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Garden design fundamentals


Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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Monday, April 16, 2001

The vast glacier of snow and ice has finally retreated and spring is really coming. It's time to start planning and thinking about this year's garden. It may be too early to get out and start turning over the soil, but it's the perfect time to be checking for signs that our perennial plants have made it through the long winter. In the vegetable garden we may find herbs like thyme, oregano and lavender. Sorrel is a wonderful, yet often over looked green that pops up early and winters well in our area. It has a fresh lemony taste and adds a real wake up to salads when used sparingly. It is also a main ingredient to sorrel soup. Watch for rhubarb and asparagus.

Before we can do too much digging and planting it's a great time to really look at our flowerbeds and borders. What plants really did well last year? What areas of your landscape need a boost? Here are some essentials of good garden design to help you get started.

Size & Scale

This concept refers to not only the size and scale of plants in relation to each other but in relation to your overall landscape. For instance, if you plant a tiny border plant, say a ground cover like dianthis, sedum or creeping phlox next to a giant well established shrub, that smaller plant will seem even smaller. To have nice balance and really show off that smaller plant you need to add a mid size transition plant. You may need to change the size of a bed in order to add enough room for these midsize plants.

Another common problem is planting a lot of low growing plants along the foundation of a building. It only looks good when you are about three feet away. Adding larger plants (3-5+ ft) tall along the back of the border and then in the middle another plant or group of plants in the one to three foot range; the smallest plants can become a nice edge that sets off the whole border.

Now step back and take a look at your whole landscape from a distance. How does your garden fit in with the rest of the yard? A tiny little island of flowers in a great sea of lawn may be too overwhelmed to be noticed and appreciated. Or maybe your plants have gotten so overgrown that they are straining at the edges. It may be time to divide and conquer.

Most perennials do best when divided every three years. There are of course exceptions. Mums and tall sedum, like 'Autumn Joy' can be safely divided every year. Peonies can grow for 100 years without being divided. T .....
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Zimmer and Root vie for vacant commissioner seat on April 17

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, April 9, 2001

On Tuesday, April 17, voters in District Three (Fillmore, Bloomfield, Forestville, Beaver and York Townships and Ward I Spring Valley) will elect a new county commissioner to fill the vacancy created wit ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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City attorney to look at art center sites; council meets with cable companyBy John TorgrimsonMonday, April 9, 2001

If Lanesboro City Council member Kevin Drake has anything to say about it, the Regional Art Commission will need to do some expl ..... 
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Guaranteed service or your garbage back

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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By Mike McGrathMonday, April 16, 2001

The Fillmore County Board finally brought closure to their on-going solid waste study last week when they unanimously approved a contract with Waste Management Inc., (WMI).

The new contract require ..... 
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A Texas cowboy school

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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By Mary T. BellMonday, April 16, 2001

In February, over 1,000 people gathered to participate in a benefit for Tom Dorrance in Fort Worth, Texas. Dorrance is a horseman who has gained respect and admiration for helping to po ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Apr 13th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

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