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Terry’s Tips

Sharp tools make deadheading, digging and many other gardening chores faster and easier. Read my article on "Getting Your Garden Tools in Shape" for tips on how to clean and sharpen your pruners, spades and all the rest of your garden tools.

More Gardening Websites

Ambergate Gardens Perennial Lists: From the author of Growing Perennials in Cold Climates comes this handy list of plants with categories such as those that are heavy shade tolerant, those that require frequent division, etc.

American Horticultural Society

Andy’s Northern Ontario Wildflower Page: Photos and extensive information on northern wildflowers and their habitat.

Magnar Aspaker’s Artic Perennial Page: From North Norway, 200 km north of the arctic circle comes over 105 photos and over 450 descriptions of perennials.

Bachman’s Garden Care Sheets: Garden and yard care factsheets from Minnesota’s Bachman Garden Center

Canadian Gardening Magazine: A great site to get ideas for your own northern garden!

Charlotte’s Daylily Diary: Charlotte grows over 285 different varieties of daylilies in her southern Quebec gardens.

Tom Clothier’s Garden Walk and Talk: Tom starts over 1700 plants from seed every year. His articles are very entertaining and instructive.

Cold Climate Gardening Weblog: Kathy Purdy started this collaborative blog for cold climate gardeners from novice to master.

Conservation Minnesota:   Whether you are a hunter, an angler, or a concerned parent, they are working with you to protect the Minnesota you love. Evy McGinness (also known as Emily Compost) passed away on July 15, 2004, but her website is still up dispensing her down-to-earth inspiration to gardeners everywhere.

Explore Cornell–Home Gardening: Want to know about vegies–it’s there. Flowers?  It’s there. Lawn care? Yup. You will find it all at this site.

Doug Green’s Gardening Tips: A very informative site from a fellow garden writer.

I Can Garden: From St. Albert, Alberta Canada, a good resource for all northern gardeners.

An Irish County Garden: Okay I am Irish, but I still think this is a fascinating pictorial history of how an Irish gardener transformed her cottage garden.

Ilona’s Garden : Ilona gardens in central Ohio and I know you’ll enjoy her enthusiasm for gardening.

Landscape Irrigation Tutorials: Everything you ever wanted to know about installing your own irrigation system.

Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest: The University of Wisconsin-Madison has put together an excellent woody plants resource for those in zones 3, 4 and 5. We wish we didn’t have to think about insect pests, but unfortunately it is a fact of life…it is us or them.  Lots of good factsheets on least-toxic pest control from aphids to yellowjackets.

University of Minnesota Extension

Moosey’s Country Garden: Mary (Moosey) gardens in Christchurch,  New Zealand and her son has perfectly captured her enthusiasm for gardening in this truly exceptional website.

MnDot’s Plant Selection Site: A plant selection and identification site from our own Minnesota Dept. of Transportation.

My Country Garden: Beautiful garden photos from the lower Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada.

My Northern Garden: Mary Schier has a very entertaining blog where she talks about her experiences as a northern gardener, garden writer and editor of Northern Gardener magazine.

National Gardening Assn. Magazine: Articles on a variety of subjects such as gardening for wildlife and a page with gardening “news.” Canadian Jim Kohut, a fellow Northern Gardener columnist, has created a wonderful gathering place on the web for northern landscapers and gardeners.

OG Magazine: Organic Gardening…the magazine.

Organic Gardening Tips from Marion Ross: A garden writer in Alaska shares her articles on organic gardening .

Perennial Gardening on the Prairies: From Maureen and Glen Lee in Regina, SK, Canada comes their collection of over 1600 photos of northern plants and flowers.

Perry’s Perennial Pages: Leonard P. Perry is an Extension Professor at the University of Vermont.

Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series: Create outdoor spaces that are functional, maintainable, environmentally sound, cost effective and aesthetically pleasing.

University of MN Gardening Info:  This website makes it easy to get to all the University of Minnesota horticultural information on the Web.

WiseAcre Gardens: Plant photos with descriptions and beautiful garden pics.