jerry vitalis

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 dry before being stored. Potatoes can be harvested [...]

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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 anyone in the country. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 tomato crop. Almost 20 [...]

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Late August through early September is the time for planting new rhizomes and dividing those irises that have been in place for three to four years. If your irises did not bloom as well as they used to, the problem could be improper soil, not enough sunlight, or poor soil drainage.  This may be the [...]

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I have written several articles on the squash vine borer, and they can be a real problem, but they tend to stay confined to vines. A couple of years ago someone called the office and complained that bugs were eating her squash and cucumbers, leaves and all. I was puzzled, as I had never heard [...]

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