Category Archives: gardening in the north

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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Looking for an endless tomato harvest?

There are so many tomato varieties to choose from in the catalogs it is tempting to try them all. One variety I’ll be sure to include with my order when it goes out next week is Jasper cherry tomato. If … Continue reading

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Butternut Squash for Northern Gardens

I was pleasantly surprised, no make that ecstatic with the Canesi Hybrid Butternut Squash I planted last year. I ordered it from Jung’s kind of on a whim, since I had given up on growing butternuts in my northern zone … Continue reading

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Amazing new vegetable varieties for 2016

Next to actually gardening, I enjoy going over the spring seed catalogs as they arrive. It certainly helps beat the winter blues and it’s never too early to start planning for next year’s garden. Here are a few things I’d … Continue reading

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Thank you, from the North Country Gardener!

I’ve reached a milestone today. No, I’m not a decade older. I’ve registered over 20,000 page views on my blog! Thanks to everyone who has stopped by for tips on growing a garden in the north country. I hope I’ve … Continue reading

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Gardening tips for late July

The sweltering heat of late makes it a little difficult to get in the garden and weed and do other garden chores. If we can get in the garden in the cool of the evening or early morning and weed … Continue reading

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Seed Starting Tips

“The work of a garden bears visible fruits—in a world where most of our labours seem suspiciously meaningless,” Pam Brown p. 1928.                 While the wind howls outside I’m quietly working in my … 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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Greenhouse (miniature) Garden

I’ve been busy this past weekend building a garden box in my greenhouse. The box is 8’ X 3’ and 10 inches deep, and is positioned in the southeast corner of my greenhouse. I filled it with a 50-50 mix … Continue reading

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Good Picks for the North

                 Here in the north country it’s pretty easy to grow certain crops in our gardens; in fact, some actually thrive in our cool, wet climate. Stuff like red beets, rutabaga (think pasty!), broccoli, and even spuds do just fine, … Continue reading

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