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Pa00e 12 • 1 1 IIII1 t11T • Thursday, May 7, 2009 14,&amp;,&MI, tmMI.g& t, df Tri-Coun News • Kimball, MN Mr. Potato Head Kimball flower pot program Dirt work: Preparing the soil The city of Kimball will again be doing the "Adopt a Flower Pot" ing its structure is the same: add- ing organic matter. You will need to add compost, leaves, grass clip- pings, straw, composted manure, moistened peat moss, or well-rot- ted manure. If you have clay, avoid work- ing the soil or walking on plant- ing beds while wet; this causes soil compaction. Also don't till too much, if clay is worked too fine it has a tendency to get very hard when it dries. Dig in your organic matter with a shovel or hoe rather than tilling it in, tilling can pul- verize soil into too fine a texture. Mulch between plants with leaves, grass clippings, straw or shredded bark to keep soil from forming a crust. If you have sand, you will need to add plenty of organic matter to help retain more moisture and add plant nutrients. You should also mulch bare soil to retain moisture. The weather is right to start planting the cool-season crops such as lettuce, radishes, onions, cabbage, peas and cauliflower. Cool-season crops germinate and grow best during our nice spring days. If we have a little bit of frost, it won't be a problem for these types of plants. Remember that last snow storm? I can't, either, 'cuz it's SPRING! Get out there and get gardening! Next time: All of your gardening questions. If there aren't enough to fill a column, I'll just have to make some up. If you have gar- dening question or suggestions for Mr. Potato Head please e-real ! him at <tricounty.potatohead@gmail. corn>. Mr. Potato Head is Stearns County Master Gardener and Kim- ball resident Rick Ellis. It may just be "dirt" to us, but for your plants the soil is home. When it comes to gardening, good soil preparation is one of the keys to success. A good place to begin is to understand the type of soil in your garden. Your soil is most likely a mix- ture of sand, silt and clay, with one predominating. Sand has the larg- est particles, silt is in the middle, and clay particles are the small- est. To find out what you've got, squeeze a handful of slightly damp soil. If it just falls apart, you likely have sandy soil. If it forms a hard, smooth ball, you're at the other end of the spectrum with clay soil. If your soil resembles crumbly chocolate cake and is easy to dig, you've won the gardener's equiva- lent of the lottery: loam soil, which is about 20 percent clay, 40 percent sand, and 40 percent silt. Most plants thrive in this loamy soil when it is moist but well drained- a seeming contradiction that sire, ply means soil that retains mois- ture, but doesn't stay too wet. Remember that the plants in your garden need three things from the soil to grow: air, water and nutrients. Garden soils that are very sandy let water drain through quickly and dry out fast, plant nutrients drain out quickly too. Clay soils are rich in min- eral-based elements and nutrients that plants need, but they have the opposite problem: they eas- ily become waterlogged, as vital air pores fill with water. This can kill off soil organisms and injure or destroy plant roots. Whether your soil is sandy or heavy clay, the solution to improv- program. The Chamber of Com- merce will award first-, second- and third-place awards Friday, Aug, 7, at the "Little Miss Kim- ball" coronation. If you are inter- ested in adopting a pot, or for more information, please call Chris at City Hall (320) 398-2725, 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Master Gardener plant sale May 16 By Carl Hoffman, U ofM Extension Perennials, flowering annuals, vegetable plants, houseplants, heir- loom plants, and more will be on sale at a huge plant sale on Satur- da3; May 16, at Riverside Park Shel- ter, 1725 Kilian Boulevard Southeast in St. Cloud. Riverside Park Shel- ter is located south of Munsinger and Clemens Gardens in southeast St. Cloud. The sale will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will last until 11:30 a.m., unless all the plants are sold earlier. There will be no early sales. The plant sale is sponsored by the Stearns County Master Gar- deners. The master gardeners have grown all of the plant material that will be sold at the sale. Master gar- deners will be present to answer your gardening questions and assist you in selecting plants. The proceeds of this sale will be used for educational and beautification projects in the county. If you are looking for perenni- als to add to your border, flower- ing annuals for beds or contain- ers, plants for your woodland or prairie gardens, vegetable plants for your garden or houseplants to brighten the interior of your home, don't miss this sale! There will be a lot of good quality plants for sale at reasonable prices. Mark May 16 on your calendar and come when the sale opens for best selection. Garden plots available The Kimball Community Gar- dens has a few remaining plots available. Please call Rose or Ed Borman at (320) 398-5552. Kimball Cemetery meeting The annual-meeting of the Kim- ball Cemetery Corporation will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Kimball Fire and Rescue Hall, 300 N. Elm St. in Kimball. All those people who own cemetery lots or have relatives interred in the Kim- ball Cemetery are encouraged to attend. Legal Notice UNOFFICIAL MINUTES CLEARWATER RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT BOARD OF MANAGERS MEETING APRIL 8, 2009 - 7:00 P.M. ANNANDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL, ANNANDALE, MN Manager Brunsell called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Managers Bob Schiefelbein, Mark Kampa, Marvin Brunsell, Jerry Risberg, and Roland Froyen were present. Others in atten- dance were Engineer Rebecca Kluckhohn of Wenck Associates, Inc, assistant administrator Den- nis Loewen, and MPCA represen- tative Maggie Leach. Motion #09-04-1: Kampa, sec- onded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt the agenda, All managers voted aye. Motion #09-04-2: Kampa, sec- onded by Schiefelbein, made a motion to adopt the consent agenda. All managers voted aye. Engineer Kluckhohn explained an e-mail that she recently circu- lated regarding the change in frog numbers in the area. Motion #09-04-3: Kampa, sec- onded by Risberg, made a motion to pay bills. All managers voted aye. Motion #09-04-4: Froyen, sec- onded by Kampa, made a motion to authorize CRWD administra- tors and Wenck Associates, Inc. to develop a proposal to legisla- tors to request grant funds from Clean Water Legacy Funds, Stim- ulus Package Funds, or other avail- able funding for the Lake Betsy Hypolimnetic Withdrawal and Irri- gation Pilot Study at a total cost of $291,360. All managers voted aye. Discussion regarding the pre- vious motion included the need for stakeholder involvement and meetings to compliment the with- drawal activity. Motion #09-04-5: Froyen, sec- onded by Kampa, made a motion to have CRWD administrators, Wenck Associates, Inc, and man- ager Schiefelbein develop a pro- posal for funding of costs associ- ated with soil testing of agricul- tural cropland. All managers voted aye. MPCA representative Maggie Leach discussed Total Maximum Daily Load information that she recently provided to the CRWD and Wenck Associates. Inc. Assistant administrator Loe- wen presented the following: 1. List of entities invited to par- ticipate in wastewater discussion. 2. Presented Kevin Kloeppner Report on Hidden River Wastewa- ter Treatment System. 3. Reviewed filing cabinets pur- chased and delivered to the CRWD at a cost of $782. 4. Attendance at Wright County 5th Grade Day on May 12, 2009. 5. Requested permission to attend road salt seminar. Motion #09-04-6: Schiefel- bein, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adjourn. All managers voted aye. These minutes are available at <>. CRWD audit reports are avail- able at the Annandale Public Library. Manager, Marvin Brunsell Secretary, Mark Kampa Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, May 7, 2009. RoSe Lh'ller . , , e,, p-'"-O. ater ,s our business! 14311 55 TM St:. NW Annandale,, MN 20+Years in Well and Pump Service Call "Rollie" 320-274-3856 Ce11320-980-1212 !iiglii! (320) 398-7900 ° (888) 785-2812 Mon. thru Sat. 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