Deb Brown

Columnist | Digging In
Phone: 612-673-9073
Deb Brown is a garden writer and former extension horticulturist with the University of Minnesota. To ask her a question, call 612-673-9073 and leave a message. She will answer questions in her column.

Recent content from Deb Brown

Give plants a head start

Starting from seed lets you dabble in the dirt and get a jump on the growing season.

Updated: January 25, 2011, - 02:58 PM

Mulch matters

Adding a layer of protective mulch is one of the best ways to help plants, especially those marginally hardy ones, make it through the harsh Minnesota winter.

Updated: November 09, 2010, - 04:02 PM

Seasonal lawn seeding

It's getting late to seed for grass, unless you want to give dormant seeding a try.

Updated: September 28, 2010, - 02:25 PM

The garden goes indoors

Don't stop at bringing in houseplants that spent the summer outside; you can also pot a few annuals to brighten your home.

Updated: September 21, 2010, - 03:24 PM

Japanese beetlemania strikes

Our warm summer seems to have encouraged Japanese beetles, a garden scourge that doesn't really need a whole lot of help.

Updated: August 31, 2010, - 04:29 PM

Deadhead - you'll be grateful

Removing faded flowers keeps plants producing and looking good, but it does take some time.

Updated: August 10, 2010, - 04:09 PM

Most vines aren't made for the shade

There aren't many flowering vines that bloom in heavy shade, but there are shade-tolerant vines with good-looking foliage.

Updated: July 13, 2010, - 04:16 PM

More shady characters

Here are some plants that do well in shady spots. Remember that all plants need some sun. Few plants thrive in dense shade.

Updated: June 22, 2010, - 02:47 PM

Creeping Charlie's made for shade

Trying to maintain turf grass in the shade will be a challenge.

Updated: June 22, 2010, - 02:43 PM

Put down that pruner

Most spring-blooming shrubs should be pruned shortly after they've bloomed, but many don't need to be pruned at all. If you have lilacs that are out of control, here's some advice for taming them.

Updated: June 15, 2010, - 04:17 PM

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