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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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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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