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WCROC Features from the Farm: Research on perennials continues
MAES fifth graders take flight as Young Eagles
Crew prepares interior of Coborn's building
Smartphone app aims to connect hungry Minnesota kids with free meals
Prep Baseball: Metzger named to all-section team
Legion Baseball: Sayles earns complete game shutout at Osakis
Prep: Seven Owls recognized by Pheasant Conference
Legion Baseball: Wheaton downs Hancock in eight
Junior Legion: Morris 10-runs Benson
Pamela Winifred Smith
Carl "Pee Wee" Manska
James "Jimb" Michael Mulholland
Lucille "Lucy" Ann Krupke Heil
Letter to the editor: Address changes are expensive
Letter to the editor County needs to rethink shop idea
Continuity and Change
Letter to the editor: Thank you for poppy support; Legion Auxiliary needs you
Commentary: A poem for veterans
WROC's Features from the Farm: Research on industrial hemp
Taking a break from ag work
Weather dictating pace of spring field work
Growing for the future
2017 Farm Progress Issue
April 1, 2014
Growing Green: Easter Lilies
Years ago I worked at Linder’s Garden Center in Falcon Heights, MN during the spring growing season. My favorite chore was to remove the yellow anthers from the multitude of Easter Lilies. The bright orange pollen coated my hands (but not the pristine white petals), and the intense...
April 1, 2014 - 5:38am
January 14, 2014
Growing Green: Annual pick of the month
Life never slows down on the flower farm. Every year we start about 65,000 plants from seed, and those that take the longest (Lisianthus and Trachelium) were planted last weekend. Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisianthus) is one of my most favorite annuals, and can take 20-26 weeks to...
January 14, 2014 - 9:13am
January 9, 2014
Growing Green: Fragrant Flowers for Your Garden
There are many plants I love to include in my garden, but those with no fragrance, although eye-pleasing, always disappoint me. I always try to intersperse fragrant plants among my zinnias, rudbeckia and echinacea, so that my arrangements are a mixture of colors, textures and fragrances....
January 9, 2014 - 10:36am
December 17, 2013
Growing Green: Native Plants for a Sustainable Landscape
Douglas county sits just on the eastern edge of what once was a vast prairie; 18 million acres that stretched across the state from southeast to northwest. Early settlers crossing this part of the state encountered a sea of grass and unbroken soil stretching as far as the eye could...
December 17, 2013 - 3:33pm
December 13, 2013
Growing Green: Last Minute Gifts for the Constant Gardener
Do you have an avid gardener on your Christmas list? There’s still time to shop for that special, gardening Christmas present! Many local businesses carry items that would appeal to your gardening friends and relatives, including: hand tools, garden gadgets, house plants, bird...
December 13, 2013 - 10:13am
December 3, 2013
Growing Green: Success with Poinsettias
‘Tis the season, autumn is definitely stepping aside. My houseplants have survived the move indoors, I have some perennials growing on the window seat, and this year I may even try growing an Amaryllis (more on this adventure later.) I love November and December: the first snow,...
December 3, 2013 - 11:49am
Growing Green: Protecting Pollinators in Your Garden
No matter how you receive your news, you have undoubtedly heard recent stories about the precipitous decline in bee populations in recent years. Whether due to Colony Collapse Disorder, where for still unknown reasons, worker bees simply abandon the hive; or the reckless use of neonicotinoid...
December 3, 2013 - 11:43am
November 22, 2013
Growing Green: Arrest the Pest: Oriental Bittersweet
This fall I had the opportunity to visit many floral shops throughout the Metro area and outstate Minnesota, and fell in love with Bittersweet, a very popular ornamental used in fall arrangements. The good news: there is a beautiful native variety that is hardy (zone 3) in Minnesota,...
November 22, 2013 - 9:55am
Growing Green: Return of the Pantry Invaders
I fear the cold weather has come to stay (was there ever an “Indian Summer” this year?), and hopefully you have completed most of your fall garden chores. Now is the time to sit back, relax, and ponder the successes and failures of this season’s garden, what you will do differently...
November 22, 2013 - 9:52am
November 7, 2013
Growing Green: Good Garden reads
I am an avid reader, and so it was with great sadness that I read about Sir Terry Pratchett, one of Britain’s most prolific and popular authors, and his battle with early on-set Alzheimer’s disease. A result of this disease is that Pratchett can no longer read, which is totally...
November 7, 2013 - 9:06am
October 28, 2013
Growing Green: Protect Your Trees from Winter Pests
Many of my Spring calls concern trees damaged during the winter by voles. Bark is chewed, tunnels abound and trees struggle to come back, if they are lucky. Lawn damage caused by these varmints can be repaired, but trees and shrubs girdled by these gnawing rodents will not survive....
October 28, 2013 - 11:16am
Growing Green: Snow Mold Prevention Begins in Autumn
Can we expect snow mold damage in our lawns next spring? The answer to this question is dependent on the snow and soil temperature conditions this fall and winter. Snow mold is common during years when an early, deep snow cover prevents the soil from freezing. As the snow begins...
October 28, 2013 - 11:14am
Growing Green: Indoor Gardening
Autumn is my favorite season of the year. The changing fall colors, the cool nights and shortened days are a welcome fanfare to the quiet, cold winter days ahead. With a sigh of anticipation, I look forward to peaceful days of garden planning, and placing our seed orders for next...
October 28, 2013 - 10:28am
October 8, 2013
Application period open for Master Gardener Program
If you have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing that interest with others, apply to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener. Applications are being accepted for the Stevens County Extension Master Gardener Program now until Nov. 1, 2013 (in...
October 8, 2013 - 2:24pm
September 18, 2013
Growing Green: Minnesota Gardening Calendar 2014
Hot off the presses! The 2014 Minnesota Gardening Calendar has arrived at the University of Minnesota Extension Office, Douglas County. This award winning 12-month calendar, produced by University of Minnesota Extension Horticulturalists, is filled with timely gardening tips, beautiful...
September 18, 2013 - 9:25am