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by Leslie Scharafanow Chisago County Master Gardener A couple of years ago, I purchased some heirloom bulbs from a great resource in Michigan called Old House Gardens. If you like unusual or heirloom bulbs, I would recommend that you take a look at their website, oldhousegardens.com, or call for a catalog at 734-995-1486. You can also [...]

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Adding a new houseplant or two after the holidays may help the winter pass by a bit faster. Flowering plants are nice because they add color at a time when we really need it. If you are looking for something different, try a Bromeliad — it is sort of a cross between a foliage plant [...]

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Since I am much older than most of our readers, my tradition of a Christmas tree has changed over the years. Growing up on a farm we went to the woods and cut our own tree. Sometimes it didn’t look much like a Christmas tree, but the spirit was there. We didn’t have electricity, so [...]

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by Jerry Vitalis Chisago County Master Gardener This was an unusual year for fruit growers in many ways. If you remember, we got off to a cold and rainy spring that affected some apples, plums, and pears. The cool rainy weather caused the blossoms to fall off without being pollinated. Some apple varieties had few [...]

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by Donna Tatting Chisago County  Master Gardener Fall is my favorite season.  All my yard and garden chores are done without the heat and humidity that zap my energy, and all around me are trees transitioning from green to their bold fall colors.  And along with all the trees on my property come the mountains [...]

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Leslie Scharafanow Chisago County  Master Gardener in Training If you’re like me, you are about out of energy this gardening season. All I want to do is put my gardens to bed and give my hands and back a break for a while. The last thing I’m thinking about is cleaning and sharpening my garden [...]

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