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GARDENING

People are once again venturing out and planting gardens, so what should Brainerd lakes area residents be planting that will grow locally, when should they be planting, what tips are there for beginners and for those with mobility problems or small spaces, how can they also garden?
While red is by far a hummingbird's favorite color, they will also feed on blue, yellow, and purple flowers.
"Fielding Questions" columnist Don Kinzler also answers questions about spraying newly seeded grass and dealing with quackgrass in raspberries.
Gardening takes more than just water and soil. Find out how to make things grow in the Brainerd lakes area.

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Gardeners should do their homework to avoid bringing jumping worms home. They should check with gardening supply stores to find out where they source mulch. In addition to looking over mulch brought home from the store, gardeners should inspect plants over a week before putting them in the ground.
Raptors and waterfowl are most affected by Avian Flu; whereas songbirds are not widely affected.
"Growing Together" columnist Don Kinzler says it comes down to doing seemingly small tasks well.
If you would like to prolong your harvest and enjoyment of gladiolus blooms, plant some bulbs every two weeks from now until mid-June.
"Fielding Questions" columnist Don Kinzler also answers questions about perennial hibiscus and the size of seed potatoes.
Knowing that it soon will be gardening season has helped get me through the ice, snow, rain, hail and wind that has been the reality of the past two weeks of northern Plains living.

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"Fielding Questions" columnist Don Kinzler also hears from readers about when it's safe to first mow lawns this spring and how to try planting a pot of hyacinths.
"Growing Together" columnist Don Kinzler reminds readers of things like the best height to mow the lawn and what to do if a late spring frost threatens a garden.
Hardy roses do not typically need any extra winter protection since they will regrow from the roots if the canes are damaged.

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