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Master Gardener


Sun, Jun 25th, 2000
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Stop Squash Vine Borers before They Start

This pest causes rapid wilting of pumpkins, summer and winter squash. When watering does not revive wilted plants, suspect squash vine borer. The adult borers emerge from the soil in late June or early July. Watch for a small (1/2") moth with an orange and black striped abdomen and metallic green and clear wings. They look like wasps when they fly. They lay their eggs at the base of the vine and upon hatching larvae will bore into stems to feed for four to six weeks. This is when you will see rapid wilting of the vines as water is cut off to the plant. You can also spot their entrance holes at the base of the plant; there may also be a moist greenish or orange sawdust-like material. Over time the base of the plant may become mushy or rot away. Squash vine borers are difficult to prevent but one way to detect the adult wasps is by setting out yellow colored dishes of water in the garden. The adults will think they are squash blossoms and fly into them and drown. Once you have seen them, use floating row covers for about two weeks to prevent them from laying eggs on your plants. Always remove row covers when flowering begins or you will delay pollination and fruiting. If you discover plants already infested with borers, you can carefully slice into the vine until you find them and kill them with the tip of a knife or wire. Cover the sliced stem with soil and keep moist. If it re-roots, the plants may survive. In the larvae stage they look like grub worms, white or cream colored with brown heads. If left to feed on your plants, larvae will feed, and then move to the soil where they spin cocoons and over-winter underground to re-emerge for another year of feasting in your garden. Be sure to remove all vines from the garden and turn over the soil in the fall, giving birds a tasty treat.

Watch Out for Wild Parsnip

Wild Parsnip, Pastinacea sativa, is a member of the carrot family. Itís fernlike foliage and small yellow umbrella type flowers can be seen gracing almost every sunny roadside in Fillmore County. Innocent looking, contact with this plant can leave one with a painful rash that can sometimes take a year to heal. Contact with this plant is especially dangerous on sunny days and if skin is moist or sweaty. The rash can be a raised blistering, painful, itching, oozing thing that makes poison ivy look like a walk in the park. (Oh, did I mention the scarring .....
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Survival

Sun, Jun 25th, 2000
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Monday, June 12, 2000

May 31, 2000: Beaver Creek, crystal clear and studded with watercress, looked like a long winding jewel as Dana Gardner and I walked its shores in search of birds. An Acadian Flycatcher, the first ever for Dana, performed ..... 
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Root River Blues Revisited: In the Wake of the Flood

Sun, Jun 25th, 2000
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Monday, June 26, 2000

6:00 a.m. Thursday June 1, 2000: The South Branch of the Root River, small, clear and perhaps somewhat low for this time of year, placidly meanders and winds its way through Lanesboro towards a merger with the mighty Miss ..... 
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Dreaming of sushi

Sun, Jun 25th, 2000
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In a perfect world, I would be a travel writer. My passport would be scuffed, worn and filled with stamps and illegible signatures. I would have a carry-on suitcase, just the right size for a planeís overhead compartment. It would always be packed an ..... 
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Hypnosis

Sun, Jun 25th, 2000
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Monday, June 19, 2000

The vice-president of the United States was on television last week. That is not unusual, but the strange thing is that I was listening to what he had to say. He was looking rather sheepish and telling of his younger days ..... 
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Fear of flying

Sun, Jun 25th, 2000
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Monday, June 19, 2000

I met Don in the Philippines. He was an old Asia hand who had covered the Vietnam War for the San Francisco Chronicle and later edited a Sunday magazine in Hong Kong.

He had given up working what he considered a ..... 
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French Dressing with Tomatoes

Sun, Jun 25th, 2000
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1 can (10 oz.) tomato soup, undiluted
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 Tsp. prepared mustard
2 to 3 teaspoons pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
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Monday, June 26, 2000

Sun, Jun 25th, 2000
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To the Editor,
Thank you Lanesboro Art Council for reviving "Art in the Park" family fun day. Good to see so much local involvement - demonstrations, food stands, entertainment. Looking forward to 2001.
Lucretia Brehm
Lanesboro, MN

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Sun, Jun 25th, 2000
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