#Living

Mulch Potato Project Harvest

The Ward County Master Gardeners harvested their Mulch Potato Demonstration on Oct. 6, at the North Central Research Extension Center south of Minot. They invited the public to a short presentation on how the project was conducted, positive points to the growing method, and challenges they ...

Just say yes to Apple Day

Last weekend, my friend up the hill invited us — and the entire contents of my little sister’s apple tree — over to her house for what she refers to as “Apple Day.” Apple Day sounds like what it is — an entire day dedicated to transforming the fruit of an over-productive tree ...

Plan and plant this fall for three months of spring color

It’s time to think spring and get busy planning and planting for months of colorful blooms. The key to getting a continuous parade of spring flowers is to plant bulbs that bloom at different times. Include some early, mid and late spring bloomers. You’ll enjoy the burst of color and ...

Listen, because it’s important

I’m sitting in the airport in Minneapolis waiting for a flight to take me up and out of this city, back home to resume life as normal. I came for a conference meant to connect people from all walks of life and give us the tools to start a conversation about acceptance, inclusion and ...

Growing potatoes under straw

Growing potatoes under straw is not a new growing method. It is an old method that is not a widely adapted. The Ward County Master Gardeners wanted to use this planting method to demonstrate low labor/low impact gardening. Earlier last spring they hosted a program with speakers addressing ...

Maybe growing old isn’t what I used to think it was

When I was a young kid, my grandma Edith would take us to town. I would ride in the back seat on the blue velvety cloth seats of her sedan, my feet dangling above the floor and my eyes reaching just high enough to watch the power lines whiz past the window. She would run errands. To the ...

Discover the beauty of double tulips

Celebrate the National Garden Bureau’s Year of the Tulip in a big way by planting double flowered tulip varieties this fall for a showy display next spring. Flower arrangers love the big bold blossoms that resemble peonies and you’ll love their impressive blooms in your garden and ...

Dear daughters, from mom

Dear daughters, While I type this, I’m sitting in the living room. Rosie, you’re crawling around the floor, picking up things to put in your mouth and pulling yourself up to stand along the couch. Your big sister is sleeping, but your nap ended early like it usually does, and so the toys ...

Harvest cucumbers for slicing, pickling

It’s all about timing when harvesting cucumbers for eating fresh or preserving as dill or sweet pickles. Picking these low-calorie vegetables ensures the best flavor, greatest nutritional value and suitability for pickling. Harvest cucumbers based on how you plan to use them. Pick the fruit ...

Putting your garden, trees to bed for winter

Now is the time to be getting your garden and trees ready for their winter rest. Time spent now can make for better gardens and trees with less problems with them next spring. Here are some suggestions to get ready for winter. Tucking in your trees and shrubs — Rake or mow/bag leaves and ...

Love and seasons

The window is open in this house tonight, letting the summer out and the cool autumn air in. It’s dark before 10 p.m. now and the crickets in the grass are louder than the frogs in the creek. On the ranch, we mark time by seasons a bit differently. Calving season. Branding season. Haying ...

Keep pets safe while enjoying an indoor garden

Houseplants make a wonderful addition to our home’s decor and improve the indoor air quality. Those with pets however may struggle with keeping plants safe from curious pets and the pets safe from indoor greenery. The good news is you can grow an indoor garden even when you own pets. Yes, ...

Prepare lawn to be healthy, beautiful next summer

Fall is a very good time to do lawn chores to improve the health and appearance of home lawns. The hot, dry summer took a toll on many lawns. The cool season grasses went dormant earlier than normal. This gave weeds an opportunity to invade and spread in lawns. Dandelions and thistles were ...

The moon’s name is Carlile

If you see my almost 3-year-old daughter bouncing around, following behind me at the grocery store or at an event, playing at the park or with toys in Gramma’s store in town, she will likely ask you for your name. She’s really into names. And who belongs to whom in this world. Like ...

Capture summer’s flavor in a jar by canning tomatoes

From the loving way I look at them, you'd think these jars were filled with a fine red wine. But no, they are filled with fine red tomatoes. How satisfied and rich they make me feel! The royal red color broadcasts richness through the sparkling clean glass. But it's not just for show; I know ...

Harvest and dry flowers for year-round enjoyment

Enjoy your flower garden’s beauty all year long. Harvest and dry a few flowers to use in flower arrangements, craft projects or as gifts for friends and family. Pick the flowers when they are at peak bloom and blossoms are dry. Cut flowers for drying mid-day when they contain less moisture ...

Some things stand the test of time

“How old is that shirt you think?” I asked my husband as he came downstairs and scooped up both our babies to sit with him on his easy chair. “Well, you got it for me when I was 14 or 15, so, like, 20 years,” he replied before he pointed out each hole and stain he and the shirt picked ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Paisley LeBaron

Current Hometown: Arnegard How would you describe your specialty handcraft? I make craft and activity kits for people of all ages. I include all of the supplies you need to complete an activity or create a craft. I make crafting easy and fun. Some of my favorite kits are my dinosaur eggs, ...

Spooked by ghosts, even if they’re just imaginary

Last week, my dad was hauling our old feed pickup back from the shop on a flatbed trailer during oil field rush hour traffic, a little white-knuckled and stressed at the task. Tired from a full day of work, annoyed at fellow drivers and maybe running a worst-case scenario or two through his ...

Apples to Apples – Choices are many

Apples are one of the most commonly grown fruits in North Dakota. There are many choices available that give a range of ripening as well as well as best uses for the apples. Hazen is a North Dakota release. Hazen is a naturally smaller apple tree growing to 12 to 15 feet in height. It matures ...