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    Elderberry: A Magic Wand for Colds?

    There appears to be a measurable benefit (compared to placebo) to taking elderberry during the flu, but elderberries have a surprising history with humanity.

    Sparkling Water: Pesticide Panic?

    Linalool is indeed used in insecticides, but looks (and smells) can be deceiving with this plant derived chemical.

    Wasp Control for Lawns

    Ground nesting wasps can be quite the annoyance in late summer. Knowing when and how to control is key.

    Conifer Madness

    Thirty five to forty percent of my service calls deal with trees, and the vast majority of those calls consist of evergreens that often do not live up to their name.

    Creeping Charlie: A Tangled History With Hops

    Considered a garden weed, few people know the old brewing uses of Creeping Charlie and its long lost rivalry with hops.

    Neem: A Pesticide That Is Also a Toothpaste!

    Neem bark and seeds were traditionally used not only as an insecticide, but also as a tonic to treat human aliments such as leprosy, tooth decay, or malaria.

    Vinegar and Epsom Salt as Herbicides

    Spreading Epsom salt to combat weeds is dubious at best. However, horticulture vinegar (properly applied) can be effective at weed control in certain situations, particularly in organic vegetable production.

    Saffron Production in Minnesota?

    Growing saffron in a high tunnel can be done, perhaps even profitably according to new research by the University of Vermont.

    Winter Effects on Japanese Beetles

    Several deep freeze/thaw cycles in January can fool Japanese beetle larvae.

    Using Cover Crops: The Right Fit

    It may seem like a chore, but recording where and how long your vegetables grow in the garden is key to using cover crops effectively.

    Using Cover Crops: Species Selection for Gardens

    Even in Minnesota, there are quite a few cover crop species for you to choose, each with their own pros and cons. To narrow your possible choices, it is incredibly important to know the needs of your garden.

    Using Cover Crops: A History of Green Manure

    Grown primarily for improving the land rather than harvest, cover crops (aka “green manures”) have been in use by humans for longer than you might have imagined.

    The Ladybugs Return!

    These insects—while key in helping our local farmers control aphids—plague us in our homes. What you may not know, is that these beetles are not just a biting, stinking nuisance, but have real negative effects on our environment and even our wine!

    Fall Residue Control and Disease Prevention

    Infected residue on the surface can continue to pose a risk to your garden.

    Ash Tree Replacement

    Emerald Ash Borer is creeping its way up to Blue Earth County. When your ash dies, what do you plant?
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