Chisago County Master Gardener
by Tom Dickhudt Chisago County Master Gardener The time of year has arrived when gardeners retreat into their garden catalogs and buy more seeds than they can possibly plant. Among the new varieties that a person might consider are mushrooms. In recent years, they have become readily available to th...Read More
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by Donna Tatting Chisago County Master Gardener On Saturday, March 21, we will present our 17th Annual Garden Expo at the Senior High School in North Branch. In addition to variety of classes, this year’s keynote speaker is Professor Karen Oberhauser. Karen is with the Department of Fisheries, Wil...Read More
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by Joy Oberg Chisago County Master Gardener Starting seeds indoors is a sure cure for the restlessness that plagues gardeners during the off-season. Just follow these basics steps to prevent mistakes, such as damping off or using the wrong seed starting mix, and watch your seedlings — and your sav...Read More
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Jim Birkholz, of Pleasant Valley Orchard, recently taught a class for our Spring Series on when and how to prune apple and other fruit trees. In fact, this time of winter is the best time. But it’s also the best and safest time to prune oak trees. Pruning oak trees now has several advantages. By [...Read More
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Veteran Chisago County Master Gardener Jerry Vitalis recalls his time with the program Readers see Jerry Vitalis’ photo and read his columns in this paper and others around the area nearly every week. The man is a veritable plethora of information when it comes to gardening. The topics he research...Read More
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My favorite plants of interest are raspberries and blueberries, followed by houseplants. However, my track record with keeping houseplants is lousy. We have an old farmhouse surrounded by trees, so the adequate sunlight is limited and it’s really hard to keep the house as warm as most houseplants ...Read More
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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 ...Read More
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