master gardener

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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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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