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Planting the seeds ...(but don't plant seeds)Planning your garden is OK, but it's still too early to get dirty, area master gardeners sayPosted: April 15, 2011 - 9:13pm http://brainerddispatch.com/lifestyle/2011-04-15/planting-seeds-don%E2%80%99t-plant-seeds

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Lake Country Echo Article, August 6, 2009


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Master Gardener Has Grown to Love Fall
By JODIE TWEED, Staff Writer

BAXTER - Fall is Deb Hoffmann's favorite time of year, which may seem a little odd since the Baxter woman is a master gardener and now most of her beloved plants and flowers are dying.

But there is beauty in fall, too, and Hoffmann spent Saturday afternoon driving around the Brainerd lakes area taking photographs of the changing leaves with her new camera.

"You get a whole new garden because everything takes on a golden look," Hoffmann said. "I love the feel of fall. I love the colors. I love the cooler weather. Me and humidity - we don't get along."

Hoffmann and her husband, Louie, became master gardeners three years ago, a Christmas present to themselves. As one of their master gardener projects this year they spearheaded the project to renovate the horticulture building at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. More... Brainerd Disptach, September 29, 2008. Download file

Slow Down and Enjoy the Flowers
By Amy Freedman, Staff intern

A faint buzz of activity is bringing life to the now empty Crow Wing County Fairgrounds as workers prepare for the 111th annual Crow Wing County Fair.

The fair begins Tuesday and runs through Saturday in Brainerd. Fair general manager Dale Domrase is ready.

"Every year we try and have something new and different going on at the fair," Domrase said. This year, Domrase is most excited about the updated horticulture building.

Louie Hoffmann, Crow Wing County master gardener, was the project's initiator. Louie built a pergola, a trellis structure that gives shade to plants, last year for the master gardeners. This year, he decided to build a greenhouse for the Brainerd Garden Club.

From there, the project escalated.

Louie remembers thinking, "While we're at it ...," to which wife Deb Hoffmann responded that renovating the horticulture building was "way too big of a project." More... Brainerd Dispatch, July 28, 2008 Download file

Planting the Seeds

PEQUOT LAKES - April showers are suppose to bring May flowers, but the way this spring is going in the Brainerd lakes area ...

The unpredictable, below-normal temperatures have delayed yard work and work on preparing your gardens for the summer.

Crow Wing County master gardener Jennifer Knutson of rural Pequot Lakes offered several tips on what to do to prepare a healthy lawn in the spring.

Knutson said you shouldn't walk on your grass if it is wet or soggy because this will compact the soil and make it easier for weeds to take over. Once the grass dries and the soil becomes firm, Knutson said you should lightly rake the leaves and dead grass and put them in a compost. Knutson said areas of lawn affected by snow mold also should be gently raked.

"Snow mold is rarely serious, but if it's not taken out it'll take the grass longer to green up," Knutson said. "Salt and sand from the snow plows also should be raked out so grass is not smothered by the sand." More... Brainerd Dispatch, May 2, 2008 Download file

Planting the Seeds
Now is the time to start thinking about herbs
Staff Writer
Cold temperatures and snow-covered land are not good indicators if you're thinking about growing herbs.

In the Brainerd lakes area, the ground is frozen and people are getting cabin fever. But spring will be here before you know it, and last week, about 30 people gathered at the Northland Arboretum for a class on "Growing and Cooking with Herbs."

Crow Wing County master gardener Orv Hastad discussed growing and harvesting herbs. Hastad has been a master gardener for seven years and has been growing herbs organically for more than 20 years. More... Brainerd Disptach, February 29, 2008. Download file