Category Archives: northern 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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When to Start Planting in the North Country

As I look out my (home) office window I see the grass greening up, yet the ground is still a little cool to plant any warm season vegetables, like tomatoes, peppers and corn. However, if your garden has dried out … Continue reading

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No-fail seed starting method

After a few years of trial and error, I’ve come up with what I’d like to think of as the no-fail seed starting method. I know, a promise not to fail at a gardening endeavor is kind of risky.  But … Continue reading

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Birds, bugs, and wildflowers (connecting the dots)

  I’ve found a reason to become enthused about wildflowers (again). I’ve always enjoyed them and I even have a couple of areas on my property where I planted wildflowers. Heck, I even wrote a book about them. It didn’t … 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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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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Promising New Varieties for 2015

The  only thing better than actually getting my hands dirty in the garden is ordering seeds and plants. Like you, I’ve got my old stand bys I’ll always order, like my Celebrity tomatoes that do so well in the north. … Continue reading

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The Problem with Hoop Houses

The large hoop houses have become popular with northern gardeners with their promise of extending the season. I’ve talked with growers who have picked ripe tomatoes in June from their grow houses, which is unheard of in these parts. I’ve … Continue reading

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