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Once again when I was searching for a topic to write about, one was growing right under my nose in Connie’s perennial garden.  We had what we thought was a stray perennial flower.  I began to be concerned when it grew so fast and tall.  When it reached five feet and still growing, I began [...]

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Even though many plants got off to a slow start this spring due to the rain and cool weather, the weeds are on time.  The weeds I write about don’t need a picture next to them because the descriptions will be enough. Quackgrass is among the first weeds that appear in the spring and although [...]

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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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