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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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As I write this article, we are receiving a fresh blanket of snow that will end up being several inches.  I have written articles on asparagus for many years, but each article is different because of a different type of spring.  Each spring when we order our bare root plants, we are always pleasantly surprised [...]

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I have written several articles on pruning fruit trees and each time I suggest pruning them between February and the end of March, depending on the weather.  This is one spring where pruning fruit trees may not end until the end of April.  I have tried to prune apple trees several times, only to go [...]

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No matter what kind of winter we have, gardeners are always anxious to have spring come. The list of questions gardening enthusiasts have seemingly has no end. I always get lots of questions about potatoes. Already this year, I have been asked about the soil fertility for potatoes. Many gardeners, including me, think rotating the [...]

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Gone are the days when I needed to go to the basement every week to go through the many pails of canna bulbs, the 100 potted calla lilies, hundreds of gladiola bulbs, etc.  Now I only have about ten pots of amaryllis and when I went to the basement in late January, I noticed that [...]

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In my last article I wrote about our first Spring Series class about pruning fruit trees.  It will be held Feb. 12, 6 p.m. at the Senior Center in North Branch.  Jim Birkholz, owner of Pleasant Valley Orchard, will share his knowledge.  The price for all of our classes in $5 per person, which is [...]

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