Planting and growing guides
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Whether you're a seasoned landscaper, just starting to garden or need some help with an established plot, we have guidelines and best practices to help you grow healthy plants in your own yard and garden.
Starting, maintaining and harvesting your garden
The Upper Midwest home gardening calendar shows recommended timing for everything you need to do to grow great flower and vegetable gardens in Minnesota.
Extending the growing season — Practical methods for heating the soil in spring and protecting your garden through the first frost.
Growing healthy vegetables — Planning ahead will help you avoid common diseases and pests that can affect a healthy harvest.
Growing herbs in home gardens — The basics of starting and growing an herb garden.
Planting the vegetable garden — From preparing the soil to picking vegetables.
Planting for fall harvest — When you plant is as important as where and how if you want vegetables well into the fall.
Raised bed gardens — How to build and maintain raised beds for the crops that appreciate them.
Starting seeds indoors — Planning for, planting and transplanting seeds you start indoors.
Care and maintenance of lawns and landscape plants
The Minnesota lawn care calendar is a handy schedule of activities that will help you keep your lawn healthy throughout the year.
Hiring a tree care professional — Finding and hiring a professional arborist for your landscape trees.
Planting and transplanting trees and shrubs — How to plant and care for different types of tree and shrub stock.
Pruning trees and shrubs — How and when to prune to keep trees and shrubs healthy and beautiful throughout their lives.
Winter care for trees and shrubs — Minnesota's harsh climate can cause severe damage to landscape plants. Here are steps you can take to protect trees and shrubs and minimize injury.
Woody vegetation control — Controlling invasive and undesirable native trees and shrubs in your landscape.
The Best Plants for 30 Tough Sites (2007)— Download a book of recommendations from Master Gardeners on the best plants for 30 tough garden sites, such as dry shade, slopes, lakeshores, etc. Includes lists of plants with special traits such as self-seeding, long-blooming, and minimal litter trees.
Gardening in the shade — Understand shady areas in your yard and how to create gardens in them.