Tips for Hardy Gardeners

Gardening tips for Duluth's Northern climate, hosted by Master Gardener Tom Kasper.

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Tom Kasper isn't a doctor, and he doesn't even play one on the radio.

But he is a master gardener.  And as we begin Mental Health Week on KUMD,  it turns out he knows a thing or two about how gardening can be good for what ails you.

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Emily Ford isn't the kind of gardener to sit around twiddling her thumbs when winter drags on.

The harsh winter took her bees, but she's already planning to restock the hives. And while she was waiting for spring to arrive, she tapped some friends to borrow gear and then tapped some maple trees.

Suffice it to say that this year, Glensheen will be abuzz with bees, in bloom with roses, and dripping with maple syrup.

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If you're already bored gently raking up the soggy leaves and snow mold from your yard, Tom Kasper says it's the perfect time to divide things like rhubarb or hostas - and you certainly don't need a delicate touch.

KUMD members love their KUMD tshirts and sweatshirts as thank-you gifts during membership drives, but as usual, we strike pay dirt when we give away Tom Kasper.

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The snow is on the crocuses and dandelions.

The single-digit overnight lows tonight could crisp some early leaves.

But leave it to 20-year KUMD veteran host Tom Kasper to find some things for gardeners to look forward to.

World Naked Gardening Day

Master gardener Tom Kasper celebrates the first day of spring with some pruning tasks for outdoors, some seed-starting tasks for indoors, and social media's fascination with World Naked Gardening Day.

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Having Olympians in the studio this morning got us thinking: what's the deal with competitive gardening?

Master Gardener Tom Kasper explains.

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While your garden is slumbering (yet surviving) under the cold snow and ice, now is the time to contemplate the coming season.  Tom Kasper reminds us that while gardening activities are dormant out-of-doors, there are still preparations to be made indoors and in our imaginations.  Seed catalogs are beginning to circulate, providing many options to consider.

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