Is climate change affecting the backyard gardener?

A collection of seedling plants.
Hot pepper plants are housed inside the red barn at the Living Earth Center in Mankato, Minn. Classes and groups learn about gardening and nutrition at the community garden.
Hannah Yang | MPR News file

Hey, how’s your garden looking? Are you ready for fall planting? Are you wondering if you should keep the changing climate in mind while designing your fall garden? 

Fall gardening can present some challenges for experienced and novice gardeners alike: What winters over well? And what doesn’t winter over at all? 

What should you plant to prepare for spring? When should you deadhead your plants? How do you anticipate an early frost? And this year, drought conditions across the state mean additional challenges for gardeners. 

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two master gardeners about their tips for what to plant with climate change in mind, how to manage your lawn and garden during the drought and how to prepare your plants for the winter. 


  • Julie Weisenhorn is an extension educator and associate extension professor in the University of Minnesota’s department of horticultural science. 

  • Catherine Grant is a horticulturalist and greenhouse manager in the department of biology at the University of St. Thomas.

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