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  • Food Rules
    I will devote my next several columns to where to find sustainable, local foods in our area during the winter months and beyond. We are fortunate to have many options available to us in West Central Minnesota.
  • Last Minute Gifts for the Constant Gardener
    Do you have an avid gardener on your Christmas list? In honor of your gardening loved ones, here’s a list of suggestions for those of you still pondering that age old question, “what in the world am I going to give for Christmas?”
  • 2014 University of Minnesota Top Ten Performing Annuals
    Each year, hundreds of cultivars are trialed at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center, Horticulture Display Garden in Morris, MN. The Garden is open to the public for self-guided tours throughout the growing season and provides a unique opportunity to compare the performance of bedding plant cultivars under our region’s growing conditions. Each of the cultivars is evaluated on plant height, width and uniformity, flower size, flower and plant quality characteristics, and disease resistance. The top ten for 2013 were consistently the best performing annuals in the trials. If you are interested in including some new varieties in your garden this year, consider these:

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  • Gardening
    Get information about best plants and gardening practices for Minnesota lawns, landscapes, and gardens.

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U of M Extension
Douglas County

720 Fillmore Ste B090

Alexandria MN 56308-1763
(320) 762-3890 (phone)
(320) 762-3871 (fax)

Douglas County Extension Committee

  • Jerry Johnson, County Commissioner
  • Charlie Meyer, County Commissioner
  • Bill Januszewski
  • Vicki Johnston
  • Pat Kalina
  • Kelly Lund
  • Char Rosenow
  • Catherine Siira
  • Ray Wille
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