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Tomato Tips


Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Monday, June 12, 2000

Mulch tomatoes now to prevent both early and late leaf blights, septoria leaf spot and blossom end rot. Leaf blight and septoria leaf spot are soil borne fungal diseases spread by soil splashing up from the ground during rain and watering. Mulching will keep spores from contacting leaves. Brown, circular spots on leaf surfaces are seen in early disease stage, so removing infected leaves can also help to reduce the spread of infection. Blossom end rot is a disease characterized by tomatoes having sunken or rotted ends. The cause is usually uneven watering and can easily be prevented by mulching to keep soil constantly moist but not overly wet. If you already mulch tomatoes and still have blemished fruit, the cause may be a calcium deficiency or a high level of salts in the soil. A soil test is the best way to confirm this. Its never too soon to check your tomato plants for disease problems. If you plan to use a fungicide for control of fungal diseases, remember that fungicides do not cure disease, they only prevent new infections. So if your garden is bothered by leaf blights, or mildews you can avoid using fungicides by practicing good cultural methods like mulching and spacing plantings far enough apart so that you allow for good air circulation. This will be very important this year if we continue to have more rain (enough for now thank you) so mulch to hold in the moisture we have in case it dries up and stays dry.
Potato Bugs

If you have them, youll know it. These pests can be really troublesome to the home gardener, eating your potato plants down to nothing in a few weeks. They will be emerging soon, so be on the lookout for small thumbnail sized yellow-brown soft-bodied bugs feasting on your potato leaves. Unfortunately, the best control is by hand picking and squashing or drowning in soapy water, (a good job for bored out-of-school children). Later on they will lay eggs on the underside of the leaves. These are tiny orange egg clusters, which can also be hand removed. The beetles over-winter in the soil, so if youve had them before, its likely youll have them again. So its a good idea to plant potatoes as far away from last years plants as possible.

If there is a gardening topic you would like to see covered in this column, please feel free to contact the Extension office at 507-765-3896.

Survival

Mon, Jun 12th, 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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Theres Snakes in Them Thar Hills

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Monday, May 29, 2000

With records for at least 39 of Minnesotas 50 or so native amphibians and reptiles, the rugged stream-dissected Blufflands of the far southeastern corner of Minnesota is easily the most herpetologically diverse region of ..... 
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Play Ball!

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Monday, May 29, 2000

Outside the old St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanes-boro, the sweet strains of the Count Baise and Duke Ellington orchestras float through the warm evening air. Even before entering the theatre, you know you are about to be ..... 
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Father and son

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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Our oldest son had an accident at work last week. He got his finger caught between two parts of a hydraulic punch. The business of the world stopped for two days as we focused on the questions of what and when and where and how long. His injury is se ..... 
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The three year plan

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Monday, June 5, 2000

It was at supper a few weeks ago, when my family was all gathered, that I told them.

"Now that we are all together, there is something I need to tell you," I said to them in a voice that was serious but devoid of e ..... 
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Sour cream apple pie

Mon, Jun 12th, 2000
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5 cups pared, cored, and diced apples
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
1 9 pie shell
Chop apples in a medium dice. Combine flour and sugar, add egg, ..... 
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Monday, June 12, 2000

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To the Editor,
My concern for canine officers and their handlers began when canine officer Lazer was shot and killed, along with two police officers, while apprehending a drug dealer in St. Paul. My concern resurfaced recently while watching poli ..... 
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