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January 27, 2011 Have you ever seen an ad for grafted tomatoes? Have you ever tried it? Grafting is used in horticulture for many reasons. more »»

Hardiness zone maps

January 20, 2011 There may be some confusion out there in regard to maps this year. It will depend on which map you are looking at, in which catalog and to what it refers to. more »»

Rise in food prices a trend seen around the world

January 13, 2011 As food prices hit a record high around the world in December, the latest American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Marketbasket Survey reported a fourth quarter increase in retail food prices at the... more »»

Testing the taste buds

January 13, 2011 There are some really interesting questions that I get from time to time that tend to be more of a scientific type of question than a question of cultivation natur. more »»

Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District rewarded for snow fence efforts

January 6, 2011 The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) received statewide recognition last month for its efforts in establishing living snow fences in Minnesota. more »»

Garden catalog season is upon us

January 6, 2011 The holidays have come and gone, but there is one sort of holiday that if only you are into gardening you welcome with the enthusiasm of one who is like a child just before Christma. more »»

Tree tradition rich in Minnesota

December 23, 2010 For 500 years, people have been celebrating the tradition of tree decorating for the holidays. more »»

With gardens, comes faith

December 23, 2010 Gardening and faith. Faith and gardening. It seems that where there is one, there is the othe. more »»

The quality way

December 16, 2010 CANBY — An 18-year-old Canby native with a passion for culinary arts and sustainable farming was awarded $2,500 by Niman Ranch, a national network of family farmers that promotes sustainable farming... more »»

Letter to santa from the garden

December 16, 2010 Dear Santa. I have been good all year long and have worked hard in my gardens. more »»

They’re not really gone

December 9, 2010 It’s the time of year when the bugs tend to come inside, looking for winter shelter. more »»

Treating your amaryllis bulbs

December 9, 2010 This is the time of the year we try to restart growing some of those amaryllis bulbs we received last year as a Christmas presen. more »»

Agriculture means food, fuel and jobs

December 9, 2010 AURI We all know the role agriculture plays in providing the delicious food we enjoy all year round, but are especially attuned to during the holidays. more »»

Creating a real stink

December 2, 2010 The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an invasive insect — so much so that one stowaway found its way into a laboratory at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in St. more »»

Managing paper whites

December 2, 2010 This is one of those times that I would like to meet a person who did some research on some problem and find out just how they got started on the idea in the first place. more »»

Area farmers receive recognition at annual Minn. Farm Bureau Federation banquet

November 25, 2010 Farmers across Minnesota, including a few locals, were honored at the 92nd annual Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation awards banquet Nov. 19. more »»

Christmas trees

November 25, 2010 “The trees waved their branches and rustled their leaves, but the smallest of all just stood stiff in the breez. more »»

FFAers bring back good memories of trip to convention

November 18, 2010 In FFA chapters across the country, students gain an agricultural education and have opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. more »»


November 18, 2010 It is that time of the year when we are busy not only moving into the house our houseplants from the great outdoors but we are also seeing the beginning of holiday houseplants that are purchased or... more »»

Caring for cacti

November 11, 2010 It was a scramble to get my beloved cactus plants in the house this past week. It is easy to leave them outside when I know how hardy they are, but only to a point. more »»



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