Chisago County Master Gardener

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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Jerry Vitalis Chisago County Master Gardener Even though the winter has started out really cold, the garden catalogs that are coming help us to shorten the winter, if only in our minds. Master Gardeners are also trying to help, by offering events before the growing season. On Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, [...]

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Jerry Vitalis Chisago County Master Gardener Many of the ideas for these articles come from questions our readers ask. After receiving a couple calls on hazardous holiday plants, I put together this information. The poinsettia, everyone’s favorite holiday plant, has gotten a bum rap for a number of years. It’s been falsely accused of being [...]

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Donna Tatting Chisago County Master Gardener The following information was recently released by Gary Wyatt, University of Minnesota Extension agroforestry educator. Drought conditions over the last two years have left trees and other perennial plants visibly stressed this fall. Tree stress symptoms include abundant seed production, leaf scorch, early fall colors, leaf drop, limb die-back [...]

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