Local Experts give Gardening Tips to Northlanders

Get Ready to Grow

FLOODWOOD, Minn. – The official start of Spring is just days away and many folks around the Northland are getting anxious to start gardening.

This morning Bob Olen, Horticulturalist and Educator for St. Louis County, stopped by FOX 21 to chat about an upcoming gardening program.

The county is hosting a seminar to give new home fruit and vegetable growing tips.

The program will be March 16, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Downtown Fair Center, 107 West 7th Avenue in Floodwood.

With a theme of “Get Ready to Grow,” this year’s program includes a session on gardening and good nutrition.

Growing fruits and vegetables is a good way to support a healthy lifestyle, but getting started can be intimidating for beginner gardeners.

The program will feature discussion on growing great blueberries, asparagus, tomatoes, squash, and sweet potatoes as well as current weather trends.

Olen, has particular expertise with blueberries, having been involved with the introduction of the original “half high” Minnesota blueberry.

The program fee is $22, and includes the new 2017 edition of Fruits for Northern Minnesota, as well as reference materials and refreshments.

More information is available online at stlouiscountymn.gov/ext or by contacting the St. Louis County Extension Office at 218–749–7120.

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