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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Wednesday, Aug. 24, was a big day for our horticulture team involved in the giant pumpkin project. By 4 p.m., Audrey was at the Fair and weighed in at 591.5 pounds. She placed fifth in the Fair’s Giant Pumpkin Adult Division. Not bad for...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   As fall temperatures begin to cool off it is time to consider bringing in the houseplants you may have kept outside this summer.   Many houseplants thrive outdoors during Minnesota’s summers but do not perform well or may even die if...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     When saving tomato seeds, look for unblemished fruits from healthy, disease-free plants.   The recent cool mornings are a reminder that the gardening season is coming to a close. While next spring can seem impossibly far away, if you...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Purple carrot-seed moth larvae can be found feeding together. They are small, produce webbing, and have white spots.   There was a flurry of press earlier this month on a new insect being found in Minnesota, purple carrot-seed moth. As...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   This is peak season for harvesting fruit crops in Minnesota. Thanks for taking a moment to read this fruit update, which will hopefully help with the harvest.   Apples   Orchards are harvesting Zestar!, SweeTango, Paula Red, and Chestnut...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Summer is officially over! Early September is one of the most exciting times of year on vegetable farms. Pretty much everything is ready to harvest and CSA boxes and farmers market stands are full with a diverse array of crops. We have a...
Landscapes are vulnerable to the elements during the cold weather months. Everything from de-icing products to hungry animals to the weight of snow can affect trees, shrubs and other plants. Just because certain greenery will go dormant during the winter doesn't mean landscape maintenance ends when...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   My colleague David said something this week along the lines of "at this point in the season, the cake is already baked". This is definitely true to some extent; the finish line is getting closer, and at this point most of what we're seeing...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   This week's update includes information on: judging apple ripeness, grape harvest parameters and lady beetle management, and day neutral strawberry disease control.   Apples   Using the starch iodine test on First Kiss apples shows the...
Individuals who don't live near the equator or in another warm climate know that winter will rear its chilly head this year. Cold temperatures and snowy conditions may be excellent for skiing and sledding, but gardeners recognize these conditions are not ideal for their plants. The inevitable...

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