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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: Keeping your houseplants happy

This month on Northern Gardening we welcomed author Tovah Martin to talk about how to keep your houseplants happy. Listen for a conversation on houseplants that work well in northern climates in the winter, as well as tips from Cook County residents about what houseplants do well in their homes.

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

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Northern Gardening: Seeds for the future

Seeds for the future is the topic for this month's Northern Gardening.  Hosts Joan Farnam and Sally Berg are joined by guests including Heron Breen of Fedco Seeds and Supplies, and Ann Rosenquist and Tom Galazy from North Wind Organic Farm in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 a.m. All previously-aired programs are archived on our website to listen to anytime. 

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Northern Gardening: Preparing for winter

This month on Northern Gardening the topic is good and bad mulches for gardens and landscapes and getting your garden ready for the winter.  And with the holiday season approaching, there's also a discussion about ideas for great gifts for the special gardening in your life.

Joining Joan Farnam on the program is master gardener Sally Berg, and local growers Melinda Spinler and Nick Wharton.  The featured guest is Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, a horticulturist and arborist from Washington Stae University, and award-winning author of five books, including "Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens."

We’d love to hear from you too! Do you have questions about fall gardening and the best mulches to use? Or maybe you have suggestions for the perfect gift for a fellow gardener. Email your questions or comments – prior to the program - to joan.farnam@gmail.com.
 
Northern Gardening airs the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. and is rebroadcast the following Saturday at 6 a.m. All previously aired programs are archived on our website, to listen to any time

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Northern Gardening: Apples

It's all about apples on this month's Northern Gardening.  Hosts Joan Farnam and Melinda Spinler talk about the varieties of apples that grow well here, the Cook County Apple DNA project, how to take care of your trees, grafting, and more.  They also learn more about what's happening during this weekend's Apple Festival in Grand Marais.

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 any time!

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Northern Gardening: What's a Master Gardener?

What's a U of M Master Gardener?  How can I become one?

Hosts Joan Farnam and Sally Berg and joined by a number of area master gardeners on this month's edition of Northern Gardening to answer just that!  They also share some of their gardening specialties, projects, common questions, and more.

WTIP's 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 any time.

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Northern Gardening: Gardening goofs

Hosts Joan Farnam and Mark Abrahamson discuss “Gardening Goofs”, those bloopers they’ve made in the garden as they learned how to do it, as well as tips on what to do to avoid them yourself.  For example: Don’t plant garlic on its head. What does that mean? Listen in and find out.

Guests to the program include Master Gardener Sally Berg, and CSA producers Melinda Spinler of Maple Hill Sugarbush and Farm, and Lise Abazs of Round River Farm in Finland.

WTIP's 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 any time.

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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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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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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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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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