Chisago County Master Gardener

Jerry Vitalis Chisago County Master Gardener Some years ago, my cousin who lived in Des Moines, Iowa, sent me a before and after picture of what the city’s streets looked like when the elm beetle attacked the American elm in the 1950s. I also have a similar picture from the St. Paul Pioneer Press of […]

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Jerry Vitalis Chisago County Master Gardener Late August through early September is the time for planting new rhizomes and dividing those irises that have been in place for three to four years. If your iris did not bloom as well as they used to, it may be time divide them. This is a good time […]

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Donna Tatting Chisago County Master Gardener It’s got to be the most common question I’m asked at this time of year. One day our favorite plants look fresh, healthy and full of vigor. Then, overnight, something comes along and begins to defoliate them. The most likely culprit is the sawfly larva, one of the most efficient […]

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Jerry Vitalis Chisago County Master Gardener If you read my articles, you know the importance of good garden records. I recently received a copy of some garden records that put mine to shame. Retired Master Gardener Clayton Rivard and Taylors Falls history guru Jack Liljenberg passed this along to me, and I’d like to share […]

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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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