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Grow Anywhere Gardening

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 28, 2012 |

You don’t need a large plot of land to grow your own food or some flowers to brighten your home. You can grow plants anywhere! That’s the theme of the MSHS Educational Booth at the Minnesota State Fair this year. You can grow plants in a wooden box — as many people do through our…

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MSHS Plant Show Winners

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 27, 2012 |

Congratulations to all the participants in the MSHS Plant Show at the Minnesota State Fair! The Grand Champion was a gorgeous bonsai entered by Sandy Merrill and Dennis Kolasa of Vadnais Heights. Reserve champion went to Mary Brickzin-Gale of Goodhue for her succulent plant collection. Here’s a list of the winning entries. Indoor Bloomers, Chuck…

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Meet Tomato Guy at the Fair

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 27, 2012 |

If you’re going to the Minnesota State Fair, be sure to visit the Horticulture Building and get your picture taken with Tomato Guy at the MSHS Educational Booth. While you are there, get information on unusual ways and places to grow vegetables.

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Is It Ripe Yet?

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 20, 2012 |

Knowing when to pick vegetables for peak taste and texture is a skill many gardeners develop after years of trial and error. Generally, however, vegetables fall into two categories. Pick-early, pick-often. Some vegetables deteriorate noticeably if they are left in the garden too long. For these veggies, the best bet is to pick them young…

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Getting Ready for the State Fair!

By Mary Lahr Schier | August 17, 2012 |

Boxes are piled high at the MSHS offices and volunteers have been weeding and laying mulch at the display gardens at Judson and Underwood Avenues on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The fair starts Thursday, Aug.23, and is one of our biggest events of the year. Members can renew membership (or join!), and everyone who renews…

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