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Beltrami County Master Gardeners
September 7, 2016
MASTER GARDENERS: Fall color for your garden
Around the first of September the garden, and sometimes the gardener, start to look and feel a little raggedy. The annuals begin to peter out and we have to rely more on perennials to provide interest and color in the garden. By planning ahead our gardens can shine until they succumb...
September 7, 2016 - 4:00am
August 30, 2016
MASTER GARDENERS: What is your lawn plethora at summer's end?
Plethora means large or excessive amount of (something). In my lawn there is a glut (plethora) of weeds. Depending on the weather, September is the (usual) best time to attack broadleaf perennial lawn weeds with herbicide. Even tough weeds such as creeping Charlie are more vulnerable...
August 30, 2016 - 5:39pm
August 10, 2016
MASTER GARDENERS: Gardening for the mind, body and soul
Gardening is therapeutic on so many levels. Just being outdoors in nature feels good, and the acts of digging, planting and weeding can relieve stress by taking your mind off your daily ups and downs. Caring for the garden is also good for your physical health by stimulating muscles,...
August 10, 2016 - 5:30pm
August 2, 2016
MASTER GARDENERS: Sterility or Vitality? A question of sustainability
Sterility is not an attribute many of us aspire to possess, but when we seek out a landscape plan for our homes, are we following ways to achieve a vital landscape? We look for “low or no maintenance.” We want grass we don’t have to mow often, grass without weeds; shrubs that...
August 2, 2016 - 7:00pm
July 26, 2016
MASTER GARDENERS: Summer insects are here
It’s high summer in northern Minnesota -- you can tell by all the insects buzzing around the garden! The white cabbage butterflies are rather lovely floating around the cabbage and broccoli until you come upon one of the green larvae in that next bite of broccoli. Many destructive...
July 26, 2016 - 12:57pm
July 19, 2016
MASTER GARDENERS: Hit a tomato home run
The tomato season is almost as long as that of Major League Baseball; what they have in common is that a winning season depends on the health of the players. With the wet weather and the very hot weather upcoming, conditions are ripe for tomato disease problems, those related to the...
July 19, 2016 - 7:28pm
July 5, 2016
MASTER GARDENERS: Tips for caring for those hanging baskets
Most of us enjoy at least a few hanging baskets of annuals in our yards. Didn't those baskets look great when you purchased them in May. The trick is to keep them looking good into early fall whether you purchased a readymade one or did your own creative basket. This is assuming that...
July 5, 2016 - 10:41pm
June 7, 2016
BELTRAMI COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS: Gardening without those pesky weeds
It’s bad enough to share your garden vegetables with deer, discouraging when a late frost gets your tomatoes and revolting when the potato bugs show up, but what really irritates gardeners is how well the weeds grow. I have gathered together advice from far and wide on ways to reduce...
June 7, 2016 - 8:49pm
May 24, 2016
MASTER GARDENERS: 'Hardening off' isn't hard at all
Hardening off may sound like some sort of difficult task, but relax, it's not very hard. Hardening off is the process of acclimating nursery seedlings to the outdoors. Because young plants are grown in greenhouses or under lights in our homes or on a sunny windowsill they have been...
May 24, 2016 - 8:02pm
May 18, 2016
MASTER GARDENER COLUMN: The top 10 beneficial insects for the garden
As we consider our flower and vegetable gardens this spring, let’s also consider the good insects that may inhabit our gardens and provide safe, natural biological solutions to pest control. Beneficial insects instinctively search out pests to eat in our gardens providing us with...
May 18, 2016 - 8:50am
May 10, 2016
MASTER GARDENER COLUMN: Outsmarting those landscape weeds
Now that the grass is greening and the trees are leafing out, thoughts turn to maybe having that beautiful lawn this year. Drat! Foiled again! Those darn weeds are getting ahead this year, too! Forget all the miracles in a bag; this year resolve to outsmart those pesky weeds. The...
May 10, 2016 - 5:12pm
May 3, 2016
MASTER GARDENER COLUMN: Some friendly foreign fruits for the garden
There are a number of fruits that have much of their known consumption history starting in Europe, Asia and Africa that do well in northern Minnesota. A few of them have been crossbred with North American versions and can be grown in northern Minnesota. Honeyberry: This is a berry...
May 3, 2016 - 8:07pm
April 26, 2016
MASTER GARDENER COLUMN: Yes, you can grow fruit in the garden
Thinking of starting to grow fruit in your yard or garden? We cannot easily grow many of the fruits that are commonly found in a grocery store, but there are quite a few native options to consider. So what are these native plants? Raspberries -- although there is a European version,...
April 26, 2016 - 8:19pm
April 12, 2016
MASTER GARDENER COLUMN: Exciting new annuals for 2016 gardens
There are some great new annuals for flower gardeners to look for this spring. While there’s nothing new about begonias, coleus, vincas or salvia, the 2016 varieties bring improvements in color, vigor and size. Salvia “Black and Blue” was replaced by Salvia “Black and Bloom.”...
April 12, 2016 - 7:52pm
March 29, 2016
MASTER GARDENER COLUMN: Research works for all of us across Minnesota
The increasingly popular and environmentally wise desire for locally grown, fresh food would resonate with the first plant breeders at the University of Minnesota. The drive for better plants in a challenging climate started soon after the Agriculture Experiment Station was created...
March 29, 2016 - 6:48pm