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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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Last week while working outside a dark cloud came overhead, and before I realized what was happening, it was sleeting. The next morning while walking to my car, it was snowing. Thankfully the rest of the weekend was nice. The reason for this introduction is because given the spring we are having, it’s hard to [...]

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Now that most gardens are planted and transplanted, gardeners are ready to start weeding and harvesting. So we walk through the garden each morning checking the progress. If we notice something has been eating our new transplants and the tops are eaten off, it could be deer, rabbits, birds, etc. If the stem is eaten [...]

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I became a Chisago County Master Gardener in 1994, and soon after I began writing articles in the local papers. Other Master Gardeners also write articles and Luella Greene, a former member, wrote an article on composting in 2008. Luella gave me permission to use her article as a reference for this one. I have [...]

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