Tips for Hardy Gardeners

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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.  

It's the Annual Secret Garden Tour this weekend and the Duluth Garden Flower Society has been holding them for 20 years.  But our man on the inside, DGFS president Tom Kasper, knows the secret of the Secret Garden Tours.

This spring's warm temperatures and occasional rains have made for perfect growing conditions ... but if you want to take a break from your own garden, there are a couple of garden tours you might be interested in.  There's more information about the Duluth Garden Flower Society's Secret Garden Tour here and the Duluth Community Garden Program's Tasteful Garden Tour here.

Master gardener Tom Kasper talks about how to figure out what's going on when you notice something is amiss with a plant or tree or shrub in your garden ... and how to get help fixing it.  Plus the Duluth Garden Flower Society's 20th Annual Secret Garden Tour is next month!

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