From blueberries to asparagus - growing healthy in the Northland

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Extension Office • 2503 Rice Lake Road • Duluth, MN 55811 • (218) 733-2870

307 First Street S., Suite 105 • Virginia, MN 55792 • (218) 749-7120

Patty Swedberg
Extension Administrator




February 24, 2017

CONTACT: Patty Swedberg

St. Louis County Extension Administrator

(218) 733-2879

Spring gardening program highlights new fruit and veggie growing tips

The unseasonable warmth of the last few weeks has many gardeners dreaming of getting back into their gardens. To help kick off the gardening season, St. Louis County Extension will conduct a seminar on home fruit and vegetable production. 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. Offering tips to make it easier will be Horticulturist Bob Olen and Agriculturist Kendall Dykhuis.


The program also 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. Pre-registration is recommended.


More information is available online at or by contacting the St. Louis County Extension Office at 218-749-7120.



Get ready to Grow spring gardening extravaganza 2017