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Harvesting vegetables at the right stage of maturity results in high quality and nutritious products. If properly harvested and stored, some vegetables will keep most of their original flavor and food value for months. It’s important that vegetables are ripe before they are picked and allowed to dry before being stored. Potatoes can be harvested [...]

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Many, if not all, of the Chisago County Master Gardeners have taken classes from Dr. Gary Johnson. He is a University of Minnesota Extension Professor with the Urban and Community Forestry Department of Forest Resources. I realize he has a long title, but Dr. Johnson knows as much about trees as anyone in the country. [...]

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Some years ago, my cousin, who lived in Des Moines, sent me a before-and-after picture of what their streets looked like when the elm beetle attacked the American Elm in the 1950s. I also have a similar picture from the St. Paul Pioneer Press of what the streets of St. Paul looked like after the [...]

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The Chisago County Master Gardeners were recently at the Almelund Threshing Show. The Threshing Show grows larger every year as do the number of gardeners who visit us at our pioneer building. We record each question asked, and not only does the number of questions grow each year, but the questions have become more specific [...]

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Late August through early September is the time for planting new rhizomes and dividing those irises that have been in place for three to four years. If your irises did not bloom as well as they used to, the problem could be improper soil, not enough sunlight, or poor soil drainage.  This may be the [...]

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by Molly Nemec    Chisago County Master Gardener Annuals (a.k.a. bedding plants) are tremendously popular for many reasons. They’re inexpensive, versatile, easily grown and flower for most of the gardening season if cared for properly. They come in a vivid range of colors. Some are bright and brash and others are soft and subtle. There is [...]

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