Seed Starting: When to Start What?

About this time of year, the itch to start seed starting hits. Those late winter snowstorms send gardeners into their basements to find their lights and flats and double check their stash of seeds to make sure they have all they want. Some gardeners can’t wait even this long, and for them there is winter…

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Epic Tomatoes: Book Review and Giveaway!

This review originally appeared in the March/April 2015 issue of Northern Gardener magazine. With Epic Tomatoes, How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time (Storey Publishing, 2015), Craig LeHoullier has created a truly comprehensive guide to growing the vegetable that some consider the entry to a lifelong passion for vegetable gardening. LeHoullier…

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Learn Tips for Successful Seed Starting at MSHS

Have you ever wanted to try starting herbs, vegetables or annual flowers from seed but not been sure where to start? Or maybe you tried indoor seed starting but were disappointed with the results. MSHS is offering a class geared for anyone who wants to learn how to start seeds successfully indoors. To be held…

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Will You Delay Seed Starting This Year?

A blog reader recently asked if seed starters should delay their seed starting this year because of the long, cold winter. In Minnesota, we’ve had the worst winter in terms of the “misery index” since 1978-79, and I know many parts of the East Coast and northern tier states have suffered just as much. Does…

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Awards for Northern Gardener

Like most folks who publish magazines or blogs or books, we at Northern Gardener most enjoy hearing comments and compliments from our readers. “That feature really helped me figure out how to design my garden,” or “Finally, I know what that weird thing on my plant is,” or (my favorite) “I was so excited to…

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Preserving the Harvest: Recipes from Our Contributors

Our Northern Gardener writers and photographers are all very good at what they do, and many of them are also really good cooks. If you check out their personal blogs, you’ll often find a few recipes worth trying. In our week of harvest recipes and ideas for preserving the harvest, we just have to share…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 29, Globe Flower

Globe flower (Trollius) is one of my favorite garden perennials because of its adaptability. It grows well in both part shade and sunny borders, and though it prefers relatively moist soil conditions and is often recommended for pond or stream-side sites, or poorly draining clay soils, it also adapts well to sandy, well-draining soil as…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 20 — Balloon Flower

While many plants are regarded as perennials, there are some that are decidedly more “perennial” than others. Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorous) is one that is truly worthy of the designation. Once established, a clump of P. grandiflorous will return year after year, demanding nothing special,  tolerant of many sites and soils, and with no insect…

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