This year, the Minnesota State Horticulture Society’s educational booth at the Minnesota State Fair is all about vegetable gardening. With the theme, “Grow Your Own! Enjoy Gardening All Year Round,” the educational area will feature information on canning and dehydrating, indoor seed starting, square foot gardening, and water conservation. (With gardens bursting with produce, now is the ideal time to think about canning and dehydrating.) You cannot miss the booth in the Agriculture/Horticulture building — just look for Big Boy, the Tomato Guy, the new MSHS mascot. Big Boy will be available to pose for photos.
In addition to the educational area, the hort society has a booth with merchandise including a large selection of books, garden gloves, garden art and many fun, garden-themed T-shirts. You can also sign up for a membership or a subscription to Northern Gardener. Stop by, and talk with any of the helpful, knowledgeable volunteers. The fair opens Thursday, Aug. 27, and runs through Labor Day.