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January 8, 2014
Plant selection helps maintain healthy bee population
Robin Trott - U of M Extension Educator You have undoubtedly heard recent stories about the precipitous decline in bee populations in recent years. Whether due to colony collapse disorder, where for still unknown reasons, worker bees simply abandon the hive; or the reckless use...
January 8, 2014 - 1:06am
October 9, 2013
Prepare for spring with autumn garden chores
Robin Trott - U of M Extension Educator These crisp autumn days find me in my garden harvesting, weeding and preparing for next year’s growing season. Some well spent time in your garden this fall will save you time next spring. The following list of fall chores will focus...
October 9, 2013 - 12:22am
August 29, 2013
Growing green: Fall lawn care
Summer is quickly coming to a close. The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler, and the first maple leaves are beginning to turn red. Soon the red-winged blackbirds will set course for their southern destinations, and the snow will begin to fly. Ahh, the joys of living in Minnesota!...
August 29, 2013 - 10:08am
August 14, 2013
Growing Green: Here's how to fight garden pests
The warm, humid days of summer are here, and with them come a variety of insects that threaten our garden. Colorado potato beetles, aphids, leaf hoppers, cucumber beetles and numerous others are very active this time of year, and many home owners choose to use insecticides to rid...
August 14, 2013 - 12:00am
August 7, 2013
How to protect yourself from West Nile virus
Tis the season for buying itch cream and bug spray. Stores are having trouble keeping these products on the shelves. The red welts on children are never ending and spending time out by a fire at night is becoming less enjoyable with the constant swatting. The heavy rainfall in May...
August 7, 2013 - 12:00am
July 31, 2013
Growing Green: Bugged by ants?
I have received many calls recently requesting information about how to get rid of ants in the home and lawn. Ants are the most frequent and persistent pests encountered around homes and buildings, and they have been a particular nuisance this year. Dealing with ants can be very...
July 31, 2013 - 12:00am
July 17, 2013
Caring for your storm-damaged trees
Enjoying the warm weather is one of the many perks of summer. These glory days bring many great opportunities to the people of Minnesota, such as spending time at the lakes, camping and gardening. Unfortunately, heat and humidity often lead the way to severe weather. Summer storms...
July 17, 2013 - 12:00am
July 10, 2013
Trouble with ash trees?
You're looking out your picture window at your towering ash tree that you have come to love. There is no breeze but yet the leaves could not be falling faster. Seeing leaves fall in the spring is always an alarming sight. With further examination, you see brown spots on the leaves. The...
July 10, 2013 - 12:00am
Tour of Gardens set for Sunday, July 14
The annual Tour of Gardens is Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Douglas County Master Gardeners and University of Minnesota...
July 10, 2013 - 12:00am
July 2, 2013
Five local gardens featured on tour
With summer in full swing, it's time to slow down and enjoy the beautiful season Alexandria has to offer. On Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Douglas County Master Gardeners present their annual Tour of Gardens. The Tour of Gardens is a great opportunity to see a diverse...
July 2, 2013 - 12:00am
June 26, 2013
Growing Green: Deer proofing your garden
This cold, damp weather has encouraged many garden wildlife pests to be active in and around our area. At our flower farm, we face an unending battle with ravenous deer. Deer love to make a feast of the new tasty plant buds just emerging from the soil or from the tips of perennial...
June 26, 2013 - 12:00am
June 19, 2013
Growing Green: What's wrong with my pine tree?
The phone in the Extension office has been ringing off the hook with pine questions. Photos and branches are accumulating and worried homeowners are standing in line to ask, "What's wrong with my pine?" If you are concerned about reddish brown needles on your pine trees, consider...
June 19, 2013 - 12:00am
June 12, 2013
Growing Green: Perennial Plant of Year is Solomon's seal
The Perennial Plant of the Year program began in 1990 to showcase a perennial that is outstanding among its competitors. The selection process is quite simple.
June 12, 2013 - 12:00am
June 5, 2013
Growing Green: Summer lawn care tip is to mow high
With this odd start to the summer season, many seem confused about this season's lawn care. What is an appropriate mower height? How often and how much should I water? When is the best time to fertilize, dethatch and renovate existing lawns? For the answers to these questions, you...
June 5, 2013 - 12:00am
May 29, 2013
Growing Green: Heirlooms for your cutting garden
This late spring has really delayed our work on the flower farm. Flats of flowers are stacking up, crying to be planted in a warm, cozy spot, while many seeds have yet to leave their packets. This year we are trying some new/old flowers, (heirlooms) and I am very excited to watch...
May 29, 2013 - 12:00am