Murray County Master Gardeners hostingSummer Garden Touron July 11
Make plans now to attend the 2019 Murray County Master Gardeners’ Summer Garden Tour on Thursday, July 11 from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Wirock/ Iona/Chandler area.Hosts this year include Nate and Suzi Gengler, Cory and Karen Brown, Alexis Fransen, Doug and Grace Hart, Pat and Lisa Kremer – The Barn at Corabelle, and Sharon and Jim Peterson.
Vegetable and flower gardens will be included in the tour, as well examples of unique landscaping features.A rain date has been set for July 12; listen to KJOE Radio 106.1 FM for postponement announcements.
Tickets and maps will be available from all Murray County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension in Murray County and Slayton banks beginning June 24.Tickets will also be available for purchase at any of the garden sites during the tour on July 11.Tickets are $5.00, with proceeds going to community garden projects.
These gardens will offer a wide variety of plants and landscaping.Participate in the tour on
July 11 to see the beautiful gardens and get some ideas for your own projects.
Murray County Master Gardeners are David Bau, Gaylene Chapman, Colleen Gengler, Mona Henkels, Betty Kassel, Matt Meier, Marilyn Moger, Jan Scherbart, Kathy Schwartz, Jolene Nelson and Patty White.
Call University of Minnesota Extension-Murray County Office at 507-836-6927 if you have questions regarding the tour.
Special NRCS Program Sign-up Announced: Cover Crops for Fallow Fields
NRCS offering a conservation option for farmers who couldn’t plant because of wet fields
Slayton, June 12, 2019 – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Minnesota is offering a special Environmental Quality Incentive Program sign-up for farmers who couldn’t plant their crops because of flooded or wet fields. The deadline for sign-up is Friday, July 12. This EQIP sign-up is an opportunity for farmers to plant a cover crop, which they could later cut for hay or graze. It provides an alternative to letting fields go fallow and uncovered. Landowners should coordinate with other USDA farm agencies when participating in related programs.
The goal of the program is to encourage farmers to plant cover crops to increase water quality, suppress weeds, and improve soil health on areas not planted to crops. Cover crops also bring soil vitality by adding nutrients and organic matter. Many fields that are saturated for a long time face a loss of soil organisms. Cover crop roots reestablish soil health and create pathways for air and water to move through the soil, which is key to restoring it.
To apply for this special EQIP Cover Crop for Fallow Feeds funds, contact your local NRCS Office. The deadline for sign-up is Friday, July 12. Applications will be ranked based on environmental benefits. For more information in Murray County, contact Cheryl, Allisa, or Donna at your local NRCS Office.
Great Slayton Area Get Together June 27
The Community Band Concert on Thursday June 27th at 7 PM will feature “Trombone King,” “Best of Queen,” and “Sing for America.”“Amazing Grace” will feature a trumpet solo by Mark Holton.Schaap Sanitation Relay for Life Team will be offering Cattleman’s burgers, chips, homemade strawberry shortcake and beverage for $6.00.$4.00 if you just want the burger.
The death rate for lung cancer dropped by 48% from 1990 to 2016 among men and by 23% from 2002 to 2016 among women, with declines accelerating among both men and women in recent years. The death rate for female breast cancer dropped by 40% from 1989 to 2016. For prostate cancer, mortality dropped 51% from 1993 to 2016. Colorectal cancer mortality dropped by 53% from 1970 to 2016.
Bring your lawn chair and come to Gullord Park for an evening meal, enjoy a musical concert, and support a local cause.What could be a better “Get Together!”
Please Note**There will be a concert on Tuesday, July 2nd next week.
FREE Classes for People New to Medicare
There are important decisions that need to be made when you become eligible for Medicare. Making the wrong decision can lead to not having any or enough health care coverage and financial penalties. The Senior LinkAge Line® through the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging® (MNRAAA) is sponsoring two classes for people who will soon be eligible for Medicare. Participants will learn the basics of Medicare and their coverage options in Minnesota during the first class. They will also learn how to research these options using non-biased tools, such as the Medicare website and the Medicare Plan Finder Tool during the second class.
Classes are held in Slayton on the second and third Monday of the month. Call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433 to register.
The Senior LinkAge Line® is a free statewide service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging. The Senior LinkAge Line® is the federally-designated State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Minnesota and is the place to call for Medicare and health insurance issues. Call 1-800-333-2433 for assistance or go to www.MinnesotaHelp.info® to chat live with a Senior LinkAge Line® specialist.
WHO: Senior LinkAge Line® and Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA)
WHAT: Free Classes for People New to Medicare
WHEN: Second and Third Monday of each month
WHERE: Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, 1939 Engebretson Ave., Slayton, MN
Visit our website at: www.mnraaa.org
Get the Dirt
Kathy Schwartz, Murray County Master Gardener
Wait to prune spring flowering shrubs such as forsythias, azaleas, and lilacs until just after they are through blooming. Prune junipers, yews and other small evergreens once new growth begins to expand. Prune selectively; don’t remove all new growth.
To re-use clay pots from year to year scrub off any dirt or debris, then soak them one-half hour in a ten percent bleach solution. Use nine parts room temperature water to one part liquid chlorine bleach. After a through rinsing, they will be as good as new. You can also rinse your pruners/tools in this mixture so diseases are not transferred.
Information provided by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.