Chisago County Master Gardener

Jerry Vitalis Chisago County Master Gardener I get garden questions every season, but last week I was on the asking side. I noticed that the leaves on my Connell Red apple tree were turning yellow, drying up, and falling off. It looked a lot like fire blight, but in the 30 years of my orchard [...]

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Jerry Vitalis Chisago County Master Gardener Squash vine borer can be a real problem. They tend to stay confined to vines, but a couple years ago, a gardener showed me that bugs were eating her squash and cucumber fruits. I had never heard that the borer ate the entire plant. The same night another gardener [...]

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Donna Tatting Chisago County Master Gardener Bees, the essential pollinators, need our help. Their populations are in decline in Minnesota and nationally. Creating a haven for bees in yards and gardens is one way to rally around the bees. Five simple steps can help ensure that our desire to preserve bees is matched by optimal [...]

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Jerry Vitalis, Chisago County Master Gardener Our bare-root plant sales are going well, although we are out of some types and running low on others. If you already ordered, you will be getting a card from the Extension office toward the end of April telling you when and where to pick up your plants. For those [...]

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Donna Tatting Chisago County Master Gardener Most of us who garden know the value of composting. Compost bins are easy to make, and the organic material created gives our backyard garden plots much-needed nutrients. But what if your vegetable garden is small, more in the line of good-sized pots where you grow tomatoes, peppers and [...]

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Jerry Vitalis Chisago County Master Gardener Jim Birkholz will begin our spring class series with an apple pruning class on Jan. 28. He will follow that with a class on apple insects and diseases on Feb. 11. I spoke with a former Master Gardener today who was with us at Jim’s first class, in his [...]

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