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March 1, 2010 Horticulture Column


Time is flying by and the new seed catalogs are flying into my home.  I would guess that we have received 15 different garden seed catalogs this spring.  As I look through them it is very difficult to find much that is brand new, not to say that the old is bad.  I always keep thinking some nursery will develop a flower that will shock the garden but am still waiting.  I have found a source of many, many different Hostas.  That was the best news my wife has heard in many years, JUST KIDDING.  Before we moved back to Devils Lake I was not a hosta fan and now that I have an area that has pretty shade and also fitting for our water feature I have found a new love, hostas of all types and flavors.  I was doing a little research on hostas one night and found there are over 4500 different hostas.  I am pretty sure that will never happen in my yard.  My wife would not allow it nor my yard space.  It is really fun watching your yard grow and as it grows you soon find that room is running out.  I have had to take a different strategy for further developing my yard and that is going to include several most dwarf spruce and pine.  I now have 6 different dwarfs’ and it really is fun to watch them develop into something that is becoming in the landscape design.

Gardening Saturday

Get ready for a great Saturday afternoon of learning about grapes, starting your own garden seed (not using much space), wine making and lawn care.  I have been receiving a lot of questions about grapes and growing grapes that I thought this would be a great opportunity to develop this day into a Gardening Saturday.  I have asked Cathy Weiderholt (Carrington Research Center, grape and fruit specialist), Steve Sagaser (Grand Forks C county Horticulture agent), Todd Weinmann (Cass County Horticulture agent) and Bill Hodous (Ramsey County Extension) to talk about their subject matter area.  The Gardening Saturday will be held Saturday, March 20, at the Amory in Devils Lake.  We will begin at 1 p.m and should be done around 4 pm.  There will be a $5 fee to cover the costs of materials for the day and pre-registration is preferred but not necessary, to have an idea of how many to prepare for.   To sign up for Gardening Saturday please stop by our office of call 662-7027 to register.  Looking forward to seeing you on the Saturday, March 20th


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