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

Planting under a tree

When planted together, trees and flowers can compete for sun, water and minerals. Here are a few ways to get them to peacefully coexist.

Updated: March 27, 2009, - 09:58 AM

Birch trees can do well in Minn. , but there are things to know before planting

Birches are beautiful trees and usually grow well in Minnesota. But there are a few things you should know about them before planting.

Updated: January 27, 2009, - 12:32 PM

Oct. 22: Is it too late to plant spring bulbs?

Daffodils, hyacinths and smaller bulbs such as crocus, grape hyacinth and Siberian squill do best when you plant them by mid- to late October. Tulips tolerate late planting better, but it's still best to get them in as soon as possible.

Updated: October 27, 2008, - 09:11 AM

Where to put your seed money

There's no trick to buying the best garden seeds. Look for plants that mature quickly, and don't buy more than you can use.

Updated: May 13, 2008, - 02:13 PM

When to start seeds

Here's a general guideline for seed-starting dates in the Twin Cities area. (Move the date a week earlier for every 100 miles south of the metro area, and a week later for every 100 miles north.)

Updated: February 05, 2008, - 03:16 PM

Get amaryllis out in force

Getting amaryllis to rebloom (either in winter or in spring) is fairly easy - if you treated them well during the summer.

Updated: November 20, 2007, - 03:29 PM

Protecting a rose in winter

Mounding and trenching are important for winter rose care.

Updated: October 23, 2007, - 06:08 PM

Trumpeting the virtues of amaryllis

Whether you bought your own or received one as a gift, follow these easy instructions to get an amaryllis to flower.

Updated: December 27, 2005, - 03:07 PM

Have a ball while tree lasts

Even though a Christmas tree may appear to grow indoors, it can't be planted outside in a Minnesota winter.

Updated: December 20, 2005, - 11:40 AM

How to make a garden basket

If you're anything like me, you can't help but admire the handsome "basket gardens" sold at garden centers. But did...

Updated: December 16, 2005, - 11:12 PM

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