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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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Photo by John Bogna on Unsplash.

Northern Gardening: Jumping worms

This month on Northern Gardening hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam discussed jumping worms and growing vegetables in Cook County.  

Guests to the program included Caleb Weiers, outreach coordinator for UMD, and Natalie Hoidal, U of M Extension vegetable specialist.  

Northern Gardening airs on the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 am. And all previously-aired programs are archived on our website, to listen to any time.

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Photo by Dennis Chick.

Northern Gardening: Forest health

Want to learn more about your own backyard?  Since most of us live ‘in the woods’, this month's program was all about forest health issues and forest health pests found in northern Minnesota. Is what we are seeing due to climate change or is some of what is happening just the natural progression of our forests?   

Guests to the program include Eric Otto, NE DNR Region Forest Health Specialist and Rachael Dube, NW DNR Region Forest Health Specialist.

Northern Gardening airs on the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 am. And all previously-aired programs are archived on our website, to listen to any time.

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Image by Mabel Amber via Pixabay.

Northern Gardening: New perennials and shrubs

Do you ever wonder who decides what new perennials or shrubs end up being for sale in our garden and nursery stores? This month, Northern Gardening hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam discussed just that. 

Joining Diane and Joan was Debbie Lonne, a horticulturist for Bailey Nursies.  Bailey Nurseries is headquartered in southern St. Paul and is one of the largest wholesale nurseries in the country. Also joining the program were Rene Swadberg from the Blue Moose in Grand Marais, Sandy Maxwell from Maxwell's Nursery in Finland, and Sally Berg, local U of M Extension Master Gardener.

Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 am.  All previously aired programs are archived on our website to listen to at any time.

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Photo by Nastya Kvokka on Unsplash

Northern Gardening: Landscaping with native plants

April's Northern Gardening is all about landscaping with native plants.  Joining hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam are a number of guests, including landscape designers, architects, and master gardeners - who have all landscaped with native plants in both commercial and back yard situations.

Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 am. All previously aired programs are archived on our website to listen to at any time.

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Northern Gardening: Great flower varieties for our climate

This month's edition of Northern Gardening  explored "Great Flower Varieties for Our Northern Climate."  

Hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam were joined by Marielena Shaner from Boda Bayfield; Deb Shubat from Shubat’s Fruits & Flowers; and Monica Highmark from New Song Farm to discuss the different flower varieties they are growing mainly for cut flowers to sell at Farmer’s Markets or for weddings.

Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 am. All previous programs are archived on our website, to listen to at any time.

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

Northern Gardening: Great vegetable varieties for Northeastern Minnesota

The January and February editions of Northern Gardening explored the best vegetable varieties for Northeastern Minnesota. 

Last year many seed varieties were sold out early or reserved for farmers so that when local gardeners went to local sources for seeds, they were pretty surprised to find them unavailable. So this month, we are delighted to talk about vegetable varieties that are ‘tried and true’ for our area with a number of local market gardeners from St. Louis, Lake, and Cook counties - joining the program via Zoom.

Click here for the recommended vegetable variety list for Cook County.

Listen to the full programs from both January and February in the audio below.

 

Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 am. You can send any gardening questions to diane.booth@co.cook.mn.us, or call her at (218)-387-3015, to have your question answered during future Northern Gardening programs.  Previous editions of Northern Gardening can be found here.
 
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Northern Gardening: Protecting trees and shrubs in winter

In this edition of Northern Gardening hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam explore how to protect trees and shrubs in winter.  Since this has been the warmest November on record, there is still plenty of time to prepare your trees and shrubs for the upcoming season.  Also in this program, a discussion about holiday gifts available locally for gardeners. 

Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 am. You can send any gardening questions to diane.booth@co.cook.mn.us, or call her at (218)-387-3015, to have your question answered during future Northern Gardening programs.

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Photo by JP Newell via Flickr and Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Northern Gardening: Succulents

November's Northern Gardening is all about succulents - the hottest gardening topic for millennials since 2014!

Hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam are joined by U of M Extension Master Gardener Sally Berg and by garden photojournalist, author, and expert on succulents, Debra Lee Baldwin.  The panel discusses these greats plants and ways for you to use them here in the northland.

WTIP's Northern Gardening airs live 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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Photo by Karen on Flickr via Creative Commons (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/)

Northern Gardening: Hydroponic Gardening and Storing the Fall Harvest

If you have questions about hydroponic gardening or how to store your fall harvest, October's edition of Northern Gardening is the show for you.  Hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam welcomed a panel of guests to answers questions from listeners on those exact topics.

WTIP's Northern Gardening airs live 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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Photo by Kevin Doncaster via Flickr and Creative Commons (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

Northern Gardening: Saving Seeds

September's Northern Gardening is all about seed saving.  Hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam welcome a panel of local gardeners and plant specialists to answer questions from both first-time seed savers to folks who have been saving seed for quite some time and are looking for additional seed saving challenges.

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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