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Laura Betker


Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by Laura:

Grow with KARE: How to care for your holiday cactus

You can tell if you have a Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter cactus by the shape of the leaves. → Read More

Grow with KARE: Celebrating the Arb's grass collection

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum started the grass collection 35 years ago, and today it's thriving. → Read More

Grow with KARE: Are you overwatering?

In the summer heat, we gardeners are usually pretty good about watering our flowers. But could you be watering too much? Maybe. Here are some things to consider. → Read More

Grow with KARE: Meet Tertill

A robot that weeds your garden sounds futuristic and too good to be true. Bobby and Laura give it a try. → Read More

Grow with KARE: Blossom end rot causes and cures

Bobby and Laura explain blossom end rot: What it is and what to do about it. → Read More

Grow with KARE: Saving peonies

You can have peonies in your vase at home well into July, or even August, with this trick. → Read More

Gardening in a cool, wet spring

In a cool, wet spring, there are some big dos and don’ts for your patch of earth. → Read More

Grow with KARE: Edible flowers to grow in your garden

We have some edible flower suggestions for use in salads, soups, cocktails, and more. → Read More

WeatherMinds: Winter watches, advisories and warnings

Meteorologist Laura Betker breaks down the differences between the winter weather alerts we are sure to see in the coming months. → Read More

Grow with KARE: Itasca, Minnesota's new grape

For eating and especially for wine-making, Itasca is a game changer for Minnesota! → Read More

WeatherMinds: Why are my lilacs blooming in fall?

Two viewers sent us pictures of their lilacs blooming now in September asking why is that? → Read More

Grow with KARE: The benefits of wasps

We're all about saving the bees lately, but what about wasps? They're good too! → Read More

Grow with KARE: Favorite fall bloomers

Bobby and Laura pick their favorite perennials for fall blooms → Read More

Grow with KARE: Keep your summer containers thriving

It's midway through the season and time for a thorough check up on your container gardens. → Read More

Be a citizen scientist with the iNaturalist app

Take a picture with the iNaturalist app and help scientist with research in Minnesota and around the world. → Read More

Grow with Kare: Tapping more than maple trees

Maples make the most famous syrup, but other trees can give your sap for a tasty treat too! → Read More

Grow with KARE: Orchid tips from a specialist known worldwide

Jason Fischer of Orchids Limited in Plymouth is recognized worldwide all because of one specific species. Plus he knows a thing or two about taking care of orchids. → Read More

Grow with KARE: All about grasses

Often taking a back seat to more showy flowers, grasses have a lot to offer a landscape or garden. → Read More

Grow with KARE: Centerpiece tips from a pro

Take a couple store-bought bouquets and turn them into a tabletop masterpiece for Thanksgiving. → Read More

Grow with KARE: Are geraniums the secret to fighting Japanese beetles?

The unique relationship between a popular flower and a very unpopular bug. → Read More