Tricounty News

‘Gardening Knowledge for Free’ Sept. 21

A popular event for gardeners in central Minnesota is being offered again this fall. Gardening Knowledge for Free will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Whitney Center in St. Cloud.

Gardening Knowledge for Free is a half-day event of gardening classes offered by the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Stearns County.

This workshop will be held from 8:15–11:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity to get some expert advice for preparing gardening projects for this fall and over the long Minnesota winter.


Petals & Palate Garden Tour and Luncheon July 13

The Annandale Arts Committee invites you to attend their summer fundraiser.

We have a variety of new gardens for our event this year, and homeowners are excited to share them with you!

The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13 with ticket price of $30 per person for tour and lunch.


The Petals & Palate Garden Tour and Luncheon July 13

The Annandale Arts Committee would like to invite you to attend their summer fundraiser. The Petals & Palate Garden Tour and Luncheon is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for Saturday, July 13. Advance tickets only are now available for purchase at the following locations in downtown Annandale: Miller’s Jewelry, In Hot Water Coffee, and All Things Good. In downtown Maple Lake: Irish Blessings Coffeehouse. Ticket price is
$30 per person which includes the tour and luncheon. Five area gardens will be featured on this tour, providing spectacular arrays full of beauty, color and inspiration. The tour will conclude at Fairhaven Farms unique garden setting with lunch provided by Cottage Gourmets. We look forward to seeing you at this very important fundraiser for the “FREE Summer Concerts in the City Park”. Please contact Robin Davidson if you have any questions, (612) 799-2711.


Kimball Community Gardens

Want to garden without the hassle? 50’ x 50’ plots are still available in the Kimball Community Gardens, tilled and ready to plant. Water available on-site. Call Rose at (320) 398-5552. (Cost is $25.)


Nuisance insects appearing in homes during spring

Extension Entomologist Jeffrey Hahn has some tips for homeowners dealing with nuisance pests this spring. Beginning in March, homeowners have been having problems with nuisance insects in their homes, especially cluster flies, Boxelder bugs, and (multicolored Asian) lady beetles. Fortunately, these insects are harmless, although they can be annoying, especially when a lot of them are present. Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with these insects.

• First, it is important to know that these insects are not reproducing indoors. Because they emerge from their hiding places periodically throughout the winter and early spring, it appears they are laying eggs and their offspring are emerging. In fact, all of the insects you see now entered your home last fall. They hibernate in balls or clusters in wall voids, attics, and similar areas. As the temperatures warm, the insects in the outer layers become active first and then emerge into the living quarters of the home, explaining why they do not all become active at the same time.