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Anyone who grows anything knows the growing season started late this year. Last year started out so different with the early warm spring, but a mid-spring frost killed the flower buds on lilacs and other early bloomers.  Mosquitoes are definitely here now thanks to all the wet weather we’ve been having, if not a bit [...]

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Michele Grabowski, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, has conducted several classes for the Chisago County Master Gardeners.  This is because she has such a variety of expertise and is good at all of them.  In one of Michele’s articles, she reminds us that when there are frequent rains, puffballs form on the lawns, and a [...]

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We have completed another bare root plant sale and distribution and I am surprised so many gardeners are starting or adding to a rhubarb patch.  I am surprised because established rhubarb patches can last many years if taken care of, and rhubarb is like asparagus in that you either like it or you don’t; there [...]

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As I write this article, we are receiving a fresh blanket of snow that will end up being several inches.  I have written articles on asparagus for many years, but each article is different because of a different type of spring.  Each spring when we order our bare root plants, we are always pleasantly surprised [...]

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Every spring, gardeners and homeowners survey how trees and shrubs survived the past winter.  As I drive around each spring, I notice the red/brown foliage and I assume its winter damage. According to Janna Beckman, extension plant pathologist, winter damage is not always the cause.  The real culprit can be the result of dryness in [...]

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by Donna Tatting Chisago County Master Gardener When it comes to vegetable gardening, these days I pretty much stick with the usual choices like green peppers, tomatoes, beans, carrots and some herbs.  But last year, as I visited some local farmers’ markets, I started noticing more and more varieties of kale.  Then someone told me [...]

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