Chisago County Master Gardener

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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The Chisago County Master Gardeners continue to take orders for bare root plants; although, we are running low on some popular varieties. Every year I am asked why we don’t offer black raspberries, and every year I give the same answers. We order in large quantities to offer a good price to our customers and [...]

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by Donna Tatting The 16th Annual Chisago County Master Gardeners Bonanza was one of the most successful ever. Gardeners were so anxious to get out of the house that they probably would have attended anything, so it’s good that they came to our Bonanza. Everyone enjoyed hearing Jim Gilbert as our keynote speaker. For me, [...]

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