26 episodes

Learn how to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers and more in a cold-climate. Long-time garden writer and blogger Mary Schier of MyNorthernGarden.com interviews expert northern gardeners on growing techniques, how-to and garden design.

Grow it, Minnesota Mary Schier

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    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Learn how to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers and more in a cold-climate. Long-time garden writer and blogger Mary Schier of MyNorthernGarden.com interviews expert northern gardeners on growing techniques, how-to and garden design.

    Growing Figs in Cold Climates with Lee Reich

    Growing Figs in Cold Climates with Lee Reich

    Author and soil scientist Lee Reich loves to experiment in the garden, and one of his first experiments as a young gardener was growing figs in Madison, Wis. In his new book, Growing Figs in Cold Climates: A Complete Guide (New Society Publishers, 2021), he offers northern gardeners tips on choosing varieties, pruning and how to get fig trees through the winter.  Listen to how he does it.

    Growing Figs in Cold Climates
    Lee's website
    Lee's book reviewed in the New York Times

    Grow it, Minnesota episode on growing lemons in cold climates
    Mary's website
    Follow Mary on Instagram


     

    • 30 min
    The Winter Garden with Cathy Rees

    The Winter Garden with Cathy Rees

    Welcome to another season of Grow it, Minnesota!

    In this episode, author Cathy Rees talks about her new book, Winterland: Create a Beautiful Garden for Every Season  (Princeton Architectural Press, 2021).  She explains what to think about as you design a garden and landscape that will offer beauty and more all year.

    We talk about the importance of texture, structure and light as well as ways to create habitat and enjoy watching birds and other critters in winter.

    Helpful Links:
    Winterland: Create a Beautiful Garden For Every SeasonMore about CathyLight in the Garden Mary's websiteFollow Grow it, Minnesota on InstagramFollow Mary on Instagram

    • 33 min
    Trees and Drought with Jake McDougall

    Trees and Drought with Jake McDougall

    With the drought in Minnesota moving from moderate to extreme, gardeners are wondering how to take care of their trees. In this episode, arborist Jake McDougall of Davey Tree Service talks about how to tell if your tree is experiencing drought stress, best ways to water and the value of mulch for keeping moisture on trees.  We touch on a few tree pests and some of Jake's picks for resilient trees in our climate.

    To Learn More: 
    Climate Hardy Trees for the NorthMore Trees for Climate ChangeEffective Watering Strategies for Northern GardenersMore about Davey Tree ServiceThe Northern Gardener: From Apples to ZinniasFollow Grow it, Minnesota on InstagramFollow Mary on Instagram

    • 22 min
    Sustainable Roses with David Zlesak

    Sustainable Roses with David Zlesak

    David Zlesak, plant breeder and professor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, is my guest today, talking about the American Rose Trials for Sustainability or A.R.T.S. program. In this program, roses are evaluated all over the country for their ability to thrive without fertilizer, pesticides or fungicides. Regional winners are named each year and there are more than 20 roses that are "Local Artists" for Minnesota.

    David talks about the program, his favorite roses, tips for planting roses (hint: go deep) and our favorite rose nemisis, the Japanese beetle. If you love roses or think you would like to plant them but worry they are too hard, this is the episode for you.

    A.R.T.S. Program in Minnesota (Plus Rose List)
    More Sustainable Roses for the North
    All Local Artist Roses for the North

    Duluth Rose Garden
    Lyndale Park Rose Garden

    Mary's Blog
    Follow Mary on Instagram
    Follow Grow it, Minnesota on Facebook

    • 28 min
    Herbal Houseplants with Susan Betz

    Herbal Houseplants with Susan Betz

    Learn all about growing herbs indoors from author Susan Betz, whose latest book is Herbal Houseplants: Grow Beautiful Herbs Indoors (Cool Springs Press, 2021). Susan talks about the special needs of indoors plants, understanding why some plants have shorter seasons, the value of sending houseplants outdoors for a summer vacation and more. Susan is an herb expert and a generous gardener.

    Links and Resources
    Herbal Houseplants bookSusan's websiteFollow Susan on InstagramRichter's HerbsRenee's Gardens HerbsAfrican Power Cress'Mt. Carbide' Lemon Leaf PlectranthusMy Northern GardenThe Northern Gardener: From Apples to ZinniasFollow Mary on Instagram

    • 30 min
    Micro Food Gardening with Jen McGuinness

    Micro Food Gardening with Jen McGuinness

    Author and blogger Jen McGuinness talks about her new book, Micro Food Gardening (Cool Spring Press, 2021). The book includes information on how to grow food in containers, indoors or out, and it features 30 micro food gardening projects, from a cake stand for growing strawberries to how to grow basil in a muffin pan! Jen is known all over the internet as Frau Zinnie. You can follow her blog or check out her photos on Instagram.

    To Learn More:
    Small varieties Jen recommends: 
    Little Prince eggplantCayanetta F1 pepperHahms Gelge Micro Dwarf tomatoMicro Tom tomatoPurple Lady bok choy
    Mary's blog
    Mary's book
    Follow Mary on Instagram

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

jeniferst ,

Great follow up questions

The host goes deep getting the details. I guest will say something, and she’ll follow up two or even three times to really get the practical details gardeners need to Follow through. Love!

Hamletrules ,

So practical, helpful, fun

How wonderful to have a gardening podcast specifically for people living in Minnesota and the surrounding area. Advice you can count on from someone who’s been there, done that. Her book, the Northern Gardner, is also wonderful.

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