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December 5, 2017
Holiday gifts ideas for the constant gardener
It's that time of year again, Thanksgiving is over, I've got Christmas music on the stereo, and snow is in the forecast. Oh the joys of living in Minnesota in December! But all is not desolate and cold in the mind of your gardener loved ones. This is the time of year to dream and...
December 5, 2017 - 2:13pm
November 22, 2017
Successfully growing traditional plants of the season
Several traditional holiday plants make their appearance in your local retail markets this time of year. If you're looking for a gift plant...
November 22, 2017 - 4:22pm
October 18, 2017
Putting your garden to bed
Fall is a bittersweet time of beginnings and endings. Bright yellow school buses abound as children start a brand new school year. Rose bushes burst with their last colorful blossoms; tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are plentiful; and my kitchen is filled with the mixed aromas of...
October 18, 2017 - 2:46pm
Tomato tasting at the library
It's time to talk tomatoes!The Douglas County Library and the Extension Master Gardeners are hosting a free locally-grown tomato tasting event at the library at noon, Wednesday, Aug. 23. People can vote for their favorite and find tomato varieties for next year's garden.If you have...
August 18, 2017 - 3:45pm
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
August 18, 2017 - 6:15am
January 25, 2017
Horticulture scholarships announced
The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County will take applications through Friday, April 21, for two 2017 post-secondary scholarships. Each scholarship is $500 and will be awarded this spring.
January 25, 2017 - 11:00am
October 5, 2016
Five ways to protect your garden from deer
Don't let your vegetable and fall flower gardens succumb to hungry deer. Even if you're lucky enough to be deer-free now, be vigilant and prepared...
October 5, 2016 - 3:00am
July 27, 2016
Save money, water by using rain barrels
By Melinda Myers Too much or not enough water and never when you need it seems to be a common lament of gardeners. Reduce the impact of these...
July 27, 2016 - 12:00am
July 20, 2016
Gardening for the senses
By Don Kinzler Forum News Service I am so embarrassed. All our clay pots are the standard, terra cotta, reddish-tan color. The plants are doing...
July 20, 2016 - 12:00am
July 13, 2016
Horticulture Night set for July 28
Join the University of Minnesota Extension for the 46th annual Horticulture Night on Thursday, July 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) Horticulture Display Garden in Morris. Presentations and demonstrations include:...
July 13, 2016 - 12:00am
GARDENING TIPS: Manage mosquitoes while enjoying the great outdoors
Don’t let disease-carrying mosquitoes keep you indoors this summer. Instead, employ these eight tips to protect yourself and manage these pests in your yard. 1. Do a bit of yard and garden clean up. Remove weeds, manage neglected gardens and keep the lawn properly mowed to reduce...
July 13, 2016 - 12:00am
July 6, 2016
GARDENING TIPS: The truth about hot peppers
Don’t be afraid to add a little spicy heat to your meals this season by growing a few hot peppers in the garden or containers. It’s easier than you think and many of the hot pepper myths floating around the garden are simply not true.
July 6, 2016 - 12:00am
June 29, 2016
GARDENING TIPS: Plant a Patriotic Centerpiece for the Fourth of July
Add a little red, white and blue to your Fourth of July celebration with freshly planted or painted containers.
June 29, 2016 - 12:00am
June 22, 2016
How to plant a tree
The unseasonably warm spring encouraged avid home gardeners to get a jump start on their veggies, potatoes, onions, peas, lettuce, spinach and radishes. So what should you next? Plant a tree. Trees from your local garden center are usually containerized. To plant, choose an appropriate...
June 22, 2016 - 12:00am
June 15, 2016
Gardening tips: Add sparkle to your landscape
Perk up your containers and add a bit of sparkle to your landscape with bright colors, unusual materials or a unique purpose. Include an elevated garden to increase planting space and make planting, weeding and harvesting easier on the back and knees. Liven things up with a robin...
June 15, 2016 - 12:00am