Goodhue County Extension Master Gardeners welcome you to join us for an online Beginning Vegetable Gardneing class on March 13 at 11am. Register on the Community Education website: https://redwing.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/home/ The class is found under “Adult Enrichment” and then “Home and Hobbies” or may also call 651-385-4565 to register.
The Goodhue County Extension Master Gardeners are presenting two Red Wing Community Education virtual classes in late winter 2021. One will be on Starting Seeds By Winter Sowing on Feb 13 at 11am and the other is Vegetable Gardening 101 on March 13 at 11am. Find more information and register for the classes on the RW Community Ed website: https://redwing.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/home/ The classes are under “Adult Enrichment” and then “Home and Hobbies.”
Extension Master Gardeners help lots of things grow. Including themselves.
Join us. APPLY TO BECOME A GOODHUE COUNTY MASTER GARDENER by OCT 1, 2020 at: z.umn.edu/mgapplication or contact 651-385-3100 or email@example.com
Learn how natural plant habitat restoration improves stream and river water quality with Katie Himanga, a Goodhue County Extension Master Gardener and Certified Forester. The first part of the course, on October 20th, consists of a lecture at the History Center and outlines the steps necessary to restore a site’s natural habitat while preserving or enhancing scenic quality. On October 22nd, apply the knowledge to Wells Creek in Old Frontenac and see natural habitat restoration in progress. Contact Red Wing Community Education (651-385-4565) or online to register.
October and November are great months to get out and pull all the small buckthorn trees that have popped up during the season. Buckthorn keeps its green foliage long after other trees and shrubs have dropped theirs so it is very easy to identify this time of year.
The Weed Wrench tool makes short work of smaller trees and you can borrow it free of charge from the Goodhue County Extension Master Gardeners.
Call University of MN Extension, Goodhue County at 651-385-3100 for more information.
Oak leaves from Oakwood Cemetary, Red Wing MN (photo by Nancy Lizette Berlin)
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (10/14/2013)—Drought conditions over the last two-plus years have left trees and other perennial plants visibly stressed this fall. Tree stress symptoms include abundant seed production, leaf scorch, early fall colors, leaf drop, limb dieback and yellowing or browning of leaves and needles.
Fortunately, several measures can help enhance tree and shrub health.
Trees and shrubs–especially conifers (such as pine, spruce and cedar) and those planted in the last three years–should be watered generously until the soil freezes. Mulching newly planted trees also helps reduce winter root damage.
Young maples and thin-barked trees may benefit from sunscald protection to prevent the bark from cracking this winter and spring. This usually involves plastic tubes or tree wraps, which are removed in spring. These practices can also help reduce winter animal damage. Other fall management practices which will help reduce winter damage to trees and shrubs can be found at http://z.umn.edu/winterdamage
Protecting trees from rabbits, mice, voles and deer is another major winter concern. Mow or remove tall grass to reduce mice and vole damage. If the bark is removed or severely damaged around the tree, it will die. Protective physical barriers such as tree tubes, hardware cloth or fencing can be done when practical.
Odor, taste and visual repellents can repel many wildlife species, but may have inconsistent effectiveness. Human hair, soaps, garlic oil, hot sauce and animal repellents can be applied to branches and foliage to discourage browsing. Weather, application frequency, animal population and feeding pressure affect the success of repellents. Alternate the repellents since some animals become desensitized to them. A web resource that reviews prevention and control of wildlife damage can be found at http://z.umn.edu/critters
If you’re unsure about what’s causing problems in your landscape, University of Minnesota Extension has a great website to help homeowners diagnose tree, shrub and plant problems or identifying a weed or insect. This site also has links to the University of Minnesota Plant Disease Clinic and Soil Testing Lab: http://z.umn.edu/diagnose
Fall is also a good time to plant trees; water them until the soil freezes. Recommended trees for all regions of Minnesota are at http://z.umn.edu/rectrees. The best time to prune trees is during the dormant season from January to March. Flowering shrubs can be pruned in the summer after flowering.
Source: Gary Wyatt, University of Minnesota Extension agroforestry educator
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- Save soil structure by avoiding tilling
- Use recycled materials to create new humus or soil
- Reduce water use
- Provide nutrients for the polyculture of vegetation planted in the soil