Category Archives: Northfield

‘Praying Hands’ Hosta and the Minnesotan Who Discovered It

On Saturday, I was fortunate to be invited to Knecht’s Nurseries and Landscaping in Northfield for a special visit of the Rochester-based Shades of Green Hosta Society. These dedicated hosta enthusiasts were on a bus tour that included a visit … Continue reading

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Composting on a Grand Scale

See the pile of compost in the image at left? That pile represents all of the food waste from St. Olaf College from a year. Amazing. I was one of a dozen or so University of Minnesota-Extension Master Gardeners from … Continue reading

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Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Today is Arbor Day, the 139-year-old celebration of tree planting in America. All around the state, groups will be giving away trees. I’ll be at Just Food Co-op this afternoon (3:30-6 p.m., or whenever we run out of trees) with … Continue reading

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Tough Choice for Northfield Gardeners

Where to go? Where to go? I’m probably not the only Northfield gardener wondering where to go on Thursday night this week when two excellent garden programs are running opposite each other on opposite ends of downtown. The choices: The … Continue reading

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The Bright Side of the Blizzard

According to weather guru Paul Douglas, the blizzard that paralyzed the southern half of Minnesota and Wisconsin yesterday dumped 11.5 inches of snow on Northfield by 5 p.m. Saturday. My hunch (and my sore back!) suggest it might have been … Continue reading

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Northfield Garden Tour Ideas

Despite heat and humidity Saturday and intermittent storms Sunday, attendance at the Northfield Garden Tour was high this past weekend. I managed to visit four of the six gardens on the tour and came away with several ideas for my … Continue reading

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Seed Sales Support Library

Many gardeners are making their seed selections now and dreaming of this year’s garden — which I know is out there somewhere buried under 3 feet of snow. If you are planning to order seeds, consider ordering them from Botanical … Continue reading

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Garden Inspiration

This week I’ve had the opportunity to visit three stunning private gardens in the Twin Cities. Each of these gardens is on a city lot (although large ones) and is primarily tended by the homeowners. While each is glorious, the … Continue reading

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Public Gardening

This afternoon about a dozen Friends of the Northfield Public Library spent a few hours weeding the flower beds, planting, trimming shrubs, raking, and just plain sprucing up the area outside of the library. This comes on top of a … Continue reading

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Careful Tree Placement and Other Green Ideas

In honor of Earth Day, the Northfield News ran several articles on its Green Living page by members of the city Environmental Quality Commission. I’m not on the commission but am a member of a group advising the EQC on … Continue reading

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