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GARDENING

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As the summer waned, Jenny Schlecht thought she had won the battle against garden pests and looked forward to a feast of sweet corn. The area raccoons made sure to let her know that she was wrong.
Travis Gienger said the pumpkin he’s growing this year could weigh more than the one he grew in 2020, which was the heaviest pumpkin in North America that year.
The past two years, as the number of coyotes in our neighborhood has decreased, there has been a commensurate increase in the rabbits.
"The cool, dreary May meant that we kept pushing back our planting until it was a good week or two past the point we would have liked to have seeds and plants in the ground. But the weather warmed up, and we certainly haven't been dealing with drought."
The Village has expanded from feeding 150 families in the Rochester area to 200 families in less than one year and serves over 15 immigrant communities in the city.
Gardening has many health benefits.

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Master gardeners are able to learn about native plants such as white sage and sweetgrass, which have medicinal and ceremonial uses in the Prairie Island Community.
Terry Yockey, volunteer leader for the Goodhue County Extension Master Gardeners, said the pandemic brought an uptick in master gardener participation.
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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