden soil in the oven to sterilize it! But the keys to success in seed starting haven’t changed that much over the past 150 years. Here are eight to consider. Buy quality seeds. As Mrs.…

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March Garden Chores for Northern Gardeners

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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February Garden Chores: A Short and Fun List

Updated for 2022. 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…

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5 Tips for First-Time Seed Starters

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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Vegetable Garden Basics: When to Start Seed Indoors

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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