Master Gardeners make gardening easyThe Master Gardeners in Lake County are eagerly awaiting the outdoor garden season. There are several projects throughout the summer in which they will be involved and may be of benefit to you.
By: Kit , Lake County Master Gardener, Lake County News Chronicle
The Master Gardeners in Lake County are eagerly awaiting the outdoor garden season. There are several projects throughout the summer in which they will be involved and may be of benefit to you.
The 4th annual Mystery Garden Tour will be held again in mid summer. The bus tour is hosted by the Master Gardeners who have selected several local garden sites for you to enjoy and from which to learn. Watch for registration details in late June and be part of this popular, delightful summer evening in private gardens.
If you like community events and want some garden advice too, then plan on attending the weekly Two Harbors Band Concerts or the July Heritage Days. Prior to each Thursday night band concert from June to August, Master Gardeners will be on hand to informally answer individual questions about pests, disease, pruning, and other plant/yard/garden concerns. Information is provided based on University of Minnesota research. This year the Master Gardeners also plan on being available at Heritage Days.
The children at Minnehaha Elementary School will be the recipients of a new outdoor learning area being built with the help of many volunteers and donations. The Master Gardeners will be assisting with the rain garden, perennial plantings and vegetation elements of the project. Watch the progress this summer and fall and if you stop by, the Master Gardeners will be happy to answer plant and rain garden questions.
Many of you may be planning to supplement your store-bought groceries this year with vegetables grown in your garden. If so, you may wonder what vegetable varieties do well in the Northland? The most important factor is the days to maturity since this is a short season climate. The Master Gardeners experiment with plant trials over the summer and will have a booth at the Lake County Fair to share their results.
House calls are not a thing of the past with this group of volunteers. Perhaps a tree or shrub is showing some health problems and you would like someone to help diagnose the ailment. Call the County Extension office and if the problem can’t be solved over the phone, an individual home appointment can be arranged.
The seven Master Gardeners for Lake County are Monica Highmark, Robin Naslund, Michelle Ronning, Kit Sitter, Mabel Tarlton, Inez Wildwood, and our newest member, Judy Phifer. Plant questions or information about the Master Gardener program should be directed to Wayne Seidel, County Extension liaison, at 834-8377.