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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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Foxglove.  Photo by oatsy40 via Flickr and Creative Commons (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

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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Iris by Peter Miller via Flickr and Creative Commons (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/)

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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Northern Gardening: Composting

This month's edition of Northern Gardening is all about composting.  Learn about composting in your home garden, as well as using composting as a means of gardening with straw bales.

Hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam are joined by special guest, author Joel Karsten.  Joel has a B.S. degree in horticulture and is an avid vegetable gardener who also loves tulips, dahlias, roses, hostas, and lilies.  Find out more about Joel's latest six bale greenhouse composting project and how that might work for you in your back yard. Joan and Diane are also joined in the studio by U of M Extension Master Gardener Sally Berg.

Northern Gardening is a locally produced program on WTIP, airing 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: Houseplants

It’s the time of year when gardeners get distracted with planning their perennial gardens, adding trees, shrubs, and fruits to their outdoor landscape, and starting seedlings for their vegetable gardens.  Houseplants usually get neglected just when they should also be getting repotted, restarted, and rejuvenated. 
 
With that in mind, "Houseplants Year-round" is the topic for this month's Northern Gardening program. Hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam welcome Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, ‘The Houseplant Guru,' to the program.   She's not only known for her online presence, but has just written a book, “Houseplants:  The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing and Caring for Indoor Plants.”  Lisa is also the proud owner of over 1,000 houseplants in her home and sunroom. U of M Extension Master Gardener Sally Berg also joins the program.
 
Northern Gardening is a locally produced program on WTIP, airing 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: Landscaping with Native Plants

Naturescaping, or Landscaping with Native Plants, has become a big topic in recent years.  Join hosts Joan Farnam and Melinda Spinler as they explore how to use your backyard to retain wildlife and increase native plant habitat. 

They are joined in the studio by Chel Anderson, Plant Ecologist, and Michaela Clingman, Soil & Water Technician.  Dan Schutte from Shoreview Natives in Two Harbors also joins the group via phone. 

If you are living in the Northwoods and would like to enhance your property, this discussion may be helpful to you when thinking about different ways to utilize your property to increase plant diversity, support local wildlife, and balance your property’s use with your family’s needs.

At the beginning of the program, hosts Joan and Melinda discuss a way to find aerial photos of your property.  A link to the service discussed can be found here.

WTIP’s Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 a.m.

 

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Photo by Pauline Rosenberg via Flickr and Creative Commons

Northern Gardening: Dahlias

Join hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam on February's edition of Northern Gardening.  Diane and Joan talk about bulbs, corms or tubers you can order now and plant this spring to have flowers for a much longer period of time than a cut bouquet of flowers.
Kyle Cassidy, from Creekside Dahlias, and the largest dahlia grower in Minnesota joined the program as well. 
 
WTIP’s Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 a.m.

 

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Northern Gardening: Grapes

Northern Gardening hosts Joan Farnam and Diane Booth cover growing grapes in northern climates, and also talk about what really works and what doesn’t work here in January's Northern Gardening.
 
Guests to the program include Tom Plocher, a grape breeder from Hugo, Minnesota.  Tom was a protege of Elmer Swenson, a well-known grape breeder from Osceola, WI.  Tom uses a number of the Swenson hybrids in his grape breeding and has also had the opportunity to learn from numerous private grape breeders in Denmark, China, Germany, and Russia.  He came to Cook County in 2008 and graciously donated his time and grape cuttings for local folks to trial in our county. 
 
Also joining the program is Bob LaMettry, a local gardener, who has probably trialed the most different kinds of grapes in our county on the Pike Lake Road. 

 
WTIP’s Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 am.  Past episodes are archived here.  
 

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Northern Gardening: Seeds & Holiday Wreaths

December's edition of Northern Gardening was all about 'Seeds and Holiday Wreaths'.  Hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam were joined by Tom Stearns, owner of High Mowing Organic Seeds in Vermont, Debbie LaMusga, information specialist with the USFS, as well as local gardener Sally Berg. 

Northern Gardening airs live on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. - and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 a.m.

 

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Northern Gardening: Therapeutic horticulture

November's edition of Northern Gardening featured a discussion on therapeutic horticulture.  Join hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam along with guests for this hour-long discussion. 

Northern Gardening airs live on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. - and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 a.m.

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