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9 garden planning tips for the greatest return

We’ve all done it…gotten overzealous in spring and overplanted or planted the wrong varieties for our tastes and needs. Make this the year you plan your garden for the best return on your investment. First, prepare a list before placing your catalog order or making that first trip to the ...

Let’s Cook: Heritage Singer Variety Show

Hey, guess what started in Minot this week? I will give you a clue. It has to do with singing, comical skits, and it has been an annual event for the past 32 years. If you guessed the Heritage Singers Variety Show, you are right. Those of you who have been to the show know it is variety with a ...

Prairie Fare: Can you guess the vegetable?

Let’s see if you can guess one of America’s favorite vegetables with a few clues. – On average, Americans eat nearly 9 pounds of this vegetable per year. – The first varieties of this vegetable were purple. Now, more than 100 varieties exist in a rainbow of colors. – This ...

Expand your edible garden indoors

No matter the season, size of your garden or climate, you can inject homegrown flavor into your meals. Just clear a shelf, countertop or windowsill and get busy planting herbs, greens and even tomatoes to enjoy year-round. For quick results, grow microgreens. These nutrient packed edibles are ...

PrairieFare: Ask yourself some heart-health questions

At this time of the year, you probably are seeing heart-shaped boxes and bags of candy in pink or red-themed bags beckoning you from the shelves of grocery or department stores. You might be enticed to buy a box for yourself or your sweetie. You work hard. You deserve a treat, right? These ...

Houseplants become more active as days get longer

Houseplants are quick to tell you when they need help. They display discolored leaves, drooping stems, and little or no growth. That usually gives you enough time to make things right. “Plants send signals simply by the way they look,” said Dawn Pettinelli, an Extension educator at the ...

Keep houseplants healthy while keeping pets safe

You love them both – your pets and houseplants – but it can be challenging to safely raise them together in the same house. Reduce the risk by selecting pet-safe plants and safely managing houseplant pest problems. Avoid problems by selecting plants suited to your home’s growing ...

Let’s Cook: The Valentine Box

Sometime do you need both a joy and a challenge? The two can come from the same activity this month, and that activity is making a Valentine box. It has been many years since my school days but hardly a year passes that I do not take the time to make a Valentine Box. Last year’s Valentine ...

PrairieFare: How often do you eat fish or shellfish?

Have you ever had “food regrets”? I’m not referring to eating way too much food at Thanksgiving or other holidays. While I was in Gulfport, Miss., I had the opportunity to try a food that I have pretty much avoided since childhood. Do you know what foods the Gulf Coast is noted for? ...

Keep your Valentine flowers looking their best

Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a fresh bouquet of flowers. Make sure your gift provides many days of enjoyment by selecting the freshest flowers and providing the best possible care. Take some time to evaluate the quality of the cut flowers you plan to purchase. Select fresh ...

PrairieFare: What’s your game plan for food safety on game day?

The Super Bowl is just around the corner. Game day usually includes bowls and platters of food to serve family and friends. In fact, the Super Bowl is the second largest day for food consumption after Thanksgiving. In other words, the day usually involves a lot of chips and various dips, ...

NDSU Extension offers youth gardening grants

Grants of up to $1,000 for youth gardening projects are available through North Dakota State University Extension. Approximately 50 projects are supported across the state each year. According to NDSU Agriculture Communicaton information, funds may be used to purchase gardening supplies ...

Grow Houseplants with style and convenience in mind

It starts with one plant on a sunny windowsill then morphs into an impenetrable jungle. You may feel you need a machete to reach each individual plant to water and tend. Clear the way to improved growing conditions and convenient care while showcasing every plant with style. Group plants with ...

Prairie Fare: Bake some comforting biscuits this winter

All restaurants and stores were closed due to the blizzard, and I was in search of comfort food for brunch. Biscuits and scrambled eggs with the leftover holiday ham sounded tasty to me. “Do we have any canned biscuits?” I asked as I searched the fridge. “I don’t think so,” my ...

Low-maintenance succulents make watering a breeze

Looking for an easy plant to care for? Try a succulent. Any plant with fleshy stems or leaves is called a succulent. Aside from cacti, only a few other plant families have succulent members. All these succulents, cactus or not, are low-maintenance. SOME NON-CACTUS SUCCULENTS One family ...

Let’s Cook: Never underestimate the power of a casserole

I have taken on the task in 2020 to look through the mound of cookbooks, recipe cards and gathered cookery tips that I have collected over the years. My interest in the kitchen started early, and I do have the photograph to verify it! I could walk by baseball cards, matchbox cars, and bugs, but ...

Select a quality potting mix for gardening success

Improve your indoor and outdoor container gardening success with a quality potting mix. This can be more difficult than it sounds since you can’t see or feel the product you are about to buy. Ask your gardening friends for recommendations and once at the garden center, check the package, and ...

Roof snow removal probably not necessary

This winter’s heavy snowfall has people wondering whether they need to remove snow from the roof of their house or agricultural building. “Most roofs are designed to handle the snow load of a typical winter,” North Dakota State University Extension agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang ...

2020 Field to Fork webinar schedule set

North Dakota State University Extension again will host the Field to Fork “Wednesday Webinar” series starting in February. Experts from across the region will provide information about growing, processing and serving specialty-crop fruits and vegetables safely. The “Field to Fork ...

Prairie Fare: How do plant- and animal-based ‘burgers’ compare?

“How scientific do you want to be?” my husband asked. I set the tray at the fast-food restaurant in front of him. “I just want to be objective,” I replied. I didn’t have a sensory evaluation booth handy, where we could change the lights to disguise the sandwiches. I had seen ...