Chisago County Master Gardener

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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The Master Gardeners just finished another successful weekend at the Almelund Threshing Show.  Earlier I predicted that many of our questions would be on tomato problems, getting rid of Creeping Charlie, and there were two new concerns that kept coming up. Bloom drop of tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, and cucumbers were one of most frequently […]

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By Jerry Vitalis, Chisago County Master Gardener One of our favorite events is the Almelund Threshing show that will be held Aug. 10-12. Every year we average more than 400 garden questions, most of which we can answer, but some must be researched.  Last year it was Japanese Beetles, the year before it was Emerald […]

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Now that most gardens are planted and transplanted, gardeners are ready to start weeding and harvesting.  So we walk through the garden each morning checking the progress.  If we notice something has been eating our new transplants and the tops are eaten off, it could be deer, rabbits, birds, etc. If the stem is eaten […]

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Photos by Derrick Knutson Chisago County Master Gardener Tammi Anderson directed some residents toward an ample amount of onions, blueberry bushes and other green goods during a plant pickup May 4 sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Master Gardener program.  Around 300 residents funneled into Uptown Maple Commons in North Branch from […]

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