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  • Protect Your Raspberries from Spotted Wing Drosophila
    As I watch the berries form on my primo cane, Joan J raspberries, I am inspecting for any signs of that new invader, Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). This tiny vinegar fly was first found in Minnesota in August of 2012. Since then it has been found in 40 Minnesota counties.
  • Tomato
    It's easy to see why the tomato is a top choice among gardeners. These plants adapt well to most soil conditions, they are perfect for small garden spaces and the tomato itself has many uses. One plant is likely to yield a high number of tomatoes, so just a couple are necessary to satisfy the needs of most families for the entire season. Tomato plants are relatively easy to grow, but may be susceptible to a few different unwanted diseases. Many things may be to blame for our unhealthy tomato plants; however, the most common invader is fungus. The two most common fungal diseases seen around the area are Early Blight and Septoria Leaf Spot.
  • Bandits of the Night
    Chickens have been slowly disappearing from our barn, and Saturday evening I found the culprit, a young mother raccoon and her eight little ones. Although some may find raccoons cute and funny, I find them aggressive and menacing. Armed with a broom and a Good Dog, I dodged mom’s attack, and, hopefully, banished the raccoons for the time being.

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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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