Tips for Hardy Gardeners

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

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The less you know about apple maggots the happier you'll be.

Suffice it to say there ARE ways to get rid of them, and even if you're left with bumpy apples, you can still make fabulous stuff with them.

The apples, not the apple maggots.

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Now is a great time to divide and replant perennials.

Warm soil temps and cool air temps mean they tend to their business of setting roots, and as Tom Kasper reports, they're not as fragile as they seem.

© 2017 MN Historical Society Press / Mary Lahr Schier

MN Reads has a conversation with Mary Lahr Schier, the author of The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias: 150 Years of Garden Wisdom, published in 2017 by MN Historical Society Press.  She is the editor of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's Northern Gardener Magazine, and she has created this guide distilled from the century-and-a-half of that publication, providing useful wisdom for

This month marks 21 years of Tips for Hardy Gardeners on the air at KUMD!  But more than a long-lived radio feature, it's the dedication of a volunteer that's made it happen all this time.  Thank you, Tom Kasper!

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Cool air temps, warm soil temps: it's the best time to plant/relocate/divide/share perennials ... but Tom Kasper reveals a deteriorating relationship with his garden as the season moves on.

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Master gardener Tom Kasper reminds us spring's not the only time to plant, and if your annuals are beginning to get tired, dead-headin' may solve the problem.

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Tom Kasper reminds us of the basics, water your plants.  At this stage of summer, as plants grow bigger, they need consistent watering.

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First: Water (Check! Plenty of rain lately). Second: Light (Yes, we've also had some good sun).

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