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From The Ground Up

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   As fall sets in, late September is an important time to take care of your garden soil so that it’s healthy and ready for planting next spring.   Take stock of your soil   One of the best ways to make sure you’re giving your soil what it...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, and Minnesota Grown are interested in hearing about your gardening experiences and how you shop for plants. Please take 5-10 minutes to answer our ...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Deer frequent my backyard hoping to find tasty garden treats.   If the wildlife scene in your neighborhood is anything like mine, the only way to keep deer and rabbits off of your fruit plants is some sort of physical protection. If I don...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   This will be the final weekly vegetable update of 2021. Thank you all for following along and sharing photos and updates! While every season has its challenges, this year felt particularly difficult. For most farmers, it was a long, hot...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   In this week's update: Grapes, apples, fall raspberries, and day neutral strawberries (Webinar alert!) While apple, grape, and fall raspberry growers are busy harvesting, the amount of relevant weekly alerts slows down at this point as...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Keep scouting for plant issues, especially on your more long-term perennial plants. Continue to water the root areas of plants as cooler temperatures occur to help plants move into dormancy.  
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   It's really starting to feel like fall. Many farmers are harvesting a flush of carrots and beets, and cool season crops like lettuce, chard, and Brassicas are coming along nicely. The drought is still persistent, but a few weeks of...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   The tendril on this watermelon is beginning to dry up. It will be ready to pick soon.   Melons are one of the trickiest plants to grow, because the guidelines around harvest are confusing and often contradictory. Gardeners often struggle...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Fagiolina del Trasimeno cowpeas saved from my garden this year   Fall is an abundant and satisfying season in the garden. Your hard work throughout the season has produced a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Flowers continue to bloom...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     Many winter squash and pumpkins are ready for harvest already.  The dry season has meant that fruit that did get enough water generally look good, though there are still spots where cosmetic issues exist on the fruit.   It's hard out...

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