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Plan Now for Fall Vegetables


Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

It’s not too late to sow seeds of many short season vegetables. Many gardeners want to get all their seeds in and then just let it grow! But staggering planting dates will give you a longer harvest season. This week there is still time to plant snap beans, beets, basil, carrots and kale. Lettuces may still do well if it doesn’t get too hot.

Many garden centers and nurseries have great sales on annuals and herbs to tuck in where the radishes and spinach were. These pot-bound treasures will really take off if given good soil and plenty of water. Be sure to pull apart the roots if they are root-bound.

For fall harvest of kohlrabi, leaf lettuces, radishes, spinach and turnips plant seeds in early to mid-August.
Companion Planting

Planting a diverse mix of plants is not only beautiful but can create a healthier garden as well. Companion planting mates plants together for several good reasons including:

• Companions help each other grow. Tall plants, for example, provide shade for sun-sensitive shorter plants. Plant flowers such as cosmos, spider flower (cleome), or flowering tobacco (nicotianna) in your lettuce patch.

• Companions use garden space more effectively. Climbing plants cover up the ground, upright plants grow up. Native Americans commonly planted pole beans and squash with corn. Beans climbed up the corn and everything shaded the squash.

• Companions prevent pest problems. Plants like onions repel some pests. Other plants can lure pests away from more desirable plants. Leaf miners prefer pigweed or ragweed to peppers. Onions, garlic or chives planted with roses will repel many rose pests. Nasturtiums repel cucumber beetles.

• Companions attract beneficial insects. Every successful garden needs plants that attract the predators of pests. Dill is a great companion for cabbage, brussels sprouts and broccoli. Cabbages support the floppy dill while the dill flowers attract tiny beneficial predator wasps that control cabbage worms

So what have you got to lose? Try companion planting as a way to increase your yields with out compromising your health with petrochemical sprays. Many successful organic gardeners maintain special hedgerows of plants that attract beneficial insects. These plants include: Anise, Basket of Gold (Aurinia), Bee Balm, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Dill, Fennel, Feverfew, Golden Marguerite, Lovage, Painted Daisy, Sweet Alyssum, Tansy, Yarrow and Zi .....
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Hoffman Stables

Scenes from Childhood

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

We stand on a cracked sidewalk, looking across a cyclone fence at vacant lots and trees, all that remains of the Sumner Field Housing Projects in North Minneapolis. In 1938, the year he was born, my husband's family becam ..... 
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Root River Blues Revisited: In the Wake of the Flood

Sun, Jul 9th, 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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A mystery writer visits

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

Running a motel in Helena, Montana, was a very confining business, the mystery writer and Chatfield native, Elizabeth Gunn told an audience last week at the Harmony Public Library. "There were whole years where we didn’t ..... 
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Flight

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 3, 2000

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright flew a powered aircraft for twelve seconds. Their flight covered a distance of about forty yards at a speed of almost seven miles per hour. Six years later, the Wright boys s ..... 
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Start with the courthouse

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Monday, July 3, 2000

Start with the courthouse. That's my advice to the soon-to-be appointed Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee that was created by the county board last Tuesday. The evaluation of the shops and other facilities can w ..... 
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Curdlecod goes Asiatic

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Chester and Cynthia Curdlecod are the local gourmets of Flabbergast County and one evening last week we were invited to their home for dinner. They take pride in their ability to prepare sumptuous meals from the local fish, fowl and fauna and avoid b ..... 
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Journal Profile # 73

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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Name: Winifred Eiken
Home: Henrytown
Age: 63 on April 12
Profession: Amish Tour Guide
Family: Husband - Roger; 2 sons - Ashley and Richard; 2 daughters - Jill and Joan; 12 grandchildren; 1 great ..... 
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Wedding Punch

Sun, Jul 9th, 2000
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2 cans (12 oz. each) frozen lemonade concentrate
2 cans (12 oz. each) frozen pineapple juice concentrate
1 quart water
1 liter ginger ale
1 liter bottle sparkling water
1 large bottle sparkling white grape juice or champagne ..... 
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