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 This is about apples. While explaining what I’m going to explain here to a lady in church last Sunday, it dawned on me that I haven’t put this in writing. I’ve written lots of stuff about the forty-plus years I’ve spend killing apple trees, and-or watching them expire of natural causes. But maybe never this.

                She—the lady in church—in the middle of a general discussion about apple trees, mentioned “those little brown tracks inside apples.” As she mentioned them, I realized that she didn’t know what they were, or why they were there.

                Those tracks are left by the number one pest—which is really the only real pest we have here for apples—that apple growers around here fight with. Sure, there are mold and fungus and other various and unusual diseases that can affect apple trees, but they have an enemy too. That enemy is our winter, which, unless warming continues, prevents a lot of these things from if not surviving, at least not becoming as big a problem as is the apple maggot fly.

                That’s why, when you see that brown line running through the middle of your apple, you know you have them, them being the apple maggot fly. Here’s how it works: First, some apples that have had eggs laid in them by the AMF fall on the ground, and lie there, waiting for winter. Then the eggs, which have by now hatched into tiny worms that burrow around inside the apple, leaving that brown track behind them, realize that winter is coming, and they’re going to freeze.

                Well, for Pete’s sakes, how do they know that!?! There are people around here who don’t even know that. I don’t know how they know that if they don’t leave the apple and burrow down into the ground far enough so they don’t freeze to death, they won’t make it. But they do know, and so they dig in.

                Next, summer comes, the ground warms up, the worm warms up, gets up far enough to finish its transformation into the apple maggot fly, and the whole cycle starts again, because as soon as the fly sees a red apple, it lays more eggs, and the whole cycle begins all over again.

                Now, I confess, the actual details on this transformation process weren’t explained really well, or maybe even exactly accurately, but in general, this is what happens.

                Do you live in town? Or within a mile or so of someone who has an apple tree? Chances are that’s where your fly is going to come from,  given that you’ve never left even a single apple lie on the ground going into winter.

                But here’s the good news: The AMF isn’t very smart. If it sees something red, it will try to lay eggs on it. So here’s what I do, and what you can do. Go out and buy the red plastic balls that come with hanger rods and ties—Tom at Grass Roots Nursery on Rush Lake carries them; maybe other nurseries around the area do too—and hang them in your tree. One or two for each. Then, coat those red plastic balls with some goop called “Tangletrap,” which is some evil sticky stuff that will catch and hold the AMF when it lands on the red ball.

                This is messy, and this goop is almost impossible to remove for the next season, so here’s what I do: Pull a sandwich-sized baggie over the red ball, and fasten with a twist tie. Then coat the bag, which you can strip off the next summer. The AMF isn’t real smart, and still likes the red ball underneath the bag.

                I haven’t tried it, but you could maybe even paint a pop can red and use it. If you try it and it works, which you’ll know pretty soon because there’ll be some smallish-sized flies caught there, let me know.

                Oh, I hang the balls as soon as the apples are about marble size. Some trees don’t have apples, so I don’t hang them in those. Good luck.

 

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Grass Roots Meets the Press #73
Trish McClellan and Tom Meinhover meet Viola and Pansy on a Spring Day......April 8th 2017

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Trending at Grass Roots

Today:  Feb. 26th

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Grass Roots on Pioneer Public TV

1.  ...Thanks to Mary Holm Michael Cihak and Staff at Prairie Yard and Garden show for creating such a program.  Now we have an even greater reason for supporting Public TV...you made it personal 

 

2. Check the Fruit Tree Prices We have posted  (Scroll Down) for the Bare Roots Sales this April

 

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Watch this Utube video trailer for details on our TV debut. ....Click Here

 

Just Announced.....the list of Apple Trees that Grass Roots will have for sale this spring.  740 trees of 3 different sizes and prices.  We have both Semi-dwf and Standards

This is the supply we will have this year.......so when they are gone they are gone.  We will have these trees on the Grass Roots site as soon as the frost is out of the ground in April .  If you want the assurance that you will get what you want........PRE-ORDER. by Click Here and send us an email

2017 Prices for BareRoot Trees

Apples:

Size:              BareRoots               Container/Potted

                                     11/16"                     $40                            $70                                                

5/16"                        $35                              $55       

  7/16"                         $33                                $50        

                                                    9/16"                          $37                               $58                                                        

 

        Apricot Moon Gold 

5/16" in size, $35 Bareroot price and  $55 containerized 

 

Pear  Tawara

11/16" in size,  $45 Bareroot price and $75 containerized

 

                                                       

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 Announcing the beginning of a new Grass Roots Podcast.....Polly Peasey and Clean Food.  View this UTube Trailer

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Announcing the opening of our Facebook Live Radio program

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View Grass Roots Meets the Press interview with the production staff of the  Pioneer Public TV's ...Prairie Yard and Garden.  Mary Holm Host as interview  by Tom Meinhover and Trish McClellan.  It is a good overview the history of the popular Garden Show.

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Grass Roots is 40 years old.  Debbie and Tom talk to you in this video....a history.

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Grass Roots has a new Grass Roots Theme Song.  Written by Alan Linda and Performed by Lindy and Mary DuBois.

Trish and Tom talk about the Herb bi-annual Angelica....Fun  1.5 minute  Click Here

Angelica is a plant. The root, seed, and fruit are used to make medicine. Angelica is used for heartburn, intestinal gas (flatulence), loss of appetite (anorexia), arthritis, circulation problems, "runny nose" (respiratory catarrh), nervousness, plague, and trouble sleeping (insomnia).

A wonderful summer theme song for Grass Roots sung by a Mystery Summer visitor....Gina.... at the Grass Roots Ottertail    Click Here

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....to go to our U-Tube video.  The Debut of our new Grass Roots Personality for Clean Food.  Polly Peasey

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Tom Meinhover From Grass Roots Ottertail interviews Kirk from Baileys Nursery ...about Apple Trees

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'New' World's Largest Dragon Fly Web Page for Clean water in Ottertail County Minnesota.

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VISIT A FULL LIST OF 30 OF OUR FAMOUS GRASS ROOTS VIDEOS........PRETTY FUN

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New World's Largest Dragon Fly Web Page for Clean water in Ottertail County Minnesota.

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The World's Largest Dragon Fly is a Grass Roots and Ottertail County symbol for Clean water....check out our video from the Perham Minnesota Parade last summer...2016

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Thanks for coming to Grass Roots during this 2017 season.  We would like to help you select a perfect Holiday Gift card that can be used this spring for the purchases you will make this next spring.  The Grass Roots Gift Card you see below is available now.  Contact us by calling 218 367 2503 or Email  (Tom)

We will custom the Gift Card to your specifications

 

You Tube Video Describing the GrandMothers Care-a-Van to  North Dakota supporting the Sacred Stone Protest

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Congratulations to the Perham Retail Community. Your endless energy to promote our area business is much appreciated.

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Remember to shop local this Holiday Season

GRASS ROOTS ANNOUNCES THE GRAND OPENING OF 

GRASS ROOTS KID'S NURSERY

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NEW THEME AT GRASS ROOTS THIS SPRING.

We try to eliminate plastic containers as much as possible when we plant our flowers.  Pam has chosen and assembled a pretty creative line of repurposed containers for use and created this theme:  Planters with a Past 

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Lori from Lundeens in Fergus Falls has generated this new poster.  We will feature all this at the (Flower Show in Fergus Falls  Click Here) this Saturday and of course as inventory at our inventory at Grass Roots this spring.

Note:  More pictures and videos from the Perham Home and Cabin will be posted on March 13.  Thanks

 

George Washington has send a Press Release to Grass Roots.  Click Here to hear Tom Meinhover of Grass Roots read his Press Release.

Grass Roots Food Theme for 2017

PLANT LIVES MATTER

We know it matters to you that you eat and your family eats the cleanest and freshest food;  Our Grass Roots role:  to try and give you my Tom Grown Plants for you garden and home grown food once our production cycle starts.

 

 

Welcome North Dakota Nursery and Greenhouse  Association

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View a sample of or Grass Roots videos.  Go to the Blue Click Here  and it will send you to youtube.  There are several videos displayed.  Click on any of them and they will play...take your choice. Try 'Veggie Romance' or 'Grass Roots the Beautiful'

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NEW NURSERY WEB PAGE FOR 2016

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Check out the inventory for 2016

 

Best Grass Roots Marketing Video from 2015 by Natalie Karels.  click Here

 

....A video........Poems by Trish, Debbie and Grace and message from Tom on Seedings...December, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 31, 2016

Recent visit by Donald J Trump to Grass Roots.  4th Interview he has done with Grass Roots.  Grace Moberg Interviews.

 

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PLANT LIVES MATTER

DONALD J TRUMP (aka tom) visits Grass Roots to  introduce a chance for you to provide uncontaminated food for your family.  Building a wall between you and bad food.

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ANNOUNCING
 Trish McClellan and Tom Meinhover   introduce you to 2016 Vegetable Program:

PLANT LIVES MATTER
Clean food for you and your family.

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Birth Announcements are posted everyday at 10:00a.m.

 

Best Video of 2015

Debbie tells the of the myth of Forthysia.

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We hand out a Brochure to every customer everyday.  This is an example of the one we handed out on May 1st, 2015