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Gardening tips for Duluth's Northern climate, hosted by Master Gardener Tom Kasper.

Tips for Hardy Gardeners: Well, if the calendar says spring is here...

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The time is now to get started on some of your vegetable plants, no matter what it's like outside.

Yes, there is snow on the ground. Plenty of it. The ground is still frozen. But here in the Northland that is no reason not to start planting now. With an outdoor gardening season that is noticeably shorter than regions to the south, Tom Kasper advises us to start some vegetables indoors and then transplant them once the ground thaws. Onions should be started right away, then peppers, tomatoes, and others shortly.

Now would also be the best time to prune your fruit trees before they begin to bud. Shorten the branches that grow straight up, deferring to branches that grow sideways. This will both provide more light to a broader spread of branches and allow easier access when harvesting the fruit in the fall.

Chris Harwood is The North 1033’s Production Director and (acting) Program Director, a morning/daytime host, and the host of Soul Village. He is also a musician, a music historian, an audio engineer, and an avid record collector.