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Whats going on in the garden?


Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Judy Lacey, Extension Ag Assistant

When we vegetable and flower garden, this is the busy time of the year. I’ll visit with you on a few things that need to be done.

Strawberries are about done now. We need to think about next year’s berries by renovating our present bed. If you need information on this call the Extension Office. It needs to be done to prevent fungal diseases and promote production. Keeping weeds out of vegetables, flowers, or whatever we are raising is necessary. Weeds take nutrition, light, water and rest space from the plants we want to raise. They also prevent air movement and then diseases develop. Deadheading of our flowers help prevent the plants energy from seed production and allows more blooms to develop. Pinch back allows plants to fill out. Many plants in baskets benefit from pinching back. Keeping vegetables harvested allows for more production. The flavor of summer squash when they are small is much better than allowing boats to form! Fertilize hanging baskets. A few times during the summer you will be amazed at the difference.

Rabbits in the yard if they decide to call your garden home might be bad. Using a live trap is a good way to catch them. They need to be moved 5 miles or more away or they find their way back home! Insects have been interesting this year. Many insects have developed into their mature state. Usually the adults don’t do much damage although some do. The mosquitoes like us! Make sure you empty any containers that hold water like the catch tray under flower pots because they look for water to lay eggs in. Watch for the white butterfly that flies around the cabbage and its relative. If you spot them, look for green cabbage loopers, as they can make the leaves look lace-like pretty rapidly. Keep watching for them.

I’ve had questions on rhubarb and when to stop using it. Harvest through June. If it is a new plant don’t harvest any more. However, if it is an old established plant in healthy shape, harvesting a few stalks now and then won’t harm it. Did you know that curly dock, a weed, is the host plant for rhubarb curculio? Try to remove any curly dock you see. Rhubarb is a “heavy feeder” and benefits from yearly feeding of balanced fertilizer. It also benefits from composting.

Please call the Fillmore County Extension Office (765-3896) with any questions you have.

Recycling 101 7.21.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

There continues to be questions concerning what is and what is not recyclable in Fillmore County. Each county in Minnesota has different lists of what can be recycled in their county. That is not to say that one way is much better than another. Re ..... 
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Recycling 101 6.30.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

In a few short weeks, the Fillmore County Fair will be upon us. The dates of the fair are July 22 through July 26. A great number of Fillmore County residents attend the fair and hundreds participate by exhibiting 4-H and open class projects. Man ..... 
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More events scheduled for Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Home & Garden

The upstart market, now in its second season, has seen a surge of interest. The 25-vendor market is continuing to grow in size and offerings. The product list now includes fruit, vegetables, herbs, wild edibles, honey, maple syrup, canned goods, bre ..... 
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More events scheduled for Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

The upstart market, now in its second season, has seen a surge of interest. The 25-vendor market is continuing to grow in size and offerings. The product list now includes fruit, vegetables, herbs, wild edibles, honey, maple syrup, canned goods, bre ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 6.9.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

I started writing this article in January when information concerning the bottle bill often made the news and was discussed at length. Since then, several groups throughout the state have voiced their opinions, for one reason or another, against suc ..... 
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“Little changes add up to big savings” in summertime home cooling

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

As we all look forward to warmer days and the May flowers, there is no doubt that we will probably go from one extreme to another in the coming months of our Minnesota climate. Late April snow will morph into warm, sunny days. While it might be a cur ..... 
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Recycling 101: Fillmore County gears up for spring Household Hazardous Waste Day

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

This past January, I shared some information with you concerning Household Hazard Waste and mentioned there would be another article appearing a few weeks prior to the 2014 spring collection date. Here it is. As usual, Spring Household Hazardous Wa ..... 
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Finding and reporting Minnesota’s noxious weeds

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

As preparations begin for this year’s growing season, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) encourages people to learn about, look for, and report Minnesota’s noxious weeds. The MDA, as the regulatory agency for managing noxious weeds, ..... 
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