Greengirls Helen Yarmoska, Nicole Hvidsten, Martha Buns, Connie Nelson, Kim Palmer and Mary Jane Smetanka are dishin' the dirt from the back-yard garden and beyond. Whether you're a greenthumb or greenhorn, they're eager to learn from your mishaps, mistakes - and most importantly, your sweet successes - all growing season long.
By Connie Nelson
Every year about this time, we throw in the trowel on our garden blog. It always feels a little sad, just like when you pull the last of your annuals or bury your roses in a pile of leaves for the winter. But by the time the holidays roll around, most of us have turned our attention indoors.
That's what we're doing, too.
Today, we launched a new blog, Homegirls. Until Greengirls return in the spring, we'll take up indoor topics that you're interested in -- everything from home decorating to home improvement. We'll share entertaining tips, give you inside information on the hot new colors (Did you know that black is the new black?) and we'll give you our picks and pans of new products, local stores and upcoming events. We're eager to get your opinions and your how-to tips, too.
So c'mon and join the conversation at www.startribune.com/homegirls.
By Connie Nelson
You probaby know plenty of gardener who have toiled in obscurity for years. Well, here's your chance to give them more than 15 minutes of fame. The Minnesota State Horticultural Society is looking for nominations for its annual State Awards. The awards recognize "gardeners who have made outstanding contributions to greening efforts in public gardens or community projects."
They're looking for individuals, garden clubs, neighborhood groups or other organizations who've made our world a little more beautiful. Read more about it here. And get your nominations in soon.
What are you planning to do with your garden this week? Are you still getting tomatoes or thinking about putting things to bed?
Between harvesting honey and making pasta sauce, fall is busy at the farmette. But even as the warm sun feels endless, I know if I just jump ahead a month, the weather and the world I see outside will be very different than what's out the window today. The urge to nest is coming on strong.
One of my favorite things to do when not stirring the plum butter on the stove is plan my winter reading. I just saw that the folks who publish two of my favorite magazines "Hobby Farm" and "Hobby Farm Home" have started a new magazine that I bet Greengirls readers will want to know about.
"Urban Farm" magazine promises to "promote the benefits of self sustainability and to provide the tools with which to do it on any size property." Editors say they want to reach out to those in the city and suburbs, those who are inspired by the local food movement and who want to start raising chickens and growing food for themselves, supporting local agriculture and living more sustainably.
I saw a preview in one of the other magazines I get, and liked it, but I haven't read the whole magazine yet. Anyone seen it? What do you think? You can find more info at www.urbanfarmonline.com. Major bookstores should have the first issue on sale now or you can order it online here. If you Twitter, you can also follow Urban Farm on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UrbanFarmMag.
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