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Empty Chair Gala to benefit REACH program
50 gigs in 50 states
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DNR release: Stands not allowed overnight on WMAs
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2016 University of Minnesota Top 10 performing annuals
Weak farm economy adds twists to rental negotiations
Producers encouraged to consider FSA options
Applications available for Conservation Stewardship Program
Tips for container-grown succulents
Making a new home
Alex Carpet One supports Building for America's Bravest
Knute Nelson Hospice delivers veteran-centric care
ATCC, area businesses host annual tour days
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On The Street
September 22, 2010
Autumn garden chores - harvesting, weeding
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 garden chores will focus your efforts this season and give you some...
September 22, 2010 - 12:00am
September 10, 2010
The buzz on this nest
A reader sent in photos of a pair of nests that were built this year in birch trees near her home on Lake Brophy. The Echo Press did some further...
September 10, 2010 - 12:00am
September 8, 2010
Fall gardening workshop opportunities
I hope you have been surviving our recent very rainy weather without much damage. My office has seen better days. I came in this morning, not to find a plethora of specimens awaiting identification, but to find a flood all over my desk, computer and papers, stretching from my inner...
September 8, 2010 - 12:00am
September 1, 2010
'Fairy rings' appear on lawns
I love coming to work on Fridays. I just never know what might be waiting for me on my desk. This morning I had an assortment of oak galls, a very active brown spider (you'll be happy to know it wasn't a brown recluse) and many questions about mushrooms in lawns and, in particular,...
September 1, 2010 - 12:00am
August 18, 2010
Healthy tomatoes in your garden
After a slow start and curly leaves, my tomatoes have finally hit their stride! Tall and bushy, and loaded with green fruit, I can't wait to see that red blush and bite into my first Early Girl of the season. My evening garden walk includes close inspection for any early signs of...
August 18, 2010 - 12:00am
August 4, 2010
What's wrong with my plant?
This summer's weather has been so strange: hot and dry, cool and wet, and every combination in between. Vegetable gardens have been enjoying the moisture and warm weather, but so have many leaf spot pathogens. If you are seeing unusual leaves in your vegetable bed, here's a quick...
August 4, 2010 - 12:00am
July 28, 2010
Garden bus trip with master gardeners
On Thursday, August 5, the Douglas County Master Gardeners will once again sponsor a Garden Bus Tour. Come join us for an exciting day visiting several garden sites across the Twin Cities area. The bus loads at 7 a.m. at the Kmart parking lot in Alexandria and departs at 7:15 a.m....
July 28, 2010 - 12:00am
July 21, 2010
Horticulture Night at WCROC
Get ready to ROC! July 29 is the annual Horticulture Night at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. These gardens were established in 1920 on the current Morris campus and were moved to their current location in 1973. Today, the gardens have grown to include plantings...
July 21, 2010 - 12:00am
July 14, 2010
Prepare for invasion of summer pests
The warm, humid days of summer have finally arrived, and with them come a variety of insects that threaten our gardens. 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...
July 14, 2010 - 12:00am
July 7, 2010
Annual Tour of Gardens July 11
The weather has warmed, your gardens are planted, weeded and growing; and you're ready to kick back and see what's cookin' in someone else's garden bed. What better way to spend a summer day than touring local gardens. On Sunday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Douglas County...
July 7, 2010 - 12:00am
June 16, 2010
The best tway to water a tree
Planting has been very challenging this season. The excessive warmth of Memorial Day weekend, the relatively low humidity, and the windy weather has damaged many young transplants. A spot of well placed water (or sustained sprinkler action) has retrieved many plants from the brink...
June 16, 2010 - 12:00am
June 9, 2010
Summer lawn care tips
I have had many questions this week about proper lawn care for the summer months. What is an appropriate mower height? How often and how much should I water? When is the best time to fertilize, de-thatch and renovate existing lawns? For the answers to these questions, you first need...
June 9, 2010 - 12:00am
June 2, 2010
Don't worry about ash trees; fungus will go away
First things first: Don't worry about your ash trees! I have been inundated with calls this week about ash trees losing their leaves. I want to reassure each of you that ash anthracnose, a fungal infection of ash trees, is widespread this year. This fungus affects the leaves on the...
June 2, 2010 - 12:00am
May 26, 2010
Hummingbirds in the garden
Every year we look forward to the return of hummingbirds to our garden. These tiny birds add fun and whimsy to a summer day: their tiny chirps and aerial antics are well missed in the off season and eagerly welcomed when the weather warms. Master gardeners from the Twin Cities area...
May 26, 2010 - 12:00am
May 5, 2010
Designing gardens around trees
I have had many questions this week regarding planting gardens around trees. The deep shade under many trees prohibits grass from growing, leaving unsightly bare patches and exposed roots. Many of you prefer something other than this "eyesore," and hope to plant shade plants where...
May 5, 2010 - 12:00am