Connie Nelson

Senior editor | Lifestyle
Phone: 612-673-7087
Connie Nelson is the Senior Editor for features coverage at the StarTribune. During the growing season, she produces how-to videos and is part of the Greengirls and Homegirls blogs.

Recent content from Connie Nelson

Ash borer treatment is not yet necessary

Yes, you should be concerned about emerald ash borer. But don't grab for an insecticide yet.

Updated: September 16, 2008, - 02:17 PM

Contain yourself

Once your perennial gardens are established, they look pretty much the same from year to year -- give or take a few winter kills. So what do you do if you develop a sudden hankering for the color purple? Or fall for the latest Wave petunia?

Updated: June 11, 2008, - 01:54 PM

Keep weeds at bay, mulch your garden

Home and Garden Editor Connie Nelson demonstrates different types of mulch to use for different plants in your yard.

Updated: June 10, 2008, - 03:27 PM

Gardening opener

In a slow spring, Mother's Day marks the beginning of our short, frenzied growing season.

Updated: May 09, 2008, - 10:47 AM

Growing green

Want to grow a little greener in your yard and garden? You don't have to plow up your perennials or rip out your Kentucky bluegrass. You can make a few simple changes that will benefit your plants -- and the environment.

Updated: April 24, 2008, - 11:47 AM

Spring chore checklist

It's finally spring. And in Minnesota that means it's time to roll up your shirtsleeves and dig into the job jar. There are plenty of tasks you can get a jump on right now, but there are quite a few things you'd be wise to wait to do. We've put together our spring chore checklist to help you sort out the two.

Updated: April 22, 2008, - 02:21 PM

Nominate a beautiful garden

We ask readers to tell us about their favorites for our Beautiful Gardens contest. From the nominations we receive, we select five winners whose gardens we visit during the summer.

Updated: April 15, 2008, - 11:57 AM

Three new hardy roses with Nordic names

Minnesota-hardy roses with humorous Nordic names are no joke. And they're likely to sell faster than lefse at a church bazaar.

Updated: March 25, 2008, - 05:34 PM

Living large (in a small space)

Sarah Nettleton walks her talk. The architect and author, who joined the battle for simplicity with her book "The Simple Home," lives in a modestly sized, "Leave It to Beaver"-style house in Minneapolis. We talked with Nettleton about throwing big parties in a small house, her concept of the luxury of enough and borrowing dogs.

Updated: March 21, 2008, - 03:45 PM

What's in store at flower show

Women's shoes is Mexico. Head down the cosmetics aisle and you're in Central America. And handbags? That's Brazil.

Updated: March 18, 2008, - 05:33 PM

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