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

Tips for Hardy Gardeners: In a Fast World, Gardens Still Take Time

Shelves of yellow pots filled with planting bulbs
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No matter the technological advancements of our world, gardens still need care and forethought. "So much of what goes on in our lives is instant gratification," says Tom Kasper. "In a gardeners case, we're going to go out and plant bulbs with the hope that in six months we're going to see a blossom."

That said, it's time to start thinking about spring.

A big bulb sale is coming up on October 8th at the Depot in Duluth from 9am-1pm. People in the know will be in attendance to answer questions. The sale is being put on by the St. Louis County Master Gardeners.

The time for planting bulbs can vary. "It's about getting [the bulbs] in the soil," says Kasper. "I know a lot of folks that will go out and plant even after we get a little frost."

Animals also need to be considered. Deer, rabbits and squirrels are drawn to bulbs, but there are actions to be taken. Sprinkling blood meal will both fertilize and protect from animals. Chicken wire is a more robust approach that will wear down even the most tenacious squirrel.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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