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Renovating Strawberries


Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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Firstly, are your strawberries everbearing or Junebearing? Everbearing strawberries fruit all season long, or at a minimum, spring and fall. Junebearers deliver all their berries at once but not necessarily in June, depending on the variety.

If your berries are everbearing and are old and not producing the way they used to, it’s best to rip out the whole thing and replant. This may seem harsh or wasteful but if you want strawberries, it’s the thing to do.

If your berries are a Junebearing variety, your beds can remain productive for several years with faithful renovation.

The renovation process is best done in four steps:
1. Shear off (or mow) the plant leaves and rake them from the bed.
2. Remove old or crowded plants with a hoe or trowel. Narrow any matted bed to a swath about 18 inches wide. If the bed gets too wide, the older plants may shade the new daughter plants.
3. Apply a 1-inch layer of compost or sprinkle on organic fertilizer, like 6 cups soybean meal per 100 square feet.
4. Water thoroughly. (Keep plants mulched to suppress weeds and retain moisture).

Soon after renovation, your plants will grow again and sprout new leaves. Even with annual renovation your strawberry bed will eventually decline beyond repair. Plan on replanting every 4 to 7 years. Excerpted from ‘Heavenly Strawberries’ by Lee Reich, Ph.D.

For more information on varieties and planting help call the Extension Office and request your free copy of "Strawberries for the Home Garden" (pub # FO-5625-B).

Apple Maggots


Do your apples have mottled bumpy skin; brown streaks though the flesh? Sounds like you may have apple maggots feasting in your orchard. These pests overwinter in soil and emerge in early July as small flies. They lay their eggs on young apples. The larvae then burrow into the apple flesh causing the brown streaking. Hang sticky red apple traps in trees to fool young flies. These traps can be purchased ready to go around $5 each. You can save a few dollars by making your own. Paint any apple-sized ball red; then cover with a sticky "Tangle Foot" type product. (Figure out how you’ll hang it before you put on the sticky stuff). Hang 3-5 balls per tree. Be sure to remove all leaves and fallen apples this fall to avoid problems next year. Bury fallen apples at least a foot deep or use for cider or livestock feed. Removal of all fallen leaves also will help control overwinterin .....
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Survival

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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Monday, June 12, 2000

May 31, 2000: Beaver Creek, crystal clear and studded with watercress, looked like a long winding jewel as Dana Gardner and I walked its shores in search of birds. An Acadian Flycatcher, the first ever for Dana, performed ..... 
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Root River Blues Revisited: In the Wake of the Flood

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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Monday, June 26, 2000

6:00 a.m. Thursday June 1, 2000: The South Branch of the Root River, small, clear and perhaps somewhat low for this time of year, placidly meanders and winds its way through Lanesboro towards a merger with the mighty Miss ..... 
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Dreaming of sushi

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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In a perfect world, I would be a travel writer. My passport would be scuffed, worn and filled with stamps and illegible signatures. I would have a carry-on suitcase, just the right size for a plane’s overhead compartment. It would always be packed an ..... 
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Flight

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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Monday, July 3, 2000

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright flew a powered aircraft for twelve seconds. Their flight covered a distance of about forty yards at a speed of almost seven miles per hour. Six years later, the Wright boys s ..... 
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Start with the courthouse

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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Monday, July 3, 2000

Start with the courthouse. That's my advice to the soon-to-be appointed Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee that was created by the county board last Tuesday. The evaluation of the shops and other facilities can w ..... 
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Upside Down Dinner Casserole

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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1/2 pound bacon
11/2 pound hamburger
2 medium onions, sliced
1 pound carrots, sliced
2 tablespoons flour
5 to 6 potatoes, sliced
salt & pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup
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Monday, July 3, 2000

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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To the Editor,
On behalf of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, I wish to thank you for your wonderful hospitality in helping us launch the University of Minnesota sesquicentennial in Lanesboro. The outpouring of support for the ice cre ..... 
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Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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