Chisago County Master Gardener

One of the indicators that the economy is struggling is the renewed interest in indoor and outdoor furnaces.  Along with this interest come questions on using wood ashes as fertilizer.  I asked Sue Humble, our Master Gardener coordinator, to help me.  Sue sent me information from Mother Earth News, the University of Illinois and a [...]

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By Donna Tatting, Chisago County Master Gardener— Unlike most years, this fall my leaves literally dumped upon my lawn instead gently falling over the course of several days.  Luckily, I live on the edge of a swampy lowland so if the wind doesn’t do it, we can just get out the leaf blower and directly [...]

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This isn’t my favorite topic because it means that winter is on its way.  I don’t have anything against winter, well not much, anyway.  However, for gardeners who spend every spare minute in the garden, it’s hard to see the season end.  On a positive note, there are some things we can still do that [...]

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There are several reasons why fall is a good time to be adding or replacing evergreens in your landscape. One of the main reasons is that most nurseries and garden centers offer a fine selection of trees and shrubs, including evergreens, at discount prices this time of year. They prefer selling at a reduced price [...]

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I used to think that the only time to plant or transplant was in the spring.  This is true for strawberries and raspberries but not always for trees and shrubs.  Spring and fall are both good times to transplant.  Certainly, there are some plants that are best and most successfully moved in the spring.   [...]

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By Jerry Vitalis, Chisago County Master Gardener The Chisago County Master Gardeners recently offered a class on growing garlic in the home garden that was presented by Carl Rosen, Soil Scientist at the University of Minnesota.   Carl became interested in growing garlic after being asked how best to fertilize the soil for a good [...]

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