2017's Top Garden Blogs From The Midwest
Gardening in the Midwest can be tricky with the seasons changing so drastically. Do you know when to plan your garden, when to plant, and when to harvest? How can your garden survive through the winter months?
The internet provides a wealth of information on these topics-so much that it can confuse you. To make things easier, we have put together a list of our favorite blogs and bloggers form the Midwest. They are all experienced gardeners and will help you along your journey to develop a beautiful garden.
Susan Holland has gardened all over the United States as well as in other countries. Now residing in Bismarck, North Dakota, she enjoys providing landscape and vegetable gardening solutions to those with a small area to work with. You will find many gardening ideas on her blog and beautiful pictures of flowers as well as information about more little-known plants that may be just what your garden needs.
As a lifelong gardener and a native of Lisbon, North Dakota, Don Kinzler has plenty of experience of gardening in the Midwest. He used to work for NDSU Extension Horticulture and later owned Kinzler’s Greenhouse in Fargo. He currently writes 2 weekly columns for Forum Communications. On his blog, you will find tips on how to care for your plants both indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather.
Eighteen years ago, Gloria Bonde turned their yard, which was full of weeds into a luscious, colorful garden. On her blog you will learn how you can transform your own yard into a beautiful garden and what things you can add to take your landscaping to the next level.
Morgan calls herself a “First Generation Farm Wife” and her blog gives her perspective of life on a farm as someone living this lifestyle for the first time. Go along with her on her journey and learn how to turn your garden produce into healthful meals for your family and how to preserve produce to enjoy later.
Dr. James Roush is a 2007 Riley County Master Gardener and is also a published author of the book “Garden Musings” which talks about the struggles all gardeners face. Living in Kansas, he has become an expert on how to garden in difficult soil. He will teach you how to overcome the challenges of gardening and how to get your landscape just the way you want it.
Created by K-State Research and Extension, this blog is designed to help you to learn how to develop the best agricultural practices. The Demo Garden Blog is full of diagrams showing the best layout for planting depending on the type of plant and the season. You will also learn the best time to plant different plants. There are also some recipes throughout the blog to help you use your produce to create tasty meals, sauces, and sides.
Don Engebretson is an award-winning Minnesota garden writer and designer. His straight-forward writing style sprinkled with humor has gained him popularity in the gardening community. His blog offers advice on how to care for plants, how to design you landscape, do’s and don’ts, and it also provides myth-busters so that you will not be misled by common misconceptions.
Beth Billstrom is a trained Master Gardener as well as a seasoned public garden tour guide. She is dedicated to helping those that have a dream of having a garden but have a small space to work with. Beth has over 25 years of experience when it comes to gardening and through her blog she provides many helpful tips and general garden experience along with an array of pictures. When you face challenges with gardening, she will be there to motivate you to keep going.
Eric Johnson has been involved with gardening for 40 years and is a garden speaker, designer, blogger, writer, and photographer. You can often find his writings in the MSHS’ Northern Gardener Magazine. Through his blog, he connects gardening with the emotional impact it has on our lives as we connect with the earth.
Linda Wiggen Kraft is passionate about helping others to create gardens that “enliven and enhance body, mind, heart, and soul”. Her approach to gardening embraces the inner connection we have with nature, and her blog will help you learn how to create a garden that will give you deep joy and satisfaction.
Beth Stetenfeld is an editor, writer, and master naturalist volunteer and instructor. Her blog, PlantPostings, shares the joys and challenges of shade gardening in Southern Wisconsin, along with posts about travel and nature.
Erin lives in Southeastern Wisconsin and will teach you what she has personally learned through her gardening successes and failures. Her blog offers plenty of ideas to inspire you as well as helpful tips to guide you to getting the beautiful garden you have always dreamed of.
For over 50 years, the Milaeger family has had their family business of growing and selling plants. Kevin Milaeger’s expertise when it comes to gardening is nationally known. He will teach you everything there is to know about planting and taking care of vegetables, especially tomatoes. From fertilization to plant diseases, Kevin is there every step of the way to help you learn how to take care of your plants.
Jason Bertkay lives in Evanston, Illinois which is not far from Chicago. He knows the ins and outs of gardening in a city and has proved that it is not an impossible task. He will teach you how to care for your garden in every season.
The “Garden Girl” grew up in a family that loved gardening and her own love for it began when she was just a little girl. She works as a garden coach and shares her gardening passion through her blog which is full of plant information and pictures to inspire you.
For over 20 years, Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh has had a passion for growing herbs. She has her own herb business called Backyard Patch which specializes in fresh, organic blended herbs. With so much experience and knowledge, she will provide you with all the information you need to grow an herb garden.
Carol describes herself as an “eccentric gardener” and a “gardening geek”. Since she was a little girl she has had a passion for gardening and all her life she has immersed herself in the world of gardening. Her fun writing style, as well as helpful tips, make her blog a must-read.
Steve Wood has gardened most of his life and believes that one of the joys of being a senior is having more time to putter around the garden. On his blog you will find feature stories on specific plants and gardening tasks and also a few recipes. His blog is catered toward seniors with large pictures and a large font size.
Daniela has been gardening for over 20 years and currently lives in Hudson, Ohio. Although she started gardening as more of a hobby to relieve stress, she now says it is an obsession. She uses her blog as a diary to capture her garden throughout all the different seasons.
Don Abbott became an “accidental gardener” 10 years ago, starting out with almost zero gardening experience. He knows how confusing it can be for new gardeners when they read all the conflicting information on the internet. Don will give you advice on how to get a successful garden the first time around without making the common mistakes many gardeners make.
Rhobin gardens in North Central Michigan and her goals when gardening are to create a traditional garden that blends in well with the natural landscape, to develop a garden that does not require a lot of water, and to produce food. Her blog tells about her own successes and failures in gardening.
Congratulations to these winners for their great blogs! These bloggers’ personal experiences and advice will help you with your gardening whether you are doing it for the first time or have a little experience under your belt. Applying their advice will help you to get that garden you have always dreamed of.