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Berries for Winter Birds


Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, November 12, 2001

More than just winter interest, you can add color to your landscape and feed the birds by planning ahead and incorporating berries into your garden plan.

There are lots of plants that have great berries, but more challenging is finding the small trees and shrubs whose berries hang on all through winter.

Crabapple
These dwarf trees range from 15 to 20' tall and have been developed for a bountiful flower show in the spring. The small apples that follow can be a nuisance to rake up in fall. Here are just a few of the many varieties known to hold on to their apples through the winter.
• Flame Blooms in early spring; white flowering followed by red fruit.
• Kelsey Pink/purple flowers are followed by red fruit.
• Pink Spires Pink flowers followed by bright red fruit.
• Prairie Fire Red flowers followed by maroon fruit.

Roses
Rose Hips provide bright color after fall foliage is gone. They are good forage for birds and other animals. The ones to watch for are any type of Rugosa rose. These are very hardy shrub roses that don't need any mulching or special care. For best hips prune them back hard in early spring, to 6-8". Don't cut any flowers or you'll be cutting the hips.

Viburnum
Most viburnums do produce some type of berry but only the Highbush Cranberry or American Cranberry bush will hold fruit all winter. These are magnificent shrubs, with good fall leaf color. They can grow to 8' to 10'.

Lots of other plants are worth mentioning here, Barberry, Chokeberry (Aronia), Coralberry or Winterberry shrubs; Black Cherry, Hawthorne are other tree selections. They all have good berries but may vary as to how long the berries hang on after a hard freeze.

Planting Garlic
Garlic can be planted now, before the ground freezes. Break bulbs into individual cloves. Plant 2-3 inches deep. Cloves will grow into bulbs that can be harvested next year. They will sprout in spring and look a little like onions and a little like leeks.

About mid summer next year flower scapes will form. This means that the plant is diverting energy from the bulb and into seed production. You don't want this to happen. Prune off scapes and eat them like chives. They can be chopped and added to soups, salads, stews or stir-fry.

Finely chopped garlic scapes can also be dried in the oven or a dehydrator and used through the winter as you would use dried onions or chive .....
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Jeg er Norsk-I Am A Norwegian

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Monday, November 19, 2001

"Ich bin ein Berliner" is what John F. Kennedy said when he went to Berlin, Germany. He meant to say that he was one with the people of that city, but to the Germans it came out as, "I am a doughnut." Although I am no ..... 
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Noodle Soup

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Monday, November 26, 2001

“Food is the communication between the person cooking and the people eating,” I heard Julia Childs say on a TV program the other day.

I suppose Thanksgiving is the classic example of this axiom: a bronzed tur ..... 
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To the Editor,

I was growing up at a time when it looked like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might one day have a run at the presidency. He had this to say about conflict:

Darkness cannot drive
out darkness;
Only light can do that.< ..... 
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Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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To the Editor,

I must address Herb Panko's article, "Another View: Some root causes of the September 11 tragedy" in the Nov. 12, 2001 issue of the Fillmore County Journal. He says that "[Christianity, Judaism, and Islam] use ultimate authorit ..... 
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Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, November 26, 2001

To the Editor,

The 2001 tax bill passed last spring dramatically changed how many government services are funded. Under the new law, much of the cost of K-12 education will now be paid ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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