Chisago County Master Gardener
by Donna Tatting Chisago County Master Gardener By now you’ve probably read or heard about how important native milkweed is to the Monarch butterfly. As well, you may have seen various advertisements for milkweed seeds from a variety of different sources including those well-meaning environmental ...Read More
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by Jerry Vitalis and Donna Tatting Chisago County Master Gardeners Cole crops are those in the Bassica family such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. It’s too early and the ground is still too cold to plant these “cold season crops” outdoors, but the seeds can be started i...Read More
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As an extension Master Gardener and a longtime garden center employee, I find it very helpful to investigate what’s going to be trending in the New Year before the gardening season actually begins. From the research I’ve done so far on the Internet, it looks like the most popular trends are actu...Read More
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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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