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  • Pollinator Friendly Landscapes

    Pollinator insects, such as bees and butterflies, are a valuable part of our ecosystem. They assist in the pollination of many types of vegetation, including flowers, fruits, and vegetables. According to the Xerces Society (, pollinators play a role in the reproduction of 85% of the world’s flowers and 75% of the world’s crops. Without these insects, our ability to grow anything would be severely hampered.
  • Welcome to Summer!

    If your garden is planted, and you’re ready to sit back and relax, here are a few events and activities to fill those occasional spare moments in the summer growing season.
  • Horticultural Services Available to Local Residents

    Here are a few services we offer, and some guidelines to follow when you have a question:
  • Horticultural Services Available to Local Residents

    Here are a few services we offer, and some guidelines to follow when you have a question:
  • Planting Trees

    Don’t get over enthusiastic with your transplants. You want the night time air temperature to be at least 50º, and the soil temperature to reach 60º-70º to have the best success with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and eggplant. What to do until then? Plant a tree!
  • Backyard Composting

    Before planting your wee seedlings, I would recommend getting your soil tested. At a loss where to find high quality, chemical free compost? Why not “grow” it in your own backyard?
  • Spring is Near

    Last Saturday, the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners in Douglas County hosted over 300 vendors, volunteers, speakers and guests at Let’s Get Growing 2018. I want to personally thank everyone who attended, planned, spoke or sold at this event. It was spectacular, and I can’t wait to see what next year brings! Great work Master Gardeners! Speaking of spring horticulture, now’s the time to get ready for the gardening season. Here's a few tips to get you started:
  • Now’s the Time to Plan for Your County Fair Entries

    Although the County Fair is almost 5 months away, it is never too early to think about the produce you will be entering.
  • Don’t Forget Your Houseplants When the Spring Cleaning Bug Bites

    Part of my spring routine is to wake up my house plants after their winter dormancy.
  • Spice Up Your Garden with Red Plants

    Red is an energizing color to use in your garden pallet, and your plant choices go way beyond the ubiquitous rose and geranium. Scores of plants come in countless shades of red, and, well used, can create an eye-popping garden. Here are a few to consider when shopping for new plants this year:
  • Garden Style

    The first question you should ask yourself when planning a new garden is “Why do I want a garden?”
  • Minnesota-Specific Dicamba Training and Use Requirements

    An estimated 10,000+ Minnesotans will use Monsanto, DowDupont, and BASF’s new dicamba products this year.
  • 2017 Top Performing Annuals

    The WCROC Garden serves as an All-American Selections Display Garden and Trial Grounds. If you are interested in including some new varieties in your garden this year, consider these:
  • Be a Locavore! Eat Local Harvest Market

    The locavore movement, in which people try to eat food produced near their home, is getting more and more popular.
  • Douglas County Horticulture Inquiries

    Now there is a new way to submit horticulture questions to your county Horticulture Educator
  • Meet Your Local Educator

    Robin Trott is the consumer horticulture Extension educator.
  • Seed Starting for Beginners

    If you’ve also selected the seeds to grow in your garden, you might be considering starting some of those plants indoors.
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