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A View From The Woods


By Loni Kemp

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Back to Gardening: Pruning in the Snow

Winter has a hard hold on Fillmore County in mid-March. Astounding snowfalls were followed by blue crystalline skies with forests bearing mounds of white fluff. The quality of light with daylight savings time and full-on winter is remarkable.

Last year at this time, the spring pruning of fruit trees and ornamental shrubs was already a month past. But ready or not, March is the time to get outside and prune, while trees are still dormant but temperatures are above freezing. Try it on snowshoes, if you must, which gives a bonus of reaching a foot higher. I look forward to many pleasant hours pruning our eight fruit trees, most now some thirty years old. I’m praying the dogwood and viburnum bushes will be standing back upright as their loads of heavy snow melt away.

Friends often beg for advice on pruning. On the one hand, there are so many rules and they never seem to apply to the tree one is looking at. Yet on the other hand, it is your own tree and whatever you do will probably help, as long as you don’t go too far.

When to stop? That is the greatest mystery of all.

Nature tends to let a tree grow too many branches with too many flowers, and result in small, inferior fruit. Our job is to be just a little bit cruel, so the tree or grapevine puts its maximum effort into ripening just the right amount of excellent fruit. Here are some approaches I use.

1. Envision the perfect fruit-bearing tree.

An open, well-formed tree will collect an abundance of sunshine and support bushels of heavy fruit at harvest time on horizontal branches, bearing them within reach for picking. Hold that thought as you begin to critique the tree.

2. Eliminate crossing or inward-growing branches, as well as downward- and vertical growing branches.

A branch growing the wrong direction will never change direction, so the sooner it is pruned, the better. A big limb lying broken or hanging after a storm, still laden with fruit, helps one accept that, indeed, horizontal branches are strongest.

3. Snip the watersprouts.

Those vigorous vertical branches which grew several feet tall last year turn out to be weak and unproductive on an apple tree, so snip them all off.

4. Sever broken and diseased branches with a clean cut at the base.

A tree will heal a clean woun .....
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Announcing call for entries for “Rural Americans” exhibit to be held at Lanesboro Art Center

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, MN - The Lanesboro Arts Center would like to invite artists to submit an application for inclusion in the upcoming “Rural Americans” exhibit, a juried group show about people and communities in rural America. The exhibit will run Jun ..... 
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Harmony area dancers competed at the Just For Kix United We Dance Competition

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

On March 9, 2013 the Middle Kix Just For Kix Team competed in the United We Dance Competition in Waverly, IA at Wartburg College.  The team performed to the song Rumor Has It. Middle Kix competed in the Kick division. The team was awarded FIRST ..... 
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Learn Chip Carving at Vesterheim Museum

Thu, Mar 14th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa — Looking for a traditional Norwegian craft that’s easy to master and requires only one basic tool? Local artist Ellen Macdonald is teaching “Introduction to Chip Carving” beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening, April 12, and mee ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre To Continue Audio Description

Tue, Mar 12th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN — The Commonweal Theatre Company located in historic downtown Lanesboro, is proud to announce the renewal of the audio-description service to enhance the enjoyment of live theatre for audience members with low vision. On specially-des ..... 
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Lanesboro Library receives donation

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Local Artist Barb Keith (left) donates her stained glass mosaic “Dusty Bill” to the Lanesboro Public Library and Director Tara Johnson. The work illustrates a nursery rhyme in her book, “The Girls and Boys of Mother Goose,” available at the l ..... 
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RCF approves four grants totaling $5,180 for projects

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Four grants totaling up to $5,180 were approved for a variety of community projects at the Rushford Community Foundation (RCF) Board of Directors meeting on February 8. A $1,480 grant will go to the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Li ..... 
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The Lanesboro Barn Dance starts it’s 19th season

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will hold its first dance of the 2013 series on Saturday, March 23, at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, MN. Starting time is 8:00 PM and admission is $7.00 at the door. Guest fiddler Tim Foss from Soldiers Grove, WI w ..... 
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Houston County Historical Society book sale

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Houston County Historical Society will hold its 18th annual used book sale on Saturday, March 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The sale will be held at 104 History Lane (East Main Street entrance) by the ..... 
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