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Seeding Basics

Starting your garden from seeds is one of those activities in which everyone wins. You’ll save money while you work on growing food (and flowers) from scratch, it’s good for your health, and we like [...]

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Watering Tips

Watering Plants While Away A week's vacation at the beach might be a welcome break for you, but the absence of a doting gardener can wreak havoc on your indoor and outdoor plants. Here are [...]

Powdery Mildew

We try to pick and nurture plants to be comfortable in our area, but can never totally take into account what the weather has in store for us every summer. Many garden problems are [...]


“If it could only be like this always - always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe…” - Evelyn Waugh One of the fruits that has captured the attention of kitchens and gardens everywhere [...]

Edible Gardening with Kids

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” - Audrey Hepburn Most of our kids seem to be drawn to the dirt like it is a magnet. We can’t keep them out of it, [...]

Mosquito Proofing Your Yard

Most of us have our share of complaints about the insects and pests that come with the summer season, but few are so universally hated as the mosquito. Our favorite summer activities often involve [...]

Aphids 101

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” - Sun Tzu (The Art of War) Aphids rank right up there with mosquitoes as the [...]

Perennial Blooming Calendar

“Time will pass and seasons will come and go.” - Roy Bean Throughout the gardening season, we want our yards to be full of perfect perennials from start to finish. The warmer [...]

Breaking Down Zones

“Knowledge is power.” - Sir Francis Bacon Surviving a Minnesota winter isn’t easy, and we often spend most of it bundled up indoors. We shield ourselves with warm fires and central heating, encased in [...]

Your Minnesota Pruning Calendar

“The purpose of pruning is to improve the quality of the roses, not to hurt the bush.” - Florence Littauer Pruning is an important step in our garden care routine to keep our plants [...]

Bauer’s Container Garden University: Compatibility

“Working together is success.” - Henry Ford Your container is it’s own enclosed world. All the plants living in it have to share space and resources with each other, and it is impossible to [...]