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Ask the Patch Pros: All About Gardening

Looking to start a garden? Wondering about the best plants to grow in Minnesota? Our pros are here to help.

You know that one neighbor of yours with the amazing garden? Admit it, you're a little bit jealous whenever summer rolls around and everything starts blooming.

Given your two brown thumbs, it's understandable you might have a hard time competing. Until now, that is, because you just gained a secret weapon: the brains of our Patch pros.

Have you been having trouble pruning your rose bushes? Perhaps you want to know the best vegetables to plant in Minnesota. Or maybe you're just wondering how to get rid of the Asian lady beetles making a home in your garden. Whatever the problem, our Patch pros are here to help.

Larry Cipolla, a Hennepin County Master Gardener, is ready and able to offer helpful advice on anything related to gardening. Larry is also a member of the Minnesota Hosta Society and the American Hosta Society.

Tim Zimmerman is the city horticulturalist in charge of all of Edina's gardens and the city's greenhouse. Joining him is Ted Stephenson, the horticulturalist at  in Edina.

UPDATE: Another expert has joined the fray. Jason Ladd, a Richfield resident who works for the U of M libraries, has been gardening all of his life as a hobbyist. He's taken several horticulture classes and currently manages a 30-by-40 square foot vegetable garden with eight raised beds.

If you have any plant-related questions in the next few days, please post them in the comments below. One of the aforementioned Patch pros will get you an answer ASAP.

Margaret Wachholz June 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM
And, Chris Steller just threw his poor parents under the bus. Those English and those Ohio..ions!!! Chris, I'm cleaning the beaches in Puerto Rico for episodes of that dating game (can't remember the name of it. The Bachelor or something like that) and then, have to come home to rid us of Creeping Charlie in MN. "Tis duty, I suppose.
Margaret Wachholz June 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Listen Buster, you had me thinking of owls last night. Then, I hear something screeching. Shall I go out with the camera or not!? Remember I told you Kris I went to go Whale Watching last Feb. I did and spent 2 weeks & all I got was wrinkles from squinting. I was expecting to brush off the barnacles off a 52 foot, 50 ton humpback whale. I really did. Others should know the dangerous missions you send me on!!! I found out the hard way. It's harder to rub up against a whale where the 4 chamber heart is about 430lbs=3 adults. Boy, I was disappointed... ...Any way I'm heading off to Fridley to a parade. Fridley has parades on a Thur night where some friends reside. I didn't think anything was going on here, but then I saw a sign for a beer bonanza sign on Schooner Way. Next to it was a sign for an Open House. Is this the way you are selling houses now?? So, Woodbury is not dull whatsoever but I'm going to Fridley. And, instead of your owl and rabbit request, I'll be sending you a piece on how to age like scotch and all that awaits you in your senior years. We wouldn't want you grumpy in your ripe ole age, would we? Talk later so.
Kris Janisch June 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Ha! Sounds good to me!
susan June 23, 2012 at 02:04 AM
continuing on with the daisy garden hopeful, here. when i trim off the dead blossoms, where on the plant is the best place to trim to encourage fuller growth?
Plymouth Recycler August 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM
This year my zucchini and spaghetti squash succumbed to root rot. I had some trouble with that last yearbook. Have u any suggestions for minimizing that disease?

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