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

Late bloomers keep garden growing

It's a challenge to design a flower garden with the right combination of plants that look vibrant throughout the summer....

Updated: August 03, 2004, - 11:00 PM

Deb Brown: Mid-summer garden filled with flowers, chores

It's hard to believe that we've already reached the half-way point in the gardening season. This is a great time...

Updated: July 27, 2004, - 11:00 PM

Die-back shrubs regrow from the ground up

Most of us assume that when we plant shrubs, they will survive our winters and grow larger and more robust...

Updated: June 15, 2004, - 11:00 PM

Mulch beats the heat

In Minnesota, it's as important to mulch garden and landscape plants in late spring as it is in late fall....

Updated: June 01, 2004, - 11:00 PM

Garden advice in the information age

Each spring we're bombarded with gardening advice -- not all of it sound and not all of it applicable to...

Updated: May 18, 2004, - 11:00 PM

Old-fashioned annuals have simple charm

Despite an ongoing love affair with hardy perennials, many Minnesotans are taking a second look at adding old-fashioned flowering annuals...

Updated: May 04, 2004, - 11:00 PM

Deb Brown: Phosphorus fertilizer use limited

In an effort to protect our lakes, streams and rivers from harmful phosphorus run-off, Minnesota enacted a law restricting the...

Updated: April 20, 2004, - 11:00 PM

Climate zone confusion

Gardeners rely on hardiness zone maps for information about which plants are the best suited for our climate. And although...

Updated: April 06, 2004, - 11:00 PM

Indoor seed-starting season is here

If you plan to get a jump start on this year's gardening season by starting seeds indoors, time's a wasting.Most...

Updated: March 02, 2004, - 10:00 PM

Easy-care orchids

Now that orchids are fairly common in stores like Target, it's obvious that growing the once-exclusive plants is no longer...

Updated: February 24, 2004, - 10:00 PM

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