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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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By the time this article is published, Jim Birkholz will have opened our spring series of classes with his class on pruning apple trees. His next class, “Apple Pests and Diseases,” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Since I have been contacted by some fruit growers about other problems, I have as...Read More
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Harvesting vegetables at the right stage of maturity results in high quality and nutritious products. If properly harvested and stored, some vegetables will keep most of their original flavor and food value for months. It’s important that vegetables are ripe before they are picked and allowed to d...Read More
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Many, if not all, of the Chisago County Master Gardeners have taken classes from Dr. Gary Johnson. He is a University of Minnesota Extension Professor with the Urban and Community Forestry Department of Forest Resources. I realize he has a long title, but Dr. Johnson knows as much about trees as any...Read More
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Some years ago, my cousin, who lived in Des Moines, sent me a before-and-after picture of what their streets looked like when the elm beetle attacked the American Elm in the 1950s. I also have a similar picture from the St. Paul Pioneer Press of what the streets of St. Paul looked like after the [.....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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