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Sue Morris

Master Gardener

Master Gardener Sue Morris has been writing a column since 1991 for Kandiyohi County newspapers. Morris has been certified through the University of Minnesota as a gardening and horticulture expert since 1983. She lives in Kandiyohi County.

In this final column of the year, Sue Morris includes a report of her gardening season.
Columnist Sue Morris surveys her fellow certified Extension Master Gardener volunteers in Kandiyohi County to learn of their successes or failures in the garden in 2022.
There are currently two dozen certified Extension Master Gardener volunteers in Kandiyohi County. Morris requested information about what went well and what didn’t go as well during the 2022 growing season. For the next two weeks, she will share tidbits from those who responded.
Hollow heart is not harmful and does not affect the quality, taste or nutrition of the vegetable.
Geraniums are an annual in Minnesota. There are several options for bringing them indoors to save for next year’s garden.
Milkweed may be planted in the fall with mulch as protective cover. Now is the time of year to collect the seed, or it may be purchased. Monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on the leaves of milkweed, according to the National Wildlife Federation.
When doing your fall cleanup, do not compost plants that had powdery mildew. It's also time to wrap new trees to protect them this winter.
Morris offers tips on saving seeds for next year's garden and also preparing houseplants to return indoors for the winter.
Storage of winter bulbs varies with the plant, but prepare to dig them before frost. Winter squash may be harvested when mature. With protection, unharvested squash can survive a frost.
Questions about bleached spots on vegetables and fruits have let some to wonder if it's blight, but most often it is sunscald. There has been a lot of intense summer sun this season.