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Plan Now for Fall Vegetables


Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, July 10, 2000

Its 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 doesnt 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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Not in my backyard

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

"Not in my backyard," read a recent "Journal" article about the proposed trail that would connect Spring Valley to the Root River Trail system. "Not in my backyard," say the neighbors of the Reiland dairy farm and the Mi ..... 
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The elusive Blue Racer

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, July 24, 2000

In an edition of this column published earlier this year (Fillmore County Journal Vol. 15, No. 34, May 29, 2000) we briefly examined how the physical geography of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, in combination with th ..... 
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Vanishing America

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

Ever since I read about Lilly and her general store in his book, Jailhouse Stories, Ive been asking Neil Haugerud to take me over to the little burg of Amherst for a visit.

"Youve never met Lilly?" Neil always ..... 
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Hauling

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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My family and I went to a wedding in Wisconsin on a recent Saturday morning. The wedding site was straight east of our place about one hundred twenty miles. There was no good way of getting there due to the negligence of the last glacier that failed ..... 
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The accidental artist

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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For Hong Kong native Peter Mak, the journey to Lanesboro isn't as far as it seems. You see, Mak's exhibition of art work at Cornucopia Art Center has a local connection. Mak's wife is Barbara Tammel, the daughter of Marilyn and Donne Tammel of rural ..... 
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What I do when I cant find anything to do

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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It helps if I make a list of things to do when I have the time. I think of all the nice things that I might be able to do for the people less fortunate than I am; such as giving advice to those in need of it and time to the timeless.

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Journal Profile # 76

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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Name: Tamara Hamlett
Home: Trotwood, Ohio
Profession: Domestic Engineer
Family: Husband Anthony, four daughters: Autumn-20, Candice-18, Olivia-13, Carmen-10, and one son Charles-8
Personal Hero: Laura In ..... 
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Meat Loaf Pie

Sun, Aug 6th, 2000
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1 can (5 oz.) evaporated milk
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 pound lean ground beef
1/3 cup ketchup
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon diced oregano
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese< ..... 
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