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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: Great vegetable varieties for Northeastern Minnesota

January's edition of Northern Gardening explores 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.

Join hosts Diane Booth and Joan Farnam as they talk to Bob Olen, longtime horticulturist for St. Louis county and market gardener, Cree Bradley from Chelsea Morning Farm in Two Harbors, Pat Berger from Boreal Bounty Farm in Two Harbors, Ian Andrus from Creaking Tree Farm in Lutsen, Nick Wharton from Good Nature Farm in Grand Marais and Melinda Spinler from the Maple Hill Sugarbush & Farm in Grand Marais.

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


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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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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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.

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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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