Chisago County Master Gardener
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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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 t...Read More
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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 li...Read More
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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 [...]...Read More
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