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The poinsettia is still the most popular holiday plant, and I have written several articles about this holiday favorite. Now that our children have families of their own, they give Connie and I gift certificates, which we appreciate. There was a time when we were always given poinsettias, and we made the same mistake so [...]

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Since I am much older than most of our readers, my tradition of a Christmas tree has changed over the years. Growing up on a farm we went to the woods and cut our own tree. Sometimes it didn’t look much like a Christmas tree, but the spirit was there. We didn’t have electricity, so [...]

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At the Almelund Threshing Show last week we answered over hundreds of questions. It got so that every time there was a question about the Japanese beetles, we were able to predict that the gardener was from the Twin Cities or the suburbs. Every one of them told how the Japanese beetle was eating everything [...]

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Last fall I wrote an article about a pest that could be the next true game changer.  Since many gardeners grow a lot of fruit, I wrote about the Spotted Wing Drosophila.  We know it’s getting closer to our area.  Tom Webb, food and ag reporter for the Pioneer Press, wrote an article about this [...]

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Once again when I was searching for a topic to write about, one was growing right under my nose in Connie’s perennial garden.  We had what we thought was a stray perennial flower.  I began to be concerned when it grew so fast and tall.  When it reached five feet and still growing, I began [...]

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Even though many plants got off to a slow start this spring due to the rain and cool weather, the weeds are on time.  The weeds I write about don’t need a picture next to them because the descriptions will be enough. Quackgrass is among the first weeds that appear in the spring and although [...]

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