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Northern Gardening

  • 2nd Thursday 7-8pm
  • and following Saturday at 6am
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Recipes | Local Food on the North Shore

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: 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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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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Northern Gardening: Small Trees & Great Shrubs

July's Northern Gardening is all about small trees and great shrubs for zones 3 & 4.  Hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam are joined virtually by a panel of local gardeners and plant specialists for northern climates answering your questions on the topic.

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.

Photo from North Dakota State University via Creative Commons.

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Northern Gardening: Landscaping with native plants

June's edition of Northern Gardening is all about landscaping with native plants.

Hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam are joined by a panel of local gardeners and native plant specialists for northern Minnesota and Wisconsin to explore this topic.

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: Growing vegetables in Cook County

May's edition of Northern Gardening covers growing vegetables here in Cook County.

Hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam are joined by local guests to answer questions about growing vegetables across the entire county.

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: 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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 Photo by Jim Hudgins/USFWS.

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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