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OWOSSO — The Home Garden Business EXPO, which had been rescheduled for August, has been canceled because of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order preventing indoor gatherings of more than 50 people due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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If you’ve dreamed of sweeping displays of your favorite flowers or carpeting that hard-to-mow hillside with durable ground cover, but get sticker-shock when pricing out the plants, remember that you have other options. With a little time and effort, you can multiply the plants that you alrea…

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I think we all have a vision of grandmother’s garden, even if we didn’t know our own grandmother or she didn’t garden. It’s a nostalgic idea of simple flowers from a simpler time, home grown food, and a sense of gardening as history handed down through the generations.

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German-bearded irises are one of our most showy spring perennials. Large flowers come in an amazing array of sizes and colors, and to sort through them all it is helpful to have a basic familiarity with the flower parts.

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SHIAWASSEE TWP. — During a special meeting Monday, the Shiawassee County Fair Board of Directors voted to cancel the 2020 fair, citing health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus — the first time the fair has been canceled since World War II.

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OWOSSO — To celebrate Mother’s Day, United Way of Genesee County serving Shiawassee County, in partnership with Shiawassee Family YMCA, Dan McMaster and The Greater Lansing Food Bank, have worked together to support Shiawassee families in receiving seeds for victory gardens.

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OWOSSO — The Downtown Owosso Farmers Market kicked off its 2020 season Saturday, though the number of attendees was limited at any one time to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As of 11:30 a.m. Saturday, approximately 700 people had gone through the market.

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Many people have started plants from seed this year, hoping to reduce trips to the grocery store and ensure a ready supply of fresh produce. Flowers to beautify the garden are appealing too, as we’re anticipating spending more time at home, with travel and community activities cancelled or u…

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OWOSSO — To celebrate Mother’s Day, United Way of Genesee County serving Shiawassee County, in partnership with Shiawassee Family YMCA, Dan McMaster and The Greater Lansing Food Bank, have worked together to support Shiawassee families in receiving seeds for victory gardens.

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HAZELTON TWP. — The Juddville United Methodist Church is offering three agricultural scholarships for Shiawassee County student taking part in 4-H or FFA.

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Septic systems are a way of life for rural homeowners and offer a convenient and efficient way to treat home wastewater. There are 1.3 million on-site septic systems in Michigan and an estimated 10% are failing. A failing septic system contributes harmful bacteria into surface and groundwate…

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CORUNNA — Corunna FFA members traveled to East Lansing with 2000-plus members from across the state to participate in contests, degree ceremonies and attend the sessions March 4-6.

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CORUNNA — Participants are invited to get a preview of new plants available this year at the next meeting of The Owosso Garden Club at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 111 S. Shiawassee St.

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NEW LOTHROP — The New Lothrop FFA Chapter conducted its greenhand and chapter degree ceremony Dec. 10, hosted by the junior and senior officer teams.

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This week we’ll continue our review of the All-America Selections winners for vegetables. These varieties have been rigorously tested in garden trials across North America and passed with flying colors, earning the status of AAS winner.

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ST. JOHNS — The Clinton Conservation District and MSU Extension are partnering with AgroLiquid North Central Research Station to host a workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at the AgroLiquid NCRS, 5605 N. Findlay Road.

Septic systems are a way of life for rural homeowners and offer a convenient and efficient way to treat home wastewater. There are 1.3 million on-site septic systems in Michigan and an estimated 10% are failing. A failing septic system contributes harmful bacteria into surface and groundwate…

SHIAWASSEE TWP. — The Miss Shiawassee County Fair queen pageant has been postponed, and will be rescheduled for April 25, officials said this week.

CORUNNA — Corunna FFA members traveled to East Lansing with 2000-plus members from across the state to participate in contests, degree ceremonies and attend the sessions March 4-6.

CORUNNA — Participants are invited to get a preview of new plants available this year at the next meeting of The Owosso Garden Club at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 111 S. Shiawassee St.

NEW LOTHROP — The New Lothrop FFA Chapter conducted its greenhand and chapter degree ceremony Dec. 10, hosted by the junior and senior officer teams.

This week we’ll continue our review of the All-America Selections winners for vegetables. These varieties have been rigorously tested in garden trials across North America and passed with flying colors, earning the status of AAS winner.

ST. JOHNS — The Clinton Conservation District and MSU Extension are partnering with AgroLiquid North Central Research Station to host a workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at the AgroLiquid NCRS, 5605 N. Findlay Road.

We’re half way through February and so far have been spared an abundance of winter weather. Nonetheless, winter seems to be dragging on. And the treasures in those abundant mail-order gardening catalogs grow more tempting daily.

The Ovid-Elsie FFA chapter recently announced award winners at the district leadership contest event. Josie Nash won a gold award in the Job Interview event and adanced to regionals. Willow Evans and Cassidy Harris both won gold in Junior High Public Speaking and advanced. Clarisse Fitzpatri…

SHIAWASSEE TWP. — The Shiawassee Conservation District is hosting a beekeeping workshop aimed at beginning beekeepers and those who are considering beekeeping.

OVID — From among thousands of 4-H participants in Michigan, Caleb Hall recently was selected as the 2019 4-H Animal Science Sportsperson of the Year.

Is it a fruit or a vegetable? While not the same level of deep philosophical question as, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?,” it has been the topic of debate in many garden and kitchen conversations.

VENICE TWP. — The black walnut stands majestically in the front yard of Kelly Iott and Mike Chrzan’s home, an example of near-perfect symmetry and form in nature.

Amber Szakal, fourth from left, was recognized on Nov. 18 by the Corunna Public Schools Board of Education for earning a national silver award in the dairy handlers competition at the national FFA convention Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in Indianapolis. She also won a state dairy handlers event in July.

INDIANAPOLIS — On Oct. 29, 10 members of the Perry FFA chapter traveled to the 92nd National FFA Convention, along with students from Byron, Corunna and Durand.

CORUNNA — The November Owosso Garden Club meeting is a hands-on, make-and-take, holiday table centerpiece workshop, presented by the staff from Peacock Road Farm.

It’s prime time to enjoy one of the most breathtaking seasons of the year. Nature’s vistas blaze with color; scarlet, ruby, golden yellow and myriad shades in between. Most dramatic are the large trees, dominated by the many maples native to our area and accented with beech, birch, poplars a…

OWOSSO — Superheroes, dinosaurs, princesses and witches were among the many fantastic characters roaming the streets Saturday as the city hosted its annual downtown trick-or-treat.