Tips for Hardy Gardeners

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

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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.

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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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.

Alby Headrick

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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