Tips for Hardy Gardeners

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It's true: the warm weather, abundant rains and sunshine have produced bumper crops of just about everything - including black mold and powdery mildew.

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Weeds are smarter than we think they are, says Tom Kasper. They blend in with surrounding vegetation and grow very fast. 

In the warm and often drier month of August, Tom reminds us to keep our gardens watered and weeded. Fruits and vegetables are starting to ripen, so keeping them fed and free of competition will help ensure they finish the summer healthy.  Stay vigilant.

Lisa Johnson

Every year, master gardener Tom Kasper carefully tips the roses at the Rose Garden to protect them through the winter.

But trees aren't rosebushes, and trying to tip storm-uprooted silver maples and spruces back into place is a recipe for disaster.

Also: when it comes time to replant trees, Tom has some ideas for replacements with sturdy root systems.

Tom Kasper is pretty excited about some of the new easy care roses, including the two pictured here: The Winnipeg Parks rose and the Como Park rose.

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You know how, a couple of times a year, school (sometimes the whole city) shuts down and everyone is told to stay home for a snow day?

Tom Kasper, a regular feature host on Northland Morning (called "an epicenter of social change") says he could absolutely get behind the idea of everything shutting down and being told to stay home on a sunny, 75 degree day - to garden.

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Master gardener Tom Kasper says not only is there still time to get your garden in ... tender new plants will be much less stressed and do better going into the ground when it's cool and wet (as opposed to sunny and dry).

The annuals and vegetables are going into the ground - along with the haul from some recent local plant sales - and the game of wits between gardeners and deer and rabbits begins another season ...

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Tom Kasper reminds hardy gardeners about the two big gardening events on the way: the Monarch Butterfly Festival this Saturday (May 21) and the Duluth Garden Flower Society's Annual Plant Sale the following Saturday (May 30.)

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A Save the Monarch Festival is winging its way to the Northland May 21st ... and Tom Kasper is already encouraging gardeners to make preparations (whatever they might be) for the Duluth Garden and Flower Society's Annual Plant Sale, May 28.

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  With the arrival of spring, the ground thaws, the rains and melting snow are soaking into the gardens and lawns throughout the Northland. 

   As the perennials appear, gardeners would be advised to step lightly for the time being so as not to compact the wet soil.

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Winter weather advisories ... snow ... rain ... sleet.

While some people whine about it, Tom Kasper reminds us we only have to think back two years to remember, it could be worse.

It's exciting times for gardeners.

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Nope, it's not spiders.

It's snow mold.

It even comes in two colors: gray and pink.

Tom Kasper with advice on how to protect your trees, shrubs and other plantings from bands of hungry thugs.  This gang was photographed trolling the streets of Duluth's Woodland neighborhood.

Nora Bartel

Tom Kasper says if you can keep the other living beings in your house from eating them, houseplants are a great way to bring nature indoors in the winter.

Luckily, misting with water helps eliminate many four-and-six-and eight-legged pests!

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