#Living

Drought toll on lawns and trees

The start of our third year of drought coupled with some abnormally hot temperatures in the past three to four weeks has put a great amount of stress on lawns, trees and shrubs. One does not have to look far to see many examples of this stress. There are some things that you can do to help your ...

Veeder: All the things to love

Last night, as we were driving back to the ranch late from a performance in a bigger town, my dad said he wishes he could live a whole other lifetime so he would have time to fit in all of the things he wants to do. He said it sort of casually to our friend sitting in the passenger’s seat, ...

Flower bed maintenance keeps gardens looking their best

A bit of grooming and care will keep your flower gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months and into fall. Remove the flower stems of salvias, veronicas and similar flowers as the blooms begin to fade. Use a pruner or sharp garden scissors and cut just above the first set of ...

Living with gophers

The prairie animals that most of us call “gophers” are properly named Richardson Ground Squirrels. Their normal home is in a short grass pasture or field in the country. But they seemed to have learned from their neighbors, the deer, Canada geese, and wild turkeys, and have moved into ...

Prevent tick-borne diseases while enjoying the outdoors

You’ve grabbed your water bottle, sunscreen and hat for a hike in the park or some gardening. Add a bit of tick protection to your must-have items when you head out the door for an adventure, to garden or play. Continue enjoying the outdoors by enlisting a variety of strategies to limit ...

Remove grass from around browning evergreens

As we move into the third year of drought, the lack of water, past cold winter temperatures and this unusually hot early summer has damaged and is still damaging many evergreens. It seems that most any evergreen somewhere is affected. The rapid drying and browning on the south and south west ...

Landscape structures provide function and beauty

Incorporate arbors, trellises and other structures into your designs when planning new or updating existing gardens and landscapes. These structures help form the framework of any garden, add year-round interest and provide years of beauty and function. Utilize arbors to define and connect ...

VEEDER: Get the gate

Get the gate. There are other words that conjure up anxiety for me, but none in the same way as this phrase declared from the driver’s seat of an old feed pickup or from atop a horse about to take off for a mile in the other direction and return with 100 cows that I’ve been instructed not ...

Look and measure BEFORE you plant

People are busy adding to their home landscapes with new trees and shrubs. These will hopefully bring long lasting enjoyment and value to the landscapes they are planted. Be sure to spend some time planning and researching before deciding where to plant. Time spent planning can prevent future ...

Not on days like this

I planted some flowers this afternoon as the temperature reached up toward what we can finally call warm. Some are working to root themselves in pots that have sat for years on this deck, and some sit next to me on the deck waiting for a turn as I watch the moon come up. Behind me, the sun ...

Take the hassle out of daily watering

By MELINDA MYERS Proper watering is key to gardening success, but untangling and dragging heavy hoses across the yard, smashing delicate flowers and young vegetable plants along the way is a common occurrence in many yards. If this describes your escapades when watering garden beds and ...

Pollen in the air? Allergy proof your home

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Indoor air is five times more polluted than air outdoors. Here are some ways for you to take actions to control the air inside your home. Clean the air ® Proper ventilation and non-leaking ductwork will prevent allergens from getting ...

Trees for boulevards

The Minot Forestry Department is taking orders from homeowners for its annual Boulevard Tree Planting Program. Brian Johnson, city forester, said homeowners who are interested in obtaining boulevard trees can call the Forestry Department at 857-4178. He said they have 12 different ...

Veeder: Cat and mouse game isn’t our new cat’s strong suit

Last week while I was writing my column, unfolding a tale from the olden days about my dear grandmother’s run-in with an ornery bovine and an exasperated husband, a saga of my own was developing in my living room between our new orange cat who now has six names and a mouse, who shall never be ...

‘Plan the garden of your dreams!’

If you are anxiously awaiting the growing season, use your time wisely by planning your upcoming spring garden now. Select your site. Whether planting vegetables, herbs or flowers, you should consider these factors: – Sunlight. Select a space that receives an ample amount of ...

‘Vole Hotels’ safe way to control voles

In an earlier article I mentioned controlling voles or also called field or meadow mice with homemade traps I call “Vole Hotels.” They are any container that doesn’t let light in, are large enough to have a small “rodent sticky trap” placed in it, and are weather proof. I use the ...

Reduce maintenance, increase success with self-watering gardens

Raised beds and containers expand our planting options. They allow us to grow edible and ornamental plants even where there is no plantable space to garden. Use them to make planting, tending and harvesting convenient by bringing the garden to your back door. And fill them with ...

Mulch to prevent blossom-end rot

Blossom-end rot in tomatoes, peppers and other garden vegetable is an annual problem. There are many home remedies that have been put forth to fix the problem. They are of limited value at best, and useless for most. But the simple answer to the problem is make sure the plants have enough ...