Spray Apple Trees Soon For Maggot Control

Have you ever sliced a homegrown apple and found narrow brown streaks or lines winding through the flesh? The damage is caused by the apple maggot, the most common apple insect in the Upper Midwest. The culprit is rarely seen, because by harvest the small maggots have usually exited the fruit. Although damaged fruit are…
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Campfire Rose A Winter-Hardy Beauty

Nothing says winter-hardy like a Canadian-bred rosebush, and this one’s intriguing. Developed a few years ago, ‘Campfire’ rose was introduced as a member of the Canadian Artists rose series, joining Felix Leclerc, Emily Carr, Bill Reid, and Oscar Peterson roses. When I first heard of Campfire rose, I wondered why it would be included in…
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The Newest Fruit For The Upper Midwest

It’s not often a completely new fruit type makes its way onto the much-recommended list for the Upper Midwest. Raspberries, strawberries, apples and plums have been around since the days pioneers built their sod huts. We are now living in the days of fruit-growing history, as a brand new fruit makes its way into popularity,…
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Keeping Rhubarb Healthy And Happy

Rhubarb is almost a necessity for any self-respecting Midwesterner. It ranks right behind the car’s winter survival kit in importance. Early homesteaders didn’t need an automobile, but they did need rhubarb. Rhubarb varies between red-stalked, green-stalked, and everywhere in-between. The purer red-stalked types generally have smaller-diameter stalks, and somewhat smaller plants. The green-stalked varieties tend…
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Bagging When Mowing, Yes Or No?

Do you carefully collect all lawn clippings when mowing, or do you let the clippings fall on the lawn? Are you being lazy if you don’t meticulously bag up all clippings and haul to the compost site? Let’s examine. So which is better for the lawn, to bag or not to bag? Every research university…
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