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Northern Gardening

2nd thursday, 7 PM - 8 PM2nd saturday, 6 AM

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 whose purpose is to increase Cook County’s long-term food sustainability and self-reliance by eating and growing locally produced food.

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Northern Gardening: The “Dirt-y” show Joan Farnam, Sarah Waddle, Northwoods Food Project

May’s Northern Gardening is the “Dirt-y” show.  Hosts Joan Farnam and Sarah Waddle speak with experts and local gardeners about soil health, soil testing, soil types, fertility, and composting to make your garden sing.

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 at any time.

April 15, 2022
Northern Gardening: Jumping worms, winter gardening, and more Joan Farnam, Northwoods Food Project

This month on Northern Gardening Joan Farnam and Sally Berg are joined by some special guests to talk about this year’s spring challenges, jumping worms, and winter gardening. Also, Max Linehan shares a creative way to start an early spring garden using a milk jug.

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 at any time.

Additional resources on jumping worms are listed below including this video from the Minnesota DNR.

 

March 11, 2022
Northern Gardening: Starting seeds indoors Joan Farnam, Northwoods Food Project

This month’s Northern Gardening features a discussion of what you need to know to successfully start seeds indoors. Guests include Master Gardener Gine Meissner and also Nick Wharton of Good Neighbor Farm.

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.

Resources from U of M Extension.

 

February 11, 2022
Northern Gardening: Sharpening Your Pruning Skills Joan Farnam, Northwoods Food Project

Late winter is a good time to prune shrubs and trees, so this month’s program features special guests, Mariah Sachs, an arborist from St. Paul; Mike McMillan, owner of McMillan’s Landscaping & Tree Service in Cook County; and Master Gardener Sally Berg

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.


Resources from U of M Extension on Pruning trees and shrubs

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash.

January 18, 2022
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.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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Northern Gardening: Gardening goofs Joan Farnam and Mark Abrahamson

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 Diane Booth and Joan Farnam

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 Eric Otto, NE DNR Region Forest Health Specialist and Rachael Dube, NW DNR Region Forest Health Specialist

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 Diane Booth and Joan Farnam

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 Diane Booth and Joan Farnam

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 Diane Booth and Joan Farnam

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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Northern Gardening: Great vegetable varieties for Northeastern Minnesota Diane Booth and Joan Farnam

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.

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Northern Gardening: Protecting trees and shrubs in winter Diane Booth and Joan Farnam

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 Diane Booth and Joan Farnam

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 Diane Booth and Joan Farnam

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 Diane Booth and Joan Farnam

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 Diane Booth and Joan Farnam

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 Diane Booth and Joan Farnam

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.