Donna Tatting

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 survived previous winters unscathed, a wise horticulturist would [...]

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Chances are there’s “that guy” in your neighborhood whose lawn always looks better than everyone else’s all year round, but it’s especially noticeable in the spring. When other lawns in the neighborhood are plagued with dead spots from snow mold, or they’re flattened or dull looking from months of heavy snow sitting atop them, “that [...]

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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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by Donna Tatting Chisago County Master Gardener Most of us who garden know the value of composting. Compost bins are easy to make, and the organic material created gives our gardens much needed nutrients. But what if your vegetable garden is more in the line of good-sized pots where you grow things like tomatoes, peppers [...]

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Donna Tatting has some great ideas for adding color to your shade garden, and she will tell you all about it at the Rush City Garden Club meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. The public is welcome and encouraged to join the group at Rushseba Town Hall, located just north of Rush City on [...]

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by Donna Tatting Ask anybody with a lawn or garden and they will probably tell you that this year’s weeds are producing a bumper crop.   It’s a never-ending task made even harder by my being somewhat physically limited due to a recent surgery.  I’m thankful for the ones that just pop out easily when [...]

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