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Falling into spring

I recently (reluctantly) started the process of winding down the yard and garden for the season. One of the happiest days of the year is filling the hummingbird feeders for the first time in the...

 

10 Reasons to consider becoming a Master Gardener

Over the course of the summer, we have talked about the many opportunities, programs and services offered by the Carlton County Master gardeners. It is an outstanding group, and they would like you to...

 

Enjoying some winter in summer and fall

It's that time of year when local farmers' markets are overflowing with every imaginable kind of vegetable. Like going to the grocery store when you're famished, shopping at the market can be an...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Reflections from a Master Gardener

Last month, the Carlton County Master Gardeners met at the home of local master gardener Doug McLellan. Before offering us a beautiful spread of homegrown refreshments, Doug led the group on a tour...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    August 16, 2018

Ask a Master Gardener

Last week I was enjoying some time with our grandson in his Rochester backyard, inspecting the progress of a small vegetable garden we had planted in early June. We had just discovered the umpteenth...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Bee friendly

It's amazing how important the little things are. Honey bees and other pollinators are responsible for much of the food we eat. Here in Minnesota, many crops including apple, blueberry, cucumber,...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    July 19, 2018

The verdict is in ...

... and it's unanimous: the flower pots at the courthouse in Carlton are stunning, beyond a doubt! This is the third summer of the beautification project initiated by the Carlton County Extension...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Coming soon: the Annual Kettle River Garden Tour

For over 20 years, the Carlton County Master Gardeners, in collaboration with area gardeners, have hosted the Kettle River Garden Tour. The tour is a very popular event, with attendance at about 150...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    June 21, 2018

Some dirt on soil testing

Last month I dropped off soil samples at the U of M Soil Testing and Research Analytical Laboratories, and left with a very enthusiastic “Yes!” to a request for information about soil testing....

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Asking the perennial question

Garden shopping this year raised the perennial question: do I go for the all- summer blooming annuals? Or invest a little more up front (and on the backside) in perennials that will become part of the...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    May 24, 2018

Raising your garden up a notch

We planted our first garden in Tamarack many years ago. After weeks of breaking through thick grasses, weeds and rocks, hauling truckloads of new soil and hours spent finally planting, we stood back...

 
 By Judy Walker    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Waiting, waiting, and more waiting

Finally some green - my eyes have been starving! At long last, it is almost garden planting time. Every season, I fight the urge to get my hands dirty and place those tender seedlings in the ground,...

 

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