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Fall Harvest Continues...


Fri, Oct 5th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, October 8, 2001

The days are getting so short all of a sudden; winter is closing in on us. There's still a lot to do in the garden.

At the advice of a neighbor, I made a little hoop house over my beets. They came up quickly last month, have endured a vigorous thinning and are still growing. Although they are in a raised bed, the soil is cool. Now the clear plastic cover should trap the heat and hopefully get them to swell into nice fat beets. I'll let you know how it goes.

As you harvest winter squash and pumpkins, be sure to leave a 2" stem. This will keep them from going soft in storage. They will keep indefinitely when stored in a cool, dark place, between 50 to 55 degrees.

If you haven't been watering regularly, it's a good idea to give shrubs and new plantings a good soaking before everything freezes.

Asian Lady Beetles
So what will you do about the lady beetles? They are coming out of the fields by the jillions now, headed straight for our houses. There are several things to think about here, firstly if they are getting inside it may mean we need to get out the caulk gun and seal off their entry.

Secondly, we have learned this summer that the lady beetles are the main predator for the soybean aphid. With yields not in yet, it is hard to know how much damage the aphids have done to the soybeans, but I think we can safely bet that the aphids are a pretty bad bug. So killing all the lady beetles may not be a good thing. They may be just what we need to keep the aphid populations down.

Thirdly, as you find lady beetles in your house, please think twice about using pesticides as your main defense. If you choose to spray, you will have to sweep or vacuum them up after they are dead. If you skip the spraying and just go after them with the broom or vacuum cleaner, you will be saving yourself a step, a little money, and preserving your family's health.

Yes, they stink, and yes they do bite. They are a pest of the first order. So sweep them up and toss them back outside. Caulk those windows and hope they live over to eat all the soybean aphids they want.

Saving Geraniums
Here are several good tricks for overwintering geraniums. These are the Pelargonium types, perennials not hardy in the north.

If you have a cool attic, basement or root cellar, you can simply leave them in the pots, stop watering and just put them in a dark corner. If the temperat .....
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The Quest for Caulk

Fri, Oct 5th, 2001
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Monday, Octovber 8, 2001

The house sprung a leak. I needed some caulk to plug the hole to keep the house from filling with water and sinking. Talk about the road paved with good intentions.

I knew I had some caulk in the garage. It wa ..... 
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Contemporary Bunkshooters

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Monday, October 1, 2001

The Rev. Jerry Falwell is what poet Carl Sandburg would call a bunkshooter. Pat Robertson is one too.

Full-flushing, bonafide bunkshooters. Conjurers, magicians, illusionists, pulling the wool over many people’ ..... 
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To the Editor,
Monday, September 17, 2001

To the Editor,

It is widely known that Osama Bin Laden and other Arab terrorists perceive the US as having a pro-Israel bias. Too few Americans know that from 1947-1997, the US poured ..... 
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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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