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Brighten Your Winter with Houseplants

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Jan. 10 is National Houseplant Day, and with good reason — with their lush green leaves and natural beauty, houseplants breathe life into the cold, dark and dreary winter days. Houseplants can help ease stress, boost feelings of focus and productivity, and brighten your mood. Whether you’re a beginner or…

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Planting Fall Bulbs for Spring Pollinators

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Attract pollinators to your garden early next spring by planting flowering bulbs this fall. Choose a variety of bulbs to appeal to different pollinators and ones that will keep your garden blooming from early spring until summer. Groupings of like flowers are more attractive to pollinators out looking for nectar,…

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Planting Fall Crops

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Early to mid-summer is the perfect time to plan ahead for the rest of the growing season. The average first frost date for the Saint Paul area is Oct. 1, so there is still plenty of time to plant and get abundant crops! Check the backs of seed packages for…

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Dill-ight in Homegrown Herbs

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Growing your own herbs not only helps you feel connected to what you eat, but it’s also a great way to save money. Instead of buying herbs for every recipe, you can purchase a plant once and keep a continuous, fresh supply on hand — simply snip off what you…

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Regrow Your Food Scraps

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Don’t compost your kitchen scraps just yet. One of the easiest (and most fun!) ways to reduce food waste is to use your food scraps to regrow vegetables and herbs. You’ll want to start with healthy, organic vegetables or herbs and glass jars. Not everything will sprout; you may need…

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Patio & Small-Space Gardening

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Want a garden but don’t have much of a yard? Try your hand at container or small-space gardening! Many vegetables grow well in small spaces, providing you give them what they need: good soil, adequate watering, and sunshine. And there are many beautiful combinations of vegetables, herbs and flowers that…

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Grow Your Own Garlic

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Get planting in October for homegrown garlic next year! Follow the guide below from our Floral and Plant Sale Coordinator, Maureen, to enjoy the freshest garlic at home. What Garlic Needs to Grow Well Full sun Lofty soil, rich in organic matter Even watering Good drainage No competition from weeds…

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Get Growing with Carter Farms Seed Potatoes

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Potatoes are one of the first things you can start growing in the spring, either in a garden or in a barrel on a deck or patio, if you’re short on space. You’ll find several varieties of organic seed potatoes at the co-op from Carter Farms, a family-run farm…

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Grow Your Own Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are grown from slips started indoors toward the end of winter. They are easy and fun to grow and a great project to do with kids! Materials 1 local, organic sweet potato 5 sturdy toothpicks or bamboo skewers 1 wide-mouth canning jar A sunny location Starting the Sweet…

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