Chisago County Master Gardener

by Donna Tatting Chisago County Master Gardener Wrapping trees for winter protection is not an attempt to keep them ‘warm’ but has the objective to prevent or minimize three sources of winter damage: from desiccating winds, sunscald, and gnawing rodents. Even if the trees in the landscape have survived previous winters unscathed, a wise horticulturist would […]

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Every summer the Chisago County Master Gardeners get questions from anxious gardeners about tomatoes.  Many times the answer is that it’s too late for anything to be done to solve the problem, especially in late summer or fall. So, it might be helpful to file this article away for next year’s tomato crop. Almost 20 […]

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by Donna Tatting Chisago County Master Gardener “What’s eating my plants?” has got to be the most common question I’m asked at this time of year. One day our favorite plants look fresh, healthy and full of vigor, and then overnight something has come along and begun to defoliate it. Most likely the culprit is a […]

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I have written several articles on the squash vine borer, and they can be a real problem, but they tend to stay confined to vines. A couple of years ago someone called the office and complained that bugs were eating her squash and cucumbers, leaves and all. I was puzzled, as I had never heard […]

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by the Chisago County Master Gardener Program Bees, the essential pollinators, need our help. Their populations are in decline in Minnesota and nationally. Creating a haven for bees in yards and gardens is one way to rally round the bees. Five simple steps can help ensure our desire to preserve bees is matched by optimum effectiveness. […]

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I wrote earlier that Jeff Hahn, U of M assistant extension entomologist, said that due to the unusual spring the insects have come early and in force. I didn’t need Jeff to remind me of this when I was out picking asparagus. I have never seen so many asparagus beetles eating the ferns so early. […]

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