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Fillmore County master gardeners


By Monica Ortner

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

This year we recognize two of our extension master gardeners for their milestone achievements. Judy Lacey has been involved with the EMG for 30 years and LaVerne Paulson for 10 years. Photo submitted

This garden season is off and warming up. Fillmore County has nine volunteers ready and willing to help you find answers to your lawn, garden, and flower care questions. As Extension master gardeners, we have been trained through the University of Minnesota and continue to expand our knowledge for our community each year.

We volunteer in a variety of ways: seed trials, community gardens, school garden projects, written articles, club and group presentations, as well as time at the county fair each year. We will be at the Fillmore County Fair July 21-25, from 2-6 p.m. each day. Stop by our booth near the open class horticulture exhibits and we will help find answers to your garden questions.

If your group, organization, or class has an interest in any topic related to horticulture, consider having an Extension master gardener in as a resource person. Many have presentations ready to present. Below are the contact information and the area of specialty for the Fillmore County master gardeners. These are the master gardeners available to assist you with your gardening questions:

Elsa Bye, (507) 765-2410, vegetables, wild flowers, and small fruits.

Judy Lacey, (507) 867-4485 or (507) 696-1240, flowers (indoor & outdoor), and vegetable gardening.

Lori Slindee, (507) 886-2214, lslindee@hotmail.com, herbs, trees, and perennials.

LaVerne Paulson, (507) 765-4409 or (507) 251-5240, lcpaulson_7@hotmail.com, annuals and perennials.

Sandy Sullivan, (507) 867-3082, vegetables, tree fruits, and small fruits

Pam Freet, (507) 922-4141, freethead@yahoo.com, vegetable gardening and perennials.

Monica Ortner, (507) 937-3202, mlortner@hotmail.com, vegetable gardening and fruits.

Shelly Skendelien, (507) 346-7112, shellyskindelien@hotmail.com, invasives, trees, and shrubs.

Beverly Sandlin, (507) 922-0083, bcfossillady@gmail.com, perennial flowers, landscaping, and water gardens

A brochure with the Fillmore County Master Gardeners contact information is available at the Extension Office, 902 Houston Street NW, Preston. Phone (507)765-3896.

Emerald ash borer arrives in Fillmore County

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

In disappointing, but perhaps expected news, the slow crawl of emerald ash borer has made its way into the county. The City of Rushford recently noted at the Monday, April 27 council meeting that the invasive, destructive insect has been identified ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 4.6.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Is this landfill garbage or is it recyclable? Where can I get rid of it? How much is it going to cost? Is this Household Hazardous Waste? If you have not contemplated one of these questions in the last few years, or perhaps the last few months, ..... 
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Hands-on opportunities to get creative this spring

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Would you like to learn about gardening for wellness of body, mind and spirit with renowned garden expert David Cavagnaro, while starting your own seedlings? Maybe you want to create a copper wire sculpture of a tree, using a twist and a bend here a ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.23.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Recycling Education Coordinator Today’s article concerns burn barrels and burning garbage in general. Even if you do not personally burn garbage, please read on. Most likely you are being affected one way or another. If you are still burning y ..... 
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Health officials recommend steps for private well owners to protect health, water

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Properly maintaining wells that tap into groundwater is critical for protecting personal health and the resource, say state health officials. National Groundwater Awareness Week, which was observed March 8-14, was established more than two decades a ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 3.09.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Most of you who read these Recycling 101 articles are interested in recycling trends and how you can improve your recycling habits. My goal as I write these articles is to assist you doing that and let you know why recycling is so very important ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 2.23.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Looking back in my files, I found some information from Oberlin College in Ohio that I shared with you almost a decade ago. I am quite sure some of these numbers have changed a bit since then, perhaps for the better. Please read these and see if ..... 
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Free radon and nitrate testing

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Radon gas is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon causes lung cancer. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexpensive, and quick. To get a free radon kit you can attend the pick-up site below or download and submit a request form o ..... 
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