jerry vitalis
Last week while working outside a dark cloud came overhead, and before I realized what was happening, it was sleeting. The next morning while walking to my car, it was snowing. Thankfully the rest of the weekend was nice. The reason for this introduction is because given the spring we are having, it...Read More
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The Chisago County Master Gardeners have answered many questions about controlling buckthorn over the years. Land that is not cultivated and left unattended is where buckthorn takes over. Once the shrub is established it is near impossible to eliminate. This winter, more than one gardener has asked ...Read More
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Minnesota’s harsh climate is often responsible for severe damage to plants in the landscape. Winter sun, wind and cold temperatures can bleach evergreens, damage bark, injure or kill branches, flower buds and roots. Browning or bleaching of evergreen foliage occurs in three ways. First, the winter...Read More
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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 mad...Read More
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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 [...]...Read More
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