jerry vitalis

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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By Jerry Vitalis, Chisago County Master Gardener Now that the plant distribution has been completed,  gardeners are finishing up planting the plants they ordered.  Once again blueberries are our most popular item.  A side benefit to blueberries is because they come potted, they don’t need to be planted immediately.  In fact, some are still getting […]

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By Jerry Vitalis, Chisago County Master Gardener I think it was Will Rogers who said, “Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” People have been talking about the weather all winter and it continues into the spring.  Even the Farmer’s Almanac was off on its predictions as we had much less […]

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