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

Tips for Hardy Gardeners: Prepping for a Winter Garden

A large-leafed plant, yellow and wilting
Maria Eklind [via Flickr]

Winter doesn't have to mean saying goodbye to the garden. Taking the time to prep the landscape of your yard can yield a more aesthetically pleasing view through those dark and cold months while also aiding the plants and animals.

Recent changes in gardening perspective have some gardeners leaning toward leaving the stalks of some of their withered plants standing rather than raking them away. This offers a potential wind barrier, benefits pollinators, and may also provide food for some of the birds that winter in the Northland.

Additionally, in the bleak winter, the seed heads peeking up from the snow can offer a comforting sight and a reminder. "Anything we can do to get us to daydream or look out into the garden and imagine what it's going to look like in the future," says Tom Kasper. "It's also good for us and our soul."

You can hear Tips for Hardy Gardeners every other Tuesday at 8:20am on Northland Morning.

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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