Tips for Hardy Gardeners

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!

Tom Kasper survived the knock-down, drag-out Duluth Garden and Flower Society plant sale last weekend ... now he has a little time to rest and recuperate before the Master Gardeners of St. Louis County's sale June 13.  And he's even reasonably hopeful that our freeze warnings should be over now and we can start putting things in the ground!

There are three big garden sales coming up in the next few weeks: the Duluth Community Garden Program's Annual Plant Sale,  the Duluth Garden and Flower Society's Annual Plant Sale, and the Carlton County Master Gardener's Plant Sale.   Tom Kasper, himself a master gardener and plant sale veteran, offers behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to insure you get the pla

Saturday was the 10th Annual World Naked Gardening Day, according to the folks who came up with it (and it's a pretty good bet they're not from Minnesota!) and Tom Kasper reveals his ... thoughts on that and our lack of rain!

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Master Gardener Tom Kasper says we can use the rainy/snowy cool days expected for this week to gently remove the remains of last year's perennials from the new emerging shoots.  And he says we can use rotten-egg-smelling sprays and blood or bone meal to repel/terrify deer and squirrels from ever returning to our yards!

There are a lot of plant, tree and shrub sales coming up in the next month or so and master gardener Tom Kasper tells us how to get ready for all our new acquisitions.

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"To bee ... or not to bee.  That is the question ..."

Tom Kasper talks about dandelions - a weed in your yard but food for bees.

Master gardener Tom Kasper salutes the potato as the vegetable of the year, and gives a rundown of some important calendar events for 2015.

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