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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Buckthorn fruit   In the fall, I prepare for a long couple of days removing invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn. As I hack away at the plants, the largest buckthorns still carry pitch-black fruit on the ends of their branches. I hear a few...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     From growing grapes in a vineyard setting to your very own backyard or garden, dormant pruning is the first step to managing grapevine growth and productivity. No matter your background or previous experience with pruning grapes, we...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Thin lawns and lawns with bare soil are weed magnets. Manage weeds by growing a dense, healthy lawn and carefully spot-treat weeds if necessary. Read and follow product label instructions.   As spring approaches, Minnesota gardeners start...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Spots of shiny sticky honeydew are a sign of a sucking insect-like scale. On the left leaf is a raised bump, a scale protected by a shell-like covering, often found on the underside of leaves.   Winter gardening includes indoor plant care...
Winter can be harsh. Frigid temperatures and fewer hours of daylight can take a toll, and many people prefer to stay warm inside as much as possible during winter. Indoor air also can take a toll, leading to dry skin and increasing individuals' exposure to viruses such as those that cause the...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   With Halloween decorations up and bats on the brain, we decided to do a species spotlight that includes some “creepy” critters from the natural world. The plant species in this spotlight are found in the list of Recommended trees and...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     Are you starting to sell more produce to farm to school programs, food hubs, or wholesale distributors? These sales can impact your status under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. That is because where you sell your food, along with the total...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Round leaf bittersweet may be used on wreaths and centerpieces during the holidays. Dispose of this invasive plant responsibly.   Holiday greenery and Christmas trees bring joy throughout the season, but they can also hide dangerous pests...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   How will this warmer winter weather affect the survival of pests like emerald ash borer (EAB)?   Emerald ash borers generally have a one-year life cycle that can extend to two years in a vigorously growing ash tree. EAB larvae live under...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     Join food safety and food preservation experts from the University of Minnesota Extension throughout the year to learn how to safely handle and prepare food. Whether you are a grower, operate a food business, or preserve foods for your...

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