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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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by Donna Tatting Chisago County  Master Gardener There are over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States, though only 100 of those are grown commercially.  But homeowners love to grow a few apple trees in their yard so they can enjoy the beautiful blossoms in spring and the delicious fruit in the fall. [...]

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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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