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Check out the heirlooms


Fri, Jan 11th, 2002
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Virginia CooperMonday, January 7, 2002

Even in the midst of winter there is always something to say about gardening. It's time to check out those catalogs and order your seeds for this year's garden.

What is open pollinated?

What are heirlooms?

Open pollinated means that the plants are not hybrids or the result of a cross between two other same species. This means that you can save the seeds and in two years grow the same thing. Crossing and variation does occur naturally but with a hybrid seed you will not get the same fruit as the parent.

Heirlooms can mean that a seed has been saved and handed down over generations. Many seeds were carried over from 'the old country' sewed into the hems of our ancestors' clothes.

Recent popularity of growing heirlooms and saving seeds has led to many seed companies that specialize in these old varieties. Many feel that hybrids lack the flavor found in older varieties. Certainly tomatoes bred to be square to fit better in a box are the perfect example.

This year try something new. Bring a piece of the old country into your garden and join your neighbors in preserving a piece of the past.

Winter Tasks
If you haven't added any mulch to your perennial beds, you are still in the game. Now is really the best time to do it, as it's better to wait until the ground is frozen. Mulching too early will create an inviting habitat for mice and other little friends who would love to spend the winter dining on your plants.

The reason for mulching is to prevent heaving. This is caused by early thawing and refreezing that pushes the roots up into the air and kills plants.

Use your Christmas trees and any holiday decorations made from real evergreens for mulch. Your strawberry plants will really appreciate the extra acidity in the evergreens.

Weed free straw is the ideal mulch, because its hollow stems trap a lot of insulating air. Leaves work too, but pack down more. Black walnut leaves may be a problem in gardens or around certain sensitive plants.

In spring pull off most the mulch and leave a little to keep weed seeds from sprouting. Later in the summer you can turn it in as it breaks down to add more organic matter to your soil.

Don't forget your Houseplants
Many garden centers put their tropical plants on sale this month, to bring customers in after the holidays. It's a great time to replace some of those older, scraggly lo .....
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The Compass Never Tells the Truth

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By Wayne PikeMonday, January 14, 2002

I am somewhat skeptical of those directional compasses that you buy to keep in the car. My grandfather’s compass that he had in his 19 Ford was the last one that I knew of that worked properly, with the po ..... 
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What about Fillmore County?

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Monday, December 24, 2001

When I arrived at my office last Monday, there was a copy of the Sunday Winona Daily News waiting for me in the entry way. Under a front page story “Published farm subsidies stir up debate”, which listed the top 20 Wi ..... 
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To the Editor,

What is most interesting about publishing farm payment recipients on the web is not necessarily who gets the money. Although the fact that media stars, sports heroes and wealthy professionals are raking in the dough raises eyeb ..... 
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To the Editor,
Monday, January 14, 2002

To the Editor,

In response to the Fud4thot cartoon on 12/24/01; I too, thought it was disgusting. Better judgement should have been used by those who publish the Journal. I disagree wit ..... 
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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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