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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 inse...Read More
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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 ...Read More
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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 [...]...Read More
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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 [...]...Read More
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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 ...Read More
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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,...Read More
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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 d...Read More
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