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Northern Gardening

  • 2nd Thursday 7-8pm
  • and following Saturday at 6am
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Northern Gardening covers a variety of gardening topics relevant to our northern climate. The program airs on the second Thursday of each month from 7-8 p.m. and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 a.m. The program is a partnership between the Northwoods Food Project, the Cook County U of MN Extension Office, and WTIP.

The Northwood's Food Project is a non-profit organization who's purpose is to increase Cook County's long term food sustainability and self-reliance by eating and growing locally produced food.
 

Learn more about the partnership between WTIP, the Northwoods Food Project, and the Cook County U of MN Extension Office that makes Northern Gardening possible.

Jeanne Wright and daughter Olya, Diane Booth, and Melinda Spinler in the WTIP studio for Northern Gardening.


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Northern Gardening: Vegetable seeds for northern climates

February's edition of Northern Gardening is all about "great vegetable seeds for Northern Climates". 

Hosts Diane Booth, Joan Farnam, and Melinda Spinler are joined by Zachary Paige, owner of North Circle vegetable seed company.

WTIP's Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month from 7-8 pm - and is rebroadcast the following Saturday from 6 to 7 am.

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Northern Gardening: The Cold-Hardy Plant List

Cold winter days are a good time for garden planning...

January's edition of Northern Gardening explores the ‘Cold-Hardy Plant List’ developed by the MN Department of Agriculture - specifically, how they determine what plants are on the list and whether local nurseries play a role in its development.

Hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam are joined by Steven Shimek, plant health specialist with the MN Department of Agriculture, and Rene Swadburg of The Blue Moose in Grand Marais.

The Cold Hardiness List for 2020 can be found here.

WTIP’s Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month, from 7 to 8 p.m. – and is rebroadcast the following Saturday from 6 to 7 a.m.

 

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Northern Gardening: Bee-friendly gardens

December's Northern Gardening is about "Bee Friendly Gardens for Native Bees".  Host Diane Booth is joined by Elaine Evans, U of M Extension educator and bee researcher. Elaine has written a practical guide to raise local bumblebees and will discuss how to encourage native bees to inhabit your garden. 

Later in the program, there's a discussion about great gifts for the holidays for that gardener in your life. 

WTIP’s Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month, from 7 to 8 p.m. – and is rebroadcast the following Saturday from 6 to 7 a.m.

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Northern Gardening: Agrophenology & fall gardening chores

The November edition of Northern Gardening was all about fall gardening chores and agrophenology--the study of changes in crop  production and the relative performance of different crop species and varieties over time.  Hosts Diane Booth and Melinda Spinler welcomed guest David Abazs, Finland farmer and NE Sustainable Development Partnership Executive Director, to talk about using agrophenology to plan your gardening season and what fall projects you can do now to make spring gardening easier.

WTIP’s Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month, from 7 to 8 p.m. – and is rebroadcast the following Saturday from 6 to 7 a.m.
 

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North Woods Naturalist: Monarchs

WTIP's CJ Heithoff talks with naturalist Chel Anderson about the incredible migration journey that Monarchs go on every year in this edition of North Woods Naturalist.

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Northern Gardening: Color for Fall Gardens

Getting the most color in your garden for all four seasons takes not only a good eye for color combinations but also the horticultural knowledge to know what plants might work best for different seasons – especially in our northern climate!
 
Northern Gardening hosts Paula Sundet-Wolf and Joan Farnam are joined by Julie Weisenhorn, U of M Extension Associate Professor for the Horticulture department on this October's Northern Gardening to discuss color for fall gardens.

WTIP’s Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month, from 7 to 8 p.m. – and is rebroadcast the following Saturday from 6 to 7 a.m.

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Northern Gardening: Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the one vegetable that most gardeners want and try to grow.  It gets a bit tricky in our northern climate and everyone has an opinion about what their best tomato is or why they can’t grow tomatoes here.

This month's edition of Northern Gardening is all about "Tomatoes for Northern Gardens." Hosts Melinda Spinler and Joan Farnam are joined by guests Sally Berg, U of M Master Gardener, and David and Lise Abazs, well-known farmers from Finland, Minnesota.

Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month, from 7 to 8 p.m. – and is rebroadcast the following Saturday from 6 to 7 a.m. And all previously aired programs are archived on the Northern Gardening page of our website.

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Northern Gardening: Healing and medicinal plants

August's Northern Gardening is all about healing and medicinal plants.  Join hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam as they welcome guests Mona Abdel-Rahman and Brigette Nies for a discussion on what they do and about the plants they use and grow.
 
WTIP’s Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month, from 7 to 8 p.m. – and is rebroadcast the following Saturday from 6 to 7 a.m.

 

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Northern Gardening: Irises

July's edition of Northern Gardening is all about choosing the best iris for your location.  Hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam welcome guest Holly Johnson, Vice-president of the Iris Society of Minnesota.  

Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month from 7 to 8 pm and is rebroadcast the following Saturday from 6 to 7 am.
 

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Northern Gardening: Planting in cool spring weather

Join hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam for June's edition of Northern Gardening.  This month's topic is growing fruits and planting in cool spring weather.

Joining Diane and Joan on the program are Sara Williams and Bob Bors, authors of 'Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens'.  Sara and Bob call into the program from Canada and the University of Saskatchewan.  They have had plenty of experience growing plants in zone 3 and developing hardy fruits for the Canadian prairie.

WTIP's Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month, from 7 to 8 pm - and is rebroadcast the following Saturday from 6 to 7 am.

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