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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     At 591.5 lbs., Audrey is a popular attraction for Arboretum visitors.   It’s been gratifying and fun to meet so many people interested in the giant pumpkin project. Whenever we water Seymour, we enjoy the opportunity to share what we...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Minnesota apples are tempting us to harvest them.   Have you heard the old wise tale that you should wait until after a frost to harvest your apples? I am here to bust that myth. If we followed that rule, many of our apples would be...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Pull out buckthorn when it's still small.   Trees and shrubs are valued plants in Minnesota landscapes and natural areas, but sometimes they get out of hand or become invasive species. Managing these plants can be done using several...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Geraniums (Pelargonium) are favorite annual flowers in Minnesota. Easily grown in planting beds, pots, window boxes or hanging baskets, annual geraniums can also be overwintered. If you have included geraniums in your garden this year, you...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   This is the final vegetable update of the season! Thanks to all of you who followed along and shared questions and photos along the way. There is still no sign of a hard frost in the forecast for any part of the state, but many field crops...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Orchards and U-picks are starting to move into the busy season and are welcoming large number of visitors to the farm. When you invite the public to your farm, there are additional food safety and liability concerns to consider to keep...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Photo: A few sporadic weeds in a fall strawberry patch are normal, even with excellent weed control. Photo: Annie Klodd   Four useful tactics to reduce next year's weed management demand include: ●     Removing weeds before they shed...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   This is the second to last vegetable update of the season. This update includes an overview of some disease issues I've been seeing in the field, a discussion about what the hot fall nights mean for cool season crops, and reminders about...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Wednesday, Aug. 24, was a big day for our horticulture team involved in the giant pumpkin project. By 4 p.m., Audrey was at the Fair and weighed in at 591.5 pounds. She placed fifth in the Fair’s Giant Pumpkin Adult Division. Not bad for...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   As fall temperatures begin to cool off it is time to consider bringing in the houseplants you may have kept outside this summer.   Many houseplants thrive outdoors during Minnesota’s summers but do not perform well or may even die if...

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