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Old 05-20-2019, 03:55 PM
 
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Hello. I am researching a retirement in Duluth, MN. I am learning about the seasons and that it does snow in May. What plants, flowers and if possible, vegetables, can be grown up there? Wondering if a greenhouse built onto the house would help. Thank you.
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:21 PM
 
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Hello. I am researching a retirement in Duluth, MN. I am learning about the seasons and that it does snow in May. What plants, flowers and if possible, vegetables, can be grown up there? Wondering if a greenhouse built onto the house would help. Thank you.
Yes you can grow most anything that is in this particular zone. Keep in mind however, even after planting some vegetables, for example, there may still come an occasional frost so you would have to cover things up perhaps.

There are a lot of houses that have glass and plastic enclosed garden spots in their yard. There are many many green houses to choose from, as well as many many community gardens in many different neighborhoods.

We have and do grow carrots, tomatoes, onions, lots of different chives and peppers, just to name a few that we have done over the years.

There are also farmers market that operate, as well as many different berry farms. For really specific questions contact one of the local green houses. There you can get almost any type of vegie, or tree, and many many other garden needs, as well as soil and so on...
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:36 AM
 
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demtion35, thank you for this information. I'm sure hardy hibiscus will not grow up there but what about clematis, iris and knock out roses?
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Old 06-19-2019, 02:52 PM
 
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Zone 4a -30°F to -25°F, Zone 4b -25°F

Clematis grows, but best put a good layer of mulch on.

Iris is good to go down to Zone 3.

Roses grow. Duluth has a wonderful rose garden. However, you have to "tip" them in the fall and cover them with thick layer of mulch to make it through the winter.

Raspberries, rhubarb, all sorts of veggies. Tomatoes are tricky. Best to grow cherry tomatoes he in raised pots, such as grow pots, and cover them.

A greenhouse attached to a house would be grand. So many of the older homes have conservatory rooms. So lovely to sit out there, wrapped in an afghan and read on a snowy day.

If you want to try Duluth out, UMD rents apartments to seniors in the summer.

I'm curious, why Duluth for retirement?

Snow, icy sidewalks, tricky driving half the year..
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:47 AM
 
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Thank you for all the gardening information. We do not like the heat and humidity...well, mostly the humidity. I am fascinated with the aerial bridge and Lake Superior. We really want to live near a large body of water but not the ocean. No, I would LOVE to live near the ocean, but hurricanes, the horrible expensive, earthquakes...you know...those kinds of things are just all bummers. The flowers are in bloom now and I think we are going to mark Duluth off the list. I want a longer bloom time and I'm sure the dogs would like more outside time too! Thank you for all the info though. It will definitely be on the bucket list for a vacation tho! Thanks again!
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