Growing Strawberries and Raspberries

By Jerry Vitalis, Chisago County Master Gardener

The next class being offered by the Chisago County Master Gardeners is on growing strawberries and raspberries.  Master Gardener Dianne Patras will discuss the basics of planting,  growing, sustaining and harvesting a good crop of these two fruits.  

Also included will be information on soils, sites, fertilizing, and pests.  This class is taking place on Tuesday, March 27, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Maple Commons Senior Dining Center located at the corner of 6th & Maple Street in North Branch. The cost is $5 per person.  To register, please call our Extension Office at 651-277-0151.  

We are once again offering a terrific bare root plant sale which includes both strawberries and raspberries.  Other plants available are Grapes, Blueberries, Rhubarb, Asparagus, and Onion sets.   

For more information and to order, contact us at 651-277-0151.  Some varieties are getting close to being sold out so please act soon .  Pick up is scheduled for May 4 & 5 with grapes being distributed at a later date. You will be contacted to confirm these pickup dates on all orders.

On March 10, the Chisago County Master Gardeners held their 14th annual Spring Bonanza at Chisago Lakes Lutheran Church in Center City.   175 were in attendance on what was simply a gorgeous early spring day.  Our vendors included those selling orchids, perennials, honey, house plants, and much more.  

We would like to extend our thanks to everyone involve but especially  the staff at Chisago Lakes Lutheran Church for the wonderful breakfast and lunch that was served and for helping with setup and cleanup.  This was our 3rd year at this venue we were truly fortunate for all their help.

 It’s anyone’s guess if this warm weather will continue until summer officially arrives but given that this is Minnesota, I wouldn’t be surprised to see colder temperatures and snow make a return visit.  

However, the sight of pussy willows and green grass does wonders to shake off the winter blues and it sure gets people excited about gardening.  If you covered your perennials and strawberries for winter protection and you feel compelled to remove that covering, please keep it handy just in case we get a late frost. 

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