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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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by Molly Nemec Chisago County Master Gardener   The variety of autumn colors depends on the temperature and amount of precipitation in late summer and fall.  The temperature before and during the time chlorophyll dwindles in leaves is a key factor.  Warm and sunny days, along with cool and crisp nights that aren’t too frigid, [...]

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If you have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing that interest with others, come grow with us.   Become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener in Chisago County.  Applications in Chisago County are being accepted now until Oct. 15, (in some counties the deadline is earlier). Individuals selected for the [...]

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This recent and long dry spell we’ve been in has me spending lots of time attending to the watering needs in my lawn and garden.  The most noticeable effects of the lack of rain are with the birch trees in the area, including on my own property.   All of my birch trees, which include [...]

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The Chisago County Master Gardeners just finished a very successful weekend at the Alemlund Threshing show.   We were invited to the show about ten years ago and it’s amazing how the basic questions remain the same.  However, this year was somewhat different because of some new diseases and insects that have crept into our [...]

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Last fall I wrote an article about a pest that could be the next true game changer.  Since many gardeners grow a lot of fruit, I wrote about the Spotted Wing Drosophila.  We know it’s getting closer to our area.  Tom Webb, food and ag reporter for the Pioneer Press, wrote an article about this [...]

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