Category Archives: cold climate gardening

Finally! Tall, hardy ornamental grasses for northern gardens

  Tall, hardy ornamental grasses are a little hard to come by in the zone 4 region. Some do well for a few seasons, but eventually succumb to the elements. I’m assuming they were zone 5 grasses. Recently I discovered … Continue reading

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Grapes for Michigan and other northern climates

(this article originally appeared in Michigan Country Lines There’s never been a better time to grow grapes here in Michigan, even up here in the chilly U.P. Thanks to breeders in this country and Europe there are many options for growing … Continue reading

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Quick tips on ordering seeds

It’s time! To order garden seeds, that is. If you’re ordering from the spring garden catalogs it is best to get those orders in soon to ensure availability. By ordering now, you may also be able to get in on … Continue reading

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New Flower and Vegetable Varieties for a New Year

                I like to ring in the New Year browsing through the garden catalogs that I’ve got piled up on the corner of my desk. I’m always amazed at the new varieties they come up with year after year. For … Continue reading

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North Country Gardener meets the Cold Climate Gardener

A couple three years ago I was asked to post an article on my greenhouse experiences to a popular blog, called Cold Climate Gardening. It seemed I just never got around to doing it and in fact wasn’t quite sure … Continue reading

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Is the “Mighty ‘Mato” Really Mighty?

The other day I got an email promoting a new type of tomato called the “Mighty ‘Mato.” The Mighty ‘Mato is a tomato grafted on some super duper root stock. They didn’t mention what kind of root stock it is, … Continue reading

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Spring Planting Schedule

If you’re confused about when to plant your garden this spring, you’re not alone. It sure hasn’t been a typical spring here in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Still, we must be careful not to jump the gun too soon and … Continue reading

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Corn is king! Everyone loves sweet corn, eh? Here’s an article that will all but guarantee you have success growing luscious sweet corn this summer. Just don’t let this weather fool you, though. A few weeks of warm weather is … Continue reading

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With a March like this it’s no wonder I’m thinking about starting my garden seeds (indoors). Learn everything you need to know about starting things like tomatoes and peppers indoors, plus several tips for short season gardeners: http://www.neilmoran.com/seedstarting.html

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Heirlooms for Northern Gardeners?

               Heirloom vegetables are popular these days with home gardeners. Heirlooms are simply old varieties that have gone out of commercial production. A lot of these were left behind as plant breeders sought to breed new varieties that sacrificed taste … Continue reading

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