jerry vitalis

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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We have completed another bare root plant sale and distribution and I am surprised so many gardeners are starting or adding to a rhubarb patch.  I am surprised because established rhubarb patches can last many years if taken care of, and rhubarb is like asparagus in that you either like it or you don’t; there [...]

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There were a lot of gardeners who had concerns about odd things that had happened to their gardens last year.  A hot spring that started in March, followed by hot, wet, dry, etc. probably had a lot to do with it. At one of our Master Gardener meetings last fall, Donna Tatting, who writes many [...]

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