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Common milkweed is best known as the food source for Monarch butterflies. It and other weeds become an annoyance when they show up in lawns, gardens or flowerbeds.

Controlling weeds takes time, persistence

Getting rid of weeds is a problem. Common milkweed is primary food source for the monarch butterfly but this wide-leafed weed can be an annoyance when it pops up in lawns, flower beds and gardens, it can be an annoyance. When milkweed is in a lawn, Ken Eraas, horticulture assistant with ...

This rugged imperfect place

They left me with a plate of Snickerdoodles, a fridge full of half-finished dips, opened bottles of white wine, sheets to be washed and a heart full and lonesome at the same time. A group of eight of my friends made their way to the ranch from Colorado, Minnesota and eastern North Dakota last ...

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Wood mulch is better to use around a tree than rock mulch. Photo by Ken Eraas.

Keeping trees healthy

We all want our trees to grow fast and provide us with shade and add beauty to our yards. With our short growing season and dry weather such as we are having now, trees need all the help we can give them to prosper. There are a couple of lawn tasks that we do regularly which are very harmful ...

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Those on the Secret Garden Tour and Garden Store will experience a variety of flowers, vegetables, herbs, etc. These photos show a few of the items on the tour.

The Minot Symphony Orchestra Presents Secret Garden Tour and Garden Store

The Minot Symphony Orchestra will be hosting the 23rd annual Secret Garden Tour and Garden Store Wednesday from 4:30-8:30 p.m., rain or shine. This year’s event features the gardens of Michael and Teri Tingly, Doug and Kathy Larson, Susan and Debra Jaicks, DeLane Krueger, and Mark and ...

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VEEDER: Sweetclover under my skin

I imagine everyone has some familiar scent that hits their lungs and brings them back to a time in childhood when they felt so deeply loved, so overwhelmingly safe, so much themselves. So free. Maybe it’s your grandmother’s warm cookies from the oven or the smell of a diesel tractor ...

Maintaining adequate soil moisture helps prevent Physiological Leaf Curl

Leaf curling and rolling in vegetables can be caused by virus diseases, insects and herbicide drift. However, summer is when we often see leaf cupping and rolling problems in vegetable crops that are not caused by pests or chemicals. It is most commonly seen in tomatoes, but peppers, potatoes, ...

This June 26, 2017 photo shows the beginning portion of a drip irrigation system at a home in New Paltz, N.Y. Watering with drip irrigation has many benefits, not the least of which is that it is easily automated by merely setting a timer. The timer is pictured here along with the filter and pressure reducer that starts water off in any drip irrigation system. (Lee Reich via AP)

Drip your garden to productivity and health

The gardener who can do a thorough job of watering with hose in hand is rare indeed. Assuming that the hose spews out about 3 gallons per minute in a circle about 4 feet in diameter, I roughly calculate that said gardener would have to stand immobile for more than two minutes before moving on ...

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Aphids will attack annual and perennial flowers, fruit plants and trees, vegetable plants as well as trees and shrubs. Photo from Christina DiFonzo, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org.

A few simple control options for aphids

Aphids are a small, usually green, soft-bodied insect that suck plants juices from a variety of garden and landscape plants. They are typically found clustering on young shoots and leaves, although some species occur on flowers, twigs, branches and roots. Aphids will attack annual and perennial ...

Rain or shine, this is the life we chose​

“Well, I guess this is the life I chose,” he said as he pulled on his boots and headed out the door. “Work all day in 100 degrees so I can come home and work all night in it.” Yup. That’s the story out here on the ranch where we can’t quit our day jobs. And on evenings when the ...

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Mowing grass around 4 inches high and mulching will help lawns suffering during a drought as well as other times.

Dry weather lawn care: Follow some simple practices to maintain your lawn

Is your lawn suffering from the extended dry spell? Ken Eraas, Ward County Extension horticulture assistant, said mowing lawns at 3 1/2 to 4 inches in height and mulching will help lawns during a dry spell but also at other times. “People tend to want to mow their lawns quite short,” ...

A wife’s dilemma: My husband and his stuff

My husband and I have this ongoing fight in our house. It goes something like this: Him: Have you seen the charger to the phone I had back in 2001 during our first year of college? Me: I think I put it in a bin somewhere in the basement with the rest of the unidentifiable cords from various ...

This January 2017 photo provided by Farmscape shows a backyard vegetable garden in Los Angeles. (Thomas Line/Farmscape via AP)

Farmers for hire turn backyards into vegetable patches

Jeanne Nolan grew up in an affluent suburb of Chicago. When it came time to apply for colleges, she shocked her family by opting to skip college and become an organic farmer. Then she brought her farming skills back to the suburbs and city, installing and tending vegetable gardens at clients' ...

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To have my little sister along with me

She used to follow me up the coulee and along the crick, her purple barn jacket zipped up under her chin, the rubber soles of her boots keeping a careful distance between her and her big sister who hadn’t discovered her lurking behind the trees yet. I would leave the house unannounced to ...

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These night feeders, the cutworm, will curl in a “C” shape when dug up. Photo from Clemson University-USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org.

Reach out to Ken Eraas for yard, garden questions

Cutworms Cutworms are showing up in gardens and either cut off the plants at ground level or climb the plant and feed on the leaves. They are night feeders and spend days in the soil around the base of the plant. There are a number of different kinds of cutworms, but most are from 1/2 to 1 ...

Entertain your child on a budget this summer

School is out for the summer, which means you may hear your children saying, “I’m bored” or “There’s nothing to do.” Whether you live in a city or small town, you likely can find some low-cost activities to keep your child or children entertained. Check with your county office ...

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Make something old new again. These photos of repurposed furniture and other items were taken at the Market on 4th in Minot earlier this year.

5 ways to give a room a makeover

Does a room in your home need an update? There are a range of projects from large to small that can help you transform any space for maximum utility and better design. Here are five great ideas. – Update flooring. When updating your home flooring, consider some hot new trends – like ...

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A bee on a coneflower is shown in this photo from Melinda Myers, LLC. Bees help  maximize a garden’s productivity by pollinating plants.

Work in concert with nature to manage garden pests, mosquitoes in landscape

A garden filled with flowers, birds, bees and butterflies is a sight to behold. These winged beauties add color, sound and motion to our gardens. Plus, they help maximize a garden’s productivity by pollinating plants and managing plant-damaging pests. But what about those unwanted visitors ...

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Knowing what’s important in the moment

My phone dinged with a message containing a photo of my daughter in her life jacket and sunhat sitting on the banks of the Little Muddy River looking up at her daddy looking down at her in his Superman shirt. A smile spread across my face. It was a sweet moment captured on a kayaking trip my ...

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Share your garden or yard projects

Have you done a special garden or yard project you would like to show and tell about? Or it might be your overall yard or garden. Send a photo with an explanation about the project or about your yard or garden to eogden@minotdailynews.com. Your information and photo might appear in the ...