Author Archives: Karen Valerio

Start Hardening-Off Your Vegetables Now

By Dale Longfellow, Hennepin County Master Gardener Sometimes I dream of living in South Florida.  If I lived on Sanibel Island, I could just start my seeds outdoors in mid-March to early April, and water them once or twice a … Continue reading

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Herbs to Attract and Feed Pollinators

By Larry Cipolla, Hennepin County Master Gardener What herbs will attract (and feed) beneficial insects? These beneficial insects attack and eat the bad critters in your garden. That means fewer chemicals to spray on your vegetables and fewer still to … Continue reading

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Nurturing On A Ledge

By Kathy Frederickson, Hennepin County Master Gardener You want to introduce your child to the joys and process of growing and gardening, but where do you start? Start here and now. There are only about three challenges ahead that you … Continue reading

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Plan Your Garden Now!

By Larry Cipolla, Hennepin County Master Gardener Plan your garden now. You can use this time of year to decide what you want to grow and where and how you want to grow what you want to grow. Preparation can … Continue reading

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Hugelkultur for the Suburban Front Lawn

By Sharon Decker, Hennepin County Master Gardener Can an unruly, self-sustaining hugelkultur garden be tamed to fit into a suburban front lawn and not distress the neighbors?  This was the question I asked myself last spring when I decided to … Continue reading

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Reversing Salt Damage on Your Lawn

By Kathy Frederickson, Hennepin County Master Gardener With spring comes recognition of salt damage on our lawns  This is a quick take on what to look for and what to do about it. Sodium and Calcium Chloride are commonly used … Continue reading

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Beyond Maples: Planting Trees for Diversity

By Theresa Rooney, Hennepin County Master Gardener Did you hear about the scarcity of maple syrup this past year? Pancakes without maple syrup?  I can’t believe this!  What about a fall with no maple trees- screaming out their foliage colors … Continue reading

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Hydroponics for Year-Round Salad Greens

By Larry Cipolla, Hennepin County Master Gardener I love working in my gardens. The smell of well-conditioned soil in the spring is great. I love growing my own food. And, just because, I want to know what’s in my food … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Grafted Tomatoes

By Meleah Maynard, Hennepin County Master Gardener Grafted tomatoes, especially heirlooms, were really hot this year. Why graft heirlooms? Well, the reasoning is that by grafting the heirlooms we love—Brandywines, Green Zebras, Cherokee Purples, Mortgage Lifters—to a rootstock that’s got, … Continue reading

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Preparing Your Garden for Winter

By Karen Valerio, Hennepin County Master Gardener Ah fall.   I’m happy that I can quit mowing the lawn in a few weeks, but sad that the bitter cold is around the corner.  Winter means I can stop worrying about weeding … Continue reading

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