Tricounty News

Time for watering and lawn seeding


Plentiful spring and early summer rainfall has been replaced by a lack of adequate summer rainfall. Flower and vegetable gardens most likely need additional water. Water these once to twice weekly depending on how dry they get. Any areas in full sun may need additional watering. Water heavily each time the flowers and vegetables need watering, and then do not water again until the soil appears dry. A little bit of water stress on the plants will push the root systems down deeper into the soil, but a lot of water stress will cause dieback on root systems.


Make your own sauerkraut


The word sauerkraut means “sour cabbage” in German – it’s naturally fermented cabbage. Natural fermentation is one of the oldest means of food preservation, and it reduces the risk of foodborne illness and food spoilage.

Sauerkraut is a low-calorie food, only 42 calories per cup. It’s a good source of vitamin C. It is high in sodium because of the salt used in fermentation. You can reduce the sodium content, as well as the tartness, by rinsing sauerkraut in cold water before using.

Sauerkraut can easily be made and preserved at home with its basic ingredients of cabbage and salt. Use a researched tested recipe, as the proportion of salt to cabbage is critical to the quality and safety of sauerkraut.

To make good sauerkraut, begin by selecting disease-free, firm, sweet, mature heads of cabbage from mid-and late-season crops. Begin cleaning and shredding the cabbage within 24 to 48 hours of harvest. A kraut cutter is the traditional way to shred the cabbage, but a modern-day food processor moves the process along and saves on the fingers.


Aug. 7: Flower Show Aug. 7 in Dassel

The annual Dassel Flower Show will be from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Dassel History Center, 901 First St. N. There is no admission charge.

The theme of the show this year is “Melody in Bloom.”

In addition to viewing the flower show, there will also be a professional flower arranging tip session at 2:30 p.m. with Chuck Ortquist of Chuck’s Floral of Cokato. Music will be provided, and refreshments will be served.

Horticultural specimens, floral arrangements and photography will be judged.

Entries will be received at the History Center between 8 and 11:45 a.m.

There is no entry fee, and ribbons will be awarded.

The rules, tips and schedule are available at the Dassel History Center, 901 First Street, (320) 275-3077, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and on the website The show is sponsored by the Dassel Area Historical Society.


Invasion of beetles

The season of False Japanese Beetles, Strigoderma arbicola, has started. False Japanese beetles are a member of the Junebug family and are native to Minnesota and often called spring rose beetles. In addition to the False Japanese Beetle, potential recent discovery of the Japanese Beetle, Popillia japonica, have been detected in Stearns County. Both beetles are destructive to yards and gardens.


False Japanese Beetles are often found in grassy, sandy areas especially in Anoka, Sherburne, Benton, and Stearns counties. These pests are about 7/16 inch long and the beetle’s thorax and head are a dull metallic green while its wing covers are a brown. False Japanese Beetles feed, mate and lay eggs in the spring and generally disappear from the garden by the end of July.


Munsinger and Clemens Garden Tours


Leaves rustling in the wind, birds chirping, butterflies fluttering, and acres of gorgeous flowers, shrubs, and trees. Doesn’t that sound nice? Join an Extension Master Gardener for a tour of Munsinger and Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud.

University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners will serve as your tour guide as you travel throughout parts of Munsinger and Clemens Gardens for an hour and 15-minute tour. Discover what is blooming and learn about the variety of plants, historic hardscape, and creative design layouts of these breath-taking gardens along the Mississippi River. In addition, the Extension Master Gardeners will share the history of the gardens and how they came about to be what they are today.