The Painted Lady Butterflies are here.

Painted lady butterflies have been fluttering all around us for several days.

Farmers, though, started noticing the butterflies about a month ago.

Painted ladies often lay their eggs in soybeans. When those eggs become caterpillars, they feed on soybean foliage. Farmers refer to them as thistle caterpillars, because they prefer to eat thistle-type crops.

Enjoy the painted ladies while you can.

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Come join us at our next Garden Club Meeting!

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Our next garden club meeting is Wednesday August 16 at 1:00 p.m. our presenter will be JoAnn  Weaver.

She will be presenting “Gifts from the Garden”

We will have a short meeting after her presentation.

We meet at the Crosslake Community Center. Hope to see you there!

 

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Plant Sale – June 10th

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Crosslake Area Garden Club will hold their annual plant sale on June 10th at the Crosslake Community Center Shelter from 8:30 to 11:30

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Low Maintenance Gardening & Pollinator Habitat

Beth Hippert, a resource technician and wetland specialist at the Crow Wing SWCD will present at our June 21st Crosslake Garden Club meeting.  Learn how to apply  basic principles for restoration of the natural environmental processes to create your own beautiful, functional native landscape.

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Colorful Containers for all Seasons

Coflower_basket_4_brwn_2pngme join us on Wednesday May 17th at 1:00 p.m. Our presenter will be Master Gardner Julie Foster. Just in time for you to take some ideas home and create your own colorful container.

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Good to know!

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Rhubarb leafstalks (the part we consume) should not be harvested if the leaves are wilted and limp after a hard freeze. The leaves of the rhubarb plant, which should never be eaten, contain a toxic substance called oxalic acid. After a hard frost oxalic acid may move from the leaves into the leafstalk. Under normal harvest the leafstalk is cut at the base and the leaf blades are trimmed off. If consumed the oxalic acid can cause you to become sick. All rhubarb leaf stalks/petioles that have been exposed to freezing temperatures should be removed and discarded. The re-growth is safe to eat.

(University of Illinois Extension. May 1, 2014)

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Shoreland Restoration

Ever wonder how to improve your shoreland?  Just what are best practices?  Darren Mayers, a District Technician for the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District will speak on shoreland restoration, Wednesday, April 19th at the Crosslake Garden Club Meeting.  He has been in this position for 5 years, during which time he has installed over 50 Best Management Practices for water, soil and habitat conservation along shorelines.  He is also a Forester and is developing a small, private woodland program with the SWCD.  Invite your friends and bring your questions!

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Shoreline Restoration

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Come join us on Wednesday April 19 at 1:00 p.m. Darren Mayers from (SWCD) Soil and Water Conservation District of Crow Wing County will be joining us to present  “Shoreline Restoration”. We meet at the Crosslake Community Center.

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Garden Voices: Writers from the Garden

JoAnn Weaver will be speaking at 1:00 pm on February 15th for the Crosslake Garden Club.  Writers often have wonderful gardens which are beautifully described in books and articles that offer inspiration for our personal gardening style.  This presentation will highlight the writings of such individuals as Beatrix Potter, Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville West, Charlette Moss, Bunny Williams, C.Z. Guest and other Garden writings.

JoAnn is a U of M Extension Master Gardener.  She is a retired nurse who gardens, keeps chickens and tends two beehives.  Her presentation is sure to informative and interesting as we get a peek into the private gardens of some of our favorite authors.

 

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Come, hear and see pictures showing the official Peter Rabbit Garden.

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Master Gardeners Expo

U of M Extension  Master Gardeners in Crow Wing County would like to invite you to this annual event. Registration is now open for the Expo. It is Saturday April 1st  at the Brainerd Senior High School. Just click on this link Crow Wing County Master Gardeners website for more information . There will also be registration forms at our next meeting. This Expo does fill up quickly.

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