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June 27, 2011 Horticulture Column

Howdy!!!  To all horticulturist’s; BBQ BOOTCAMP IS COMING TO TOWN.  To learn good basic cooking strategies using either a smoker, gas or charcoal grill get registered for the class.  The cost is $30/person or $50/couple.  You DO NEED TO REGISTER TO ATTEND as they are not taking any walk-ins AS THEY NEED TO KNOW HARD NUMBERS TO PREPARE HOW MUCH MEAT TO BRING.  At the conclusion of the evening you will be able to eat food prepared at the various stations plus condiments provided.  Beverages will also be provided.  To register call our office at 701-662-7027.

This past weekend we were camping at the lake and a thunderstorm passed through on Saturday evening.  Thank goodness it was not as bad as was talked on the radio, any rain we get is not good, but they were talking very large hail possible along with torrential rains.  As it was raining I was thinking that I should have applied a little fertilizer to my lawn.  I have not done so this year for a couple of reasons: I have not had time earlier and I also wanted to see if I treated part of my lawn less than I normally have how might snow mold and other early lawn problems react.  Through this little research of my own I will solve the age old question of should I or should I not be kind to my lawn.  We all like brilliant green lawns but that also comes with more trips across the lawn with the mower and also requires a little extra watering so the lawn does not suffer from drought stress.  Before I leave today I need to tell one story that we should all learn by.  The story goes like this, I was on vacation last week and spent the week fishing.  I like fishing with no shoes on in the boat and on Wednesday about mid day my feet stung a little.  Well you know the rest of the story.  Today I have blisters on the top of my feet and walking like I am 25 years older.  The message here is to make sure we take care of ourselves during the warm weather that is headed our way the middle to the end of the week.


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