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Spring Planting 101: How to Start Your Garden

I’ve been entertaining the garden idea for years. In our previous home, the purpose of the backyard was to give our little boys a place to run and play freely, and provide our friends with a gathering spot for burgers and cold beer.

Getting Our Feet Wet: Planting Zones

Tips on how to pick out plants hardy enough to survive Minnesota weather.
Black-Eyed Susans in Long's Garden

Plant Groups

Learn the difference between perennials, biennials and annuals, and which choice is right for you.

The Scoop on Soil

The importance of soil to your garden, and the characteristics of each type.

The Benefits of Mulch

Mulch gives your plants another layer of defense from unwanted critters and Mother Nature, and provides them with another helping of nutrients.