jerry vitalis

One of the indicators that the economy is struggling is the renewed interest in indoor and outdoor furnaces.  Along with this interest come questions on using wood ashes as fertilizer.  I asked Sue Humble, our Master Gardener coordinator, to help me.  Sue sent me information from Mother Earth News, the University of Illinois and a [...]

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There are several reasons why fall is a good time to be adding or replacing evergreens in your landscape. One of the main reasons is that most nurseries and garden centers offer a fine selection of trees and shrubs, including evergreens, at discount prices this time of year. They prefer selling at a reduced price [...]

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I used to think that the only time to plant or transplant was in the spring.  This is true for strawberries and raspberries but not always for trees and shrubs.  Spring and fall are both good times to transplant.  Certainly, there are some plants that are best and most successfully moved in the spring.   [...]

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By Jerry Vitalis, Chisago County Master Gardener The Chisago County Master Gardeners recently offered a class on growing garlic in the home garden that was presented by Carl Rosen, Soil Scientist at the University of Minnesota.   Carl became interested in growing garlic after being asked how best to fertilize the soil for a good [...]

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The Master Gardeners just finished another successful weekend at the Almelund Threshing Show.  Earlier I predicted that many of our questions would be on tomato problems, getting rid of Creeping Charlie, and there were two new concerns that kept coming up. Bloom drop of tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, and cucumbers were one of most frequently [...]

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By Jerry Vitalis, Chisago County Master Gardener One of our favorite events is the Almelund Threshing show that will be held Aug. 10-12. Every year we average more than 400 garden questions, most of which we can answer, but some must be researched.  Last year it was Japanese Beetles, the year before it was Emerald [...]

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