Chisago County Master Gardener

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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The Chisago County Master Gardeners have answered many questions about controlling buckthorn over the years. Land that is not cultivated and left unattended is where buckthorn takes over. Once the shrub is established it is near impossible to eliminate. This winter, more than one gardener has asked me if one can eliminate buckthorn during the […]

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Minnesota’s harsh climate is often responsible for severe damage to plants in the landscape. Winter sun, wind and cold temperatures can bleach evergreens, damage bark, injure or kill branches, flower buds and roots. Browning or bleaching of evergreen foliage occurs in three ways. First, the winter sun and wind causes excessive transpiration (foliage water loss) […]

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By Molly Nemec— Summer may be over, but there is still plenty of yard work to do.  Spending a crisp, sunny day in your yard is a worthy way to get exercise and vitamin D before the dark days of winter are upon us. One chore that many people forego is watering newly-planted trees.  Trees […]

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