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The newest web article for State-by-State Gardening was written by:

Pam Potter

Pam Potter is a University of Minnesota Extension master gardener, landscaper and writer. Pam admits to and embraces her addiction to perennial gardening, buying new varieties of plants whenever she can find them. She shares her life with a very understanding husband, their four children and gardens full of everything but spirea.

 

 

Starting Seeds Now
by Laura Mathews - posted 03/06/13

By March, we’ve dog-eared our seed catalogs and sense that the germination of the growing season is upon us. We’ve carefully ordered (or bought at the garden center) the seeds we will nurture from seedling into fruit. Decorated packets that rattle and hiss a bit as we jostle and inspect them, have landed at our doorstep ...   >> read article
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Bloomin’ Early
by Michelle Bryne Walsh - posted 03/06/13

March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. And by the end of March, Midwest gardeners have had it with snow and cold. So when temperatures start to warm up and we get that whiff of spring in the air, we cheer for those perennials that first appear in late March and April. These are our harbingers of spring ...   >> read article
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The Importance of Pollination
by Connie Kingman - posted 02/20/13

There are many organisms involved in the process of pollination: wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, ants, bats and other mammals, including humans. If there were no pollinators, there would be no gardens. Here are some fascinating facts about pollination ...   >> read article
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Perennial Vegetables
by Laura Mathews - posted 02/18/13

Now that it is February, we move from seed catalog season to seed starting season. While planning our spring gardens, why not ponder a permanent addition to the garden? Consider adding perennial edibles vegetables that inexpensively produce novel and delectable foods year after year while expanding the harvest season in the garden ...   >> read article
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10 Stunning Plants for Dazzling Effects
by Edward Lyon - posted 02/13/13

Like many ornamental gardeners, it took me a while to warm up to annuals due to their expense and the fact that they have to be purchased every year. Once I got out of the comfort zone of traditional petunias and impatiens and started exploring what I call “temperannuals,” I haven’t looked back! Here are 10 favorites that will truly make your containers and beds sizzle ...   >> read article
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