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Summer Peaks in the Garden


Fri, Aug 24th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, August 27, 2001

The best of summer is now upon us. Fresh vegetables are overflowing and filling our suppers with sweet corn, new potatoes, cucumbers and more. Broccoli, even though worms have eaten their way through the leaves, is as tasty as can be. Peppers are ripening and will make great salsa and chili sauce with homegrown onions, tomatoes and garlic.

It's time to remove suckers from tomato plants. Any plants flowering now will only take energy away from ripening fruit. Suckers are side shoots that develop off leaf nodes. Pruners or a sharp knife is all you need. Be sure you don't take away so much leaf cover that your tomatoes are left to the sun or they may get sunscald.

Many neighbors report splitting tomatoes. This is probably due to our recent heat wave, which caused too much growth too fast.

Transplanting Time

Many perennials can be safely transplanted now, nights are cooler and the days are getting shorter. Transplanting now will give the roots several weeks to re-establish before frost and winter dormancy.

Iris should be divided anytime during August. Using a garden fork, lift clumps and remove soil from rhizomes. They look a little like lobsters, with a center fleshy root branching off into two 'claws.' No matter how overgrown they are, divide plants until they are all three-part 'lobster' sections.

When replanting, dig a hole deep enough to accommodate the length of the roots and build up a little soil mountain inside the hole. Set the roots over the soil mountain so that the roots go straight down into the soil and the rhizome rests at the original soil level. Iris should be planted so that the rhizome is partly exposed, it needs sun in order to bloom.

Daylily Rust

Another newcomer to our plant disease archives is Daylily Rust. Unfortunate, as Daylilies have always been carefree and pest free. Worse news is that our beloved and nearly overused 'Stella D'Oro' is one of the more vulnerable cultivars.

In the year 2000, the disease was found in Georgia and Florida. Believed to have originated in Asia, it causes bright yellow spots and/or water soaked lesions to appear on both sides of the leaves, followed by (within 2-3 days) the development of yellow to dark rust colored pustules on the underside of the leaves. Spore development requires between 1 to 2 weeks, whereupon reinfection of the plant can occur.

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Dry Spell

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This has been one hot dry summer. Over the last ten weeks we have received less than two inches of rain. I dont know if that qualifies us for a drought, but it certainly is a wicked dry spell. Even with the satura ..... 
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Shark Stories

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Monday, August 20, 2001

Oh, the shark has, pearly teeth babe...

Sharks have been in the news lately. A few weeks ago, Jessie Arbogast, a Mississippi eight-year old, was attacked by a 6-1/2 foot bull shark in the Gulf of Mexico. Jessie l ..... 
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To the Editor,

Fri, Aug 24th, 2001
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Monday, August 6, 2001

We would like to address a problem that has bothered us for several years at the Fillmore Fair and also some of the other local fairs in our area.

Our problem is with the 4-H Livestock Auction. We feel the auct ..... 
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To the Editor,
Monday, August 6, 2001

Emotions rule over law at Board of Adjustment meeting (July 30, 2001 Journal).

My sympathy goes out to the Livingoods.

My wife and I own a small farm on the outside of Mabel. Fil ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

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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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