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This undated photo provided by Designer Michael Wolk, shows how Wolk used terrazzo in this south Florida residential project, creating a neo-modern, Zen-like retreat. The material is favored by many architects and designers for its warmth, elegance and character. (Dan Forer/Michael Wolk via AP)

Terrazzo — the stuff of old hallway flooring — goes upscale

Many of us think of terrazzo — a composite including chips of various stones and glass — as a utilitarian flooring material, something you see in lobbies or hallways. But the centuries-old material is being rediscovered by architects and designers who are adapting its distinctive patterns ...

VEEDER: How the progression of time and technology collide then diverge

​Long ago, before the invention of the Internet, I would spend winter evenings sitting on the worn-out pink carpet on my bedroom floor, pressing record on a cassette player/radio trying to catch my favorite song so I could play it back, over and over again, and commit it to memory. Before ...

Fall perennial flower garden tasks

Fall is an ideal time to move and divide many spring flowering perennials. One which comes to mind is peonies. They respond to dividing or moving best when done in the fall. Even though their foliage will wilt down some after digging, they will vigorously be growing new roots before the ...

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Using a combination of artificial and natural light helps plants better tolerate the less-than-ideal indoor growing environment. Photo from Gardener's Supply Company.

Successfully transition houseplants indoors for winter

Help your houseplants make a smooth transition from their outdoor summer home back inside for winter. The lower light and humidity indoors along with any insects that hitched a ride indoors make it difficult to keep these plants looking their best. Give them a shower before they move ...

This June 2010 photo shows beans, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and peas growing a garden near New Market, Va., and are among the best self-pollinated plants to use for seed saving since their offspring will be dependable. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Saving seeds also saves money and plant history

Seed saving is precisely that. Gathering seed saves money for the next planting season and also saves genetic strains that may have originated generations ago in family gardens. But it takes planning and good timing. "Seed saving has always been a common way to save seeds that were adapted ...

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Unwelcome house guests

As fall approaches, homes start to have some unwelcome house guests beginning to show up. Boxelder bugs, picture wing flies, ladybugs and crickets all will attempt to enter homes in the fall. They are not in the homes to cause any damage. They are seeking a place to hibernate for the winter. ...

VEEDER: If kitchen tables could talk, the stories they could tell

WATFORD CITY — It sits low, lower than the kitchen tables they make these days, its claw shaped feet at the bottom of the wooden pedestal look like they’re clutching the hardwood floor. Without its three leaves it’s perfectly round and could seat four for a card game. With its three ...

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Orchard racks and other storage solutions for fresh produce increase storage longevity while maximizing space shown in this photo from Gardener's Supply Co.

Keeping it fresh from the garden to the table

You spent the summer weeding, watering and tending to your vegetable garden. Now all your effort has paid off with a bountiful harvest. Maximize the flavor and nutritional value of your homegrown vegetables with proper harvesting and storage. For the freshest flavor, always prepare and serve ...

This photo provided by Wayfair shows screenshots demonstrating WayfairView for Tango-enabled Android phones, allowing a user to superimpose virtual images over real-life settings. The app allows shoppers to see how furniture will look in their living room or other space before buying it. (Wayfair Inc. via AP)

Are consumers ready to give augmented reality a try?

NEW YORK (AP) — You might have gotten a taste of "augmented reality," the blending of the virtual and physical worlds, as you chased on-screen monsters at real-world landmarks in last year's gaming sensation, "Pokemon Go." Upcoming augmented reality apps will follow that same principle of ...

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VEEDER: I don’t want to forget …

Yesterday I asked Edie if she pooped. “Pew Eee,” I said, waving my hand in front of my nose, scrunching up my face. “Pew Eee Hondo,” she replied, mimicking my actions and successfully blaming the dog for the first time. I guess it doesn’t take long for them to start figuring out ...

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A jumping spider is one of garden’s good guys.

Garden good guys — Part 2

There is another group of Garden Good Guys who are very effective at controlling plant pests, yet, are some of the most feared and disliked small creatures. There is actually very little reason to fear this group. They are spiders. There are a wide variety of spiders which live in North ...

The GreenWell water saver contains and concentrates the water where it is needed during a tree's critical root establishment phase.

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Proper tree planting and care is critical to survival

Whether planting a tree to add seasonal beauty, grow backyard fruit, provide a bit of shade, or reduce energy costs, it's a big upfront investment. Make the most of your money spent by giving your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care. Now is a great time to plant ...

When the best-laid plans go awry

WATFORD CITY— “Well, I’m on my way home now anyway,” he said on the other end of the phone. I called him for something trivial, like why the lawnmower wasn’t starting, just the kind of phone call every husband likes to get when they’re off on a manly weekend getaway. (The same way ...

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Lady bug larvae are great pest predators.

Gardening good guys

Not all insects we find in our gardens are bad. There are some who are big help in keeping plant pests such as aphids, caterpillars, and flea beetles in check. They do this by eating the adults and larvae of the prey. Here are a few of the “Garden Good Guys.” Encourage them to stay in your ...

Minot Tool Library building its inventory with tool drive

The Minot Public Library, the home of the Minot Tool Library, will host a tool drive on its parking lot Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Members of the public are invited to contribute tools in good working condition and free of rust. Charitable donation receipts are available. The Minot Tool ...

Gardening apps are getting better all the time

Gardening apps are getting better all the time, supplanting manuals and textbooks as the way people dig for information. Many university Extension services are developing the digital aids to extend outreach to clients. "Extension apps provide reliable, research-based information," said ...

This undated photo shows blueberries growing in LaGrangeville, N.Y. Despite wet soil, these blueberries grow well because they are planted on raised mounds from which water drains well. (Lee Reich via AP)

Wet weather brings garden problems

(AP) — A season of rain is as trying as a season of drought. Excess rain creates gooey soil, which is no fun for planting if you are a human and no fun for growing if you are a plant. Roots need air, and day after day of rain can fill all the soil pores with water. The result: Roots have ...

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Love is an untidy, long story

“Happy Anniversary” flashed the message on my phone as it sat on a kitchen counter smudged with waffle batter and covered with grapes and cups of coffee and orange juice. My body was aching, my back and feet screaming at me from a week of scheduling madness, keeping me and my big belly on ...

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How to eliminate little green caterpillars

There is little that is as distasteful as finding a thoroughly steamed green caterpillar in your broccoli or cauliflower on your plate!!! These little green caterpillars are the product of two common flying insects. The Imported Cabbage Butterfly is one of these insects. It is white with ...