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From The Ground Up

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   I never met my great-grandmother, but I heard great stories about her. One tangible legacy she passed down was her Holiday cactus (Schlumbergera species).  Christmas cactus   My aunt, mom, and grandmother all have a cutting of the...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Photo: Reading the Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide to find the right herbicide for a new strawberry field.    I received a good question in my email inbox this week. The grower asked (I am paraphrasing):    What herbicides can I...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) has been wreaking havoc on US berry production for over a decade now. This invasive fruit fly, which lays its eggs in ripe raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and blueberries, causes millions of damage every...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Winter is a difficult time for wildlife. The cold and snow are challenging and food is scarce. Wildlife habitat is constantly being altered and infringed upon by housing developments, infrastructure and lack of natural predators, and...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     You are invited to join us for a variety of spring webinars on beginner apple production and high tunnel berries.    The Cold Climate Fruit Webinar Series is an annual webinar series organized by Extension Educators at:  University of...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     This forsythia may have hardy plant stems and leaf buds, but its flower buds were killed by cold temperatures. The flowers at the bottom of the plant were protected by snow cover.   Minnesota winters can be snowy, frigid, warm, dry or...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Amaryllis grow well as houseplants in a sunny window.   Q: I forgot about my amaryllis bulb that I brought in from my deck in October. I set the potted plant in a closet in our basement and the other day I noticed it has a bud! What...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   The last few weeks in Minnesota have included blizzards, Siberian air masses and many inches of snow. We’re hunkered down inside, plant roots and seeds are waiting for warmer weather and mammals are looking for something to eat. But where...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Spring Lake Park Reserve in Dakota County was plowed farmland for decades before it became a park in the 1970s. But before European settlers came, forest, grasslands, wetlands, oak savanna and prairie unfolded upon its landscape. Some of...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   University of Minnesota Extension is offering a series of apple tree pruning workshops across the state. These free workshops will take place throughout the winter months, the time of year when apple trees are dormant and pruning is...

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