Tips for Hardy Gardeners

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

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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"Uvularia grandiflora" (Large-Flowered Bellwort or merrybells), "Uvularia sessilifolia" (Sessile-leafBellwort) and "Trientalis borealis"  (Starflower) are just a few of the Latin names for spring ephemerals*   that Carol Andrews says we can grow at home.  Don't know much about spring ephemerals?  She recommends spending more time lying down in the woods.  Carol Andrews is the president of the Wild Ones Minnesota Arrowhead Chapter.

* from the Greek ephēmeros  "lasting a day."

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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!

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Tips for Hardy Gardeners host Tom Kasper joins us this morning to talk about plants and gardening for apartments and senior living situations, Mother's Day gifts and his own generous offer for members who pledge their support this morning on Northland Morning!

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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