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March 8, 2010 Horticulture Column


Spring is coming very fast and soon the birds will be chirping, snow will be gone and we will be thinking about get our lawns and gardens a new look.  Every year I get many different seed catalogs and rarely buy anything from them that I can find here, locally.  I will have to admit however that I have ordered some very different cucumber seed this spring along with some different sweet corn.  I am a sucker for different types of sweet corn and how they might taste and with my garden being small in size for sweetcorn, a few seeds are fun to try.  I also ordered a popcorn to try for the grandkids.  The last thing I ordered is 3 new Hosta’s.  It is hard to imagine my yard getting full of hostas but unfortunately I have reached this point, so says my wife.   Maybe I can keep adding a couple of more hostas without her knowing but she is pretty good about investigating, I THINK she  takes after her mother.

 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) will talk about home wine making, Todd Weinmann (Cass County Horticulture agent) will visit about starting new seeds and keeping them alive to the garden and Bill Hodous (Ramsey County Extension) early spring lawn care.  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 or call 662-7027 to register.  Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 20th, 1 pm. 


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