Tips for Hardy 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.

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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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This morning's 20 and 30 below zero wind chills did not, as we had theorized, turned Tom Kasper's attention to iceberg lettuce and snow peas.

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Tom tells us how to sustain poinsettias beyond the holiday weeks -- even year round.

It's that time of year again, and Gadget Guru Tom Kasper has his eye on a device that will measure the moisture AND the pH in your soil!

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UNfriendly gardeners stay home, defending their carrots from rabbits.

But FRIENDLY gardeners, who will take new or learning gardeners under their wings and share their knowledge, are abundant.

The Duluth Garden Flower Society has them scattered all over the Northland and you can find them here.

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So, how late do we go with no snow and well-above-freezing temps before we're in uncharted Northland gardening territory?

Tips for November gardening.

Wait -- what????

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How many gardeners does it take to change a bulb?

Master gardener Tom Kasper talks bulbs, squirrels and what he calls "the long view into happiness."

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Tom talks powdery mildew, a multitude of harvest festivals at Duluth Public Schools, and Duluth Community Garden Club's upcoming Garlic Sale - just in time to keep you safe at Halloween!

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Tom Kasper talks about garden tasks other than harvesting and preserving that we can be doing this time of year to prepare for next year's growing season.  He also shared tips for growing sweet corn successfully in our Northern climate.

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If school is about to start, that means harvest festivals can't be far behind.  Tom Kasper, president of the Duluth Garden Flower Society, is especially excited about an undertaking that is near and dear to his heart:  The Tomato Man Project.

Tom Kasper talks about activities many gardeners are anticipating the first frost, dividing their perennials, and preparing for fall harvest. 

Also, Tom reports that the Duluth Community Garden Program's "Tour of Tasteful Gardens" has been postponed until next summer.

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Tom Kasper gives up tips on watering our gardens during the hotter summer days.  

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