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Master Gardeners offer brown bag series

Beginning Wednesday, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners will offer a free series of gardening informational sessions. These lunch-time sessions run from noon to 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch or a snack to the Douglas County Library for the sessions.

• May 17: Planting time! by Diane Henry. Transplanting tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables and flowers.

• May 31: Marvelous honeybees by Lewis Struthers. Learn how the beehive is organized, how bees communicate, how they heat themselves in winter and keep cool in summer.

• June 14: Unusual Fruits for Minnesota by Joel Kangas. How to grow cold hardy fruits available for our area.

• June 27: Deer Resistant Plants by Mary Jane Keith. Possible solutions to minimize deer damage to plants.

• July 12: Sauerkraut by Lowell Anderson. The old-fashioned way of making your own sauerkraut, a great source of probiotics.

• July 26: Low Maintenance Perennials by Pat Jepsen. Easy choices to add beauty, not work, to your garden.

• August 9: Feeding Birds in Winter by Al Glaeseman. How to attract desirable birds to winter feeders.

• August 23: Tomato Tasting by a Master Gardener panel. The public is welcome to join the tomato tasting party, bring a couple of favorites and help pick the winner.

To learn more, contact the University of Minnesota Extension at (320) 762-3890 or stop in at the office down the hall from the Douglas County Library.