Apple Grafting Workshop

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"Apple Grafting Workshop" is set for Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Family Service Center, 715, 11th St. N., Moorhead, MN in meeting room 4. Our work shop will start at 1:00 pm and end at 4:00 pm.

What is grafting? "The seed from a Haralson apple will produce an apple tree, but it will not produce a Haralson apple tree. Likewise, the seed from a Honeygold apple will not produce a Honeygold apple tree. In other words, fruit trees cannot be reproduced "true" to the original cultivar from seed. They can only be reproduced by grafting. Grafting describes any of a number of techniques in which a section of a stem with leaf buds (scion) is inserted into the stock of a tree (understock). Grafting is useful however, for more than reproduction of an original cultivar. It is also used to repair injured fruit trees or for topworking an established tree to one or more different cultivars." (adapted from Leonard B. Hertz. 2009. Grafting and Budding Fruit Trees. UMN Extension WW-00532).

Scion wood will be provided for the workshop, however, we encourage you to bring your own apple scion wood from a tree that you would like to propagate. The scion wood needs to be collected now when it is dormant. It should be about the size of a pencil in length and width and should have at least 2 nodes present. It can be stored in a moist, not damp, paper towel and placed in a sealed ziplock bag in your refrigerator. A word of caution, learn if the apple you are interested in propagating has an active plant patent. Propagation of patented plants is a violation of patent laws unless one has a license agreement with the patent holder.

Workshop fee is $20 which includes three potted apple understocks (growing in one gallon pots) and refreshments.

Our workshop presenters are Dr. Todd P. West, Associate Professor of Horticulture, Woody Plant Improvement Program Director, NDSU, Fargo and Mr. Greg Morgenson, Research Specialist, Woody Plants, NDSU, Fargo.

This workshop is sponsored by Randy Nelson, UMN Extension, Clay County and Todd Weinmann, NDSU Extension Service, Cass County. We have a limited number of seats available for this workshop so please register early by filling out the brochure and mailing to Randy Nelson, 715 11th St. N. Suite 107B, Moorhead, MN 56560. Please make checks payable to Clay County.

2014 Apple Grafting Workshop brochure.pdf

High Tunnel Workshop, March 10, 2014

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"High Tunnel Workshop for Home Gardeners & Commercial Growers" is set for Monday, March 10, 2014 at St. Leo's Catholic Church Spirit of Life Center, 211 Langer Ave. N. Casselton, ND from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

High tunnels are a completely separate production technology compared to regular gardening or field production. At its simplest, a high tunnel is a non-permanent structure with no electrical service and no heating. A single layer of greenhouse plastic covers the frame, is left on year-round, and lasts two or three years. Vents are opened and sides rolled up manually. Plants in the tunnel are protected from frost by mulch or row covers.

High Tunnels are becoming very popular in the local food production system as they allow both the commercial grower & home gardener to produce an abundance of early produce and also extend the end of the year growing season. Fruits and vegetables grown in high tunnels are often of very high quality.

The registration fee is $25, which includes lunch, course materials and refreshments. Participants can call Todd Weinmann, NDSU Extension Service, Cass County at 701-241-5707 or Randy Nelson, UMN Extension, Clay County at 218-299-7338 for more information. Registration after March 3 is $35.

High Tunnel Workshop Brochure

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Garden Day, March 8, 2014

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"Gardening Saturday," is set for March 8, 2014, Loftsgard Hall, 1360 Albrecht Boulevard, Fargo, ND from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The registration fee is $20, and includes lunch. Participants can call Todd Weinmann, NDSU Extension Service, Cass County at 701-241-5707 or Randy Nelson, UMN Extension, Clay County at 218-299-7338 for more information. Registration after February 28 is $25.

2014 Gardening Saturday Brochure.pdf

Crops Update, January 21, 2014

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The 2014 Crops Update will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the American Legion, 303, 30th St N, Moorhead, MN. Check out our agenda.pdf

Minnesota Gardening calendar

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Get ready for 2014 with the Minnesota Gardening calendar. This colorful calendar makes a great gift for gardening friends, relatives, or yourself.

Each month's page is loaded with great gardening tips written by UMN Extension Educators Julie Weisenhorn, Robin Trott, and Karl Foord. The 2014 calendar has special sections on native grasses for difficult sites and a vegetable garden planting guide. Additional features include average frost free and USDA Plant Hardiness Zone maps. Purchase your calendar today by stopping at the University of Minnesota Extension office, Clay County. We are located in the Family Service Center, 715 11th St. N. Suite 107B, Moorhead. Cost is $15.

If you have questions regarding this article please call me at the Clay County Extension office at 218-299-5020, 1-800-299-5020 or email me at nels1657@umn.edu.

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Earth-Kind® Hydrangea Trial Plot Tour

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Earth-Kind® Hydrangea Trial Plot Tour

You are invited to attend the Earth-Kind® Hydrangea Trial Plot Tour on Monday, August 19 from 10:00 am until noon. We will meet at the Earth-Kind® Hydrangea Trial located at Cottonwood Park in Dilworth. Your tour guides will be Randy Nelson, UMN Extension, Clay County and Todd Weinmann, NDSU Extension Service, Cass County.

The Earth-Kind® Environmental Landscape Management System was developed by horticulture specialists at Texas AgriLife Extension Service in 1993. The goal is to have people enjoy beautiful, productive landscapes which require only minimal maintenance while providing maximum protection for the environment. The Earth-Kind® Environmental Landscape Management System addresses four major horticulture challenges; stewardship of water resources, abuse/misuse of commercial fertilizers, abuse/misuse of pesticides, and the need to keep yard wastes in the landscape instead of the landfill. Areas within the Earth-Kind® program where research has been especially focused include choosing the most adaptable plants for a given region.

Please join us on Monday, August 19 at 10:00 am to view the hydrangea trial. Many of the hydrangeas will be in bloom (figures 1 and 2).

If you have questions about the plot tour, or to request disability accommodations, please contact Randy Nelson at the University of Minnesota Extension office, Clay County at 218-299-7338, 1-800-299-5020 or email at nels1657@umn.edu.

Cottonwood Park is located on the south side of the city near the intersection of Bean Ave. & Prior St. (From HWY 10 in Dilworth: head south at stoplight. Cross railroad tracks and head east at 'T' to Avon St. Head south on Avon St. Park is located at the end of Avon St. From South Moorhead: At junction of 12 Ave S. and 40th St. S. head east on 12 Ave S to 50th St. S. Head north on 50th St. S. to Bean Ave. Head east on Bean Ave. to Avon St. Go south on Avon St. Park is at end of street).

Check out our website at http://www.co.clay.mn.us/Depts/Extensio/Extensio.htm
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Figure 1. Quick Fire® Hydrangea. Photo taken August 8, 2013.

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Figure 2. Little Lamb Hydrangea. Photo taken August 8, 2013.

EarthKind® Rose Trial Plot Tour

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EarthKind® Rose Trial Plot Tour

You are invited to attend the EarthKind® Rose Trial Plot Tour on Monday, July 1 from 10:00 am until noon. We will meet at the EarthKind® Rose Trial located in Moorhead at Centennial Dog Park, 2210 15th Ave N. From here, we will travel to Oak Tree Park located in Dilworth, to view another EarthKind® Rose Trial. Your tour guides will be Randy Nelson, UMN Extension, Clay County and Todd Weinmann, NDSU Extension Service, Cass County.

The EarthKind® Environmental Landscape Management System was developed by horticulture specialists at Texas AgriLife Extension Service in 1993. Its mission is to provide citizens with cutting-edge, research-based information regarding environmental stewardship for the ornamental landscape. Goals of the EarthKind® program include; reducing landscape water, fertilizer, and pesticide use and reducing yard wastes entering landfills through composting and use of such materials as organic mulches. Areas within the EarthKind® program where research has been especially focused include choosing the most adaptable plants for particular sites.

Please join us on Monday, July 1 at 10:00 am to view several roses that are well adapted to our region.

If you have questions about the plot tour, or to request disability accommodations, please contact Randy Nelson at the University of Minnesota Extension office, Clay County at 218-299-7338, 1-800-299-5020 or email at nels1657@umn.edu. Disability accommodations need to be requested at least one week prior to the event.

Check out our website at http://www.co.clay.mn.us/Depts/Extensio/Extensio.htm
The University of Minnesota, including the University of Minnesota Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

North Dakota State University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, public assistance status, sex, sexual orientation, status as a U.S. veteran, race or religion. Direct inquiries to the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach, 205 Old Main, (701) 231-7708.

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National EarthKind® Summit

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On May 31 through June 2, I had the opportunity to attend a National EarthKind® Summit in Texas. It was a wonderful opportunity and I surprised to see how large roses can get in Texas. This picture was taken at Farmers Branch and I am standing in front of Northern Accents Lena™. It is almost as tall as me and it was previously trimmed to half of its size. In our Moorhead trial this rose tops out around two feet.

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Roses begin to bud out

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Roses at the Northern Earth-Kind® Rose Trial in Moorhead have finally budded out (fig. 1). This site was heavily damaged by rabbits (fig. 2). William Baffin, which last fall was a little over five feet tall, has been reduced to about 15 inches (fig. 3).

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Figure 1. Rose starting to bud out. Photo credit: Randy Nelson, UMN Extension.

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Figure 2. Rose damaged by rabbits. Photo credit: Randy Nelson, UMN Extension.

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Figure 3. William Baffin. Photo credit: Randy Nelson, UMN Extension.

Grafting workshop

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UMN Extension, Clay County and NDSU Extension Service, Cass County hosted a vegetable grafting workshop on April 19. Our workshop was presented by Dr. Chiwon Lee, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, NDSU. Dr. Lee taught participants the basics of vegetable grafting.

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Dr. Chiwon Lee demonstrating a grafting technique. Photo credit: R. Nelson, U of MN Extension

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Tomato scion grafted onto potato root stock. Photo credit: R. Nelson, U of MN Extension

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