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May 2, 2011 Horticulture Column


I sure does look much like spring this morning and especially over the weekend.  Wow, at least we did not get what other parts of state got.  My perennials that have started their yearly growth spurt probably think they woke up in the wrong environment.  I bought a new hosta at Grand Forks Gardening Saturday and it has really woke up.  The plant is nearly a foot tall and doing wonderful.  Speaking of Gardening Saturday, as you have noticed, we did not advertise for a day this spring.  A community our size and very poor attendance makes for a poor day.  I attended a gardening day in Maddock on Thursday and they had over 40 people in attendance.  What a great turnout and interest.  They had many questions which indicated to me that different questions instilled other questions.  With all of the disease pressure and much modified growing conditions from extra salt there should be much more interest in horticulture than there is.  If you look around the neighborhood it is not hard to find trees that really suffering and with the Emerald Ash Borer not far from making its presence felt we need to be proactive not reactive. 

I am planning another try at a gardening day in June.  I am planning an evening event and will be outdoors in someone’s yard.  We will learn the proper planting techniques and have an update on the flowers of the year winners.  We will also be talking about proper lawn care.  Stay tunned.


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