#Living

Plant now for a beautiful garden next year

Don’t let the summer heat keep you indoors. Now is a great time to dress up those garden beds in need of a facelift. Always start by calling 811 and they’ll contact all the appropriate companies who will mark the location of their underground utilities in your work area. This helps ...

Hoofbeats and paw prints and measuring time

My husband used to have a big yellow dog that would pull him around town on his Rollerblades. Young, strong and full of heart, the two of them flew through the quiet streets of our hometown, back when Rollerblades were cool and so was he. I never knew the Chad that existed before that dog. ...

Avoid open kettle or oven canning

Have you ever heard that some methods of canning are not recommended, but don’t understand why? Open Kettle Canning Since the late 1980s, USDA has been teaching that open kettle canning is no longer safe. Open kettle canning involves heating the food to boiling, pouring it into the jars, ...

What to do if plants have iron chlorosis

Iron chlorosis is a condition seen in many trees, shrubs, and flowers. It is caused by the plant not being able to take up enough iron from the soil to meet its needs. The symptoms are very distinct. The leaves turn yellow while the leaf veins remain dark green. Roses, linden trees, silver ...

Harvest and preserve herbs for flavorful meals year-round

Add a flavorful boost to any meal with garden-fresh herbs. You’ll quickly discover the difference fresh herbs make when preparing any meal or dessert. Harvest herbs whenever you need them for cooking or garnishing a favorite dish. Adjust the quantity of herbs used to allow for variations in ...

In the name of the fair

It was 175 degrees and 200 percent humidity. I knew because my hair told me soon as I sat up in bed. The higher the hair, the closer to God, and I got closer to God with each passing, sweltering hour. It was 175 degrees and 200 percent humidity, so I did what any good and reasonably sane ...

Fire Blight showing up

Calls have been coming in that fire blight is showing up in apples, crabapples and cotoneasters. Fire blight is a bacterial disease of apples, crabapples, cotoneaster, mountain ash and pears and to a lesser degree, Juneberry and hawthorns. Left untreated, the disease will kill the affected tree ...

I’m not who I used to be, and I wouldn’t have it any other way

There are things I used to be. I used to be more careless. I used to be flexible. I used to be able to say “yes” loud and clear without worrying what “yes” would cost me. I used to be OK in a bikini, stretched out across the front lawn with a magazine and an endless afternoon in front ...

Manage water where it falls for a healthier landscape and environment

Too much, not enough, and never when you need it. This is a common complaint of gardeners. Keeping and using water where it falls is the first step in managing this precious resource. Planting and maintaining a healthy landscape is a good place to start. Trees, shrubs, groundcovers and other ...

Trimming and tidying: Perennials need care too

The great attraction in growing perennial flowers is that you never have to replant them, at least in theory. This doesn't make all perennials care-free, though. Few of them let you just sit back to enjoy them year after year once they're planted. Take coreopsis, for example, a wonderful ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Sarah Kinden

Current Hometown: Garrison How would you describe your specialty handcraft? I make soap the old-fashioned cold process way using high quality food grade lye. I use my Grandma’s recipe that I have modified slightly. My soap bars are lightly scented with essential oils or fragrance oils. ...

Lawns damaged by white grubs

White grubs are the larval form of June beetles. They prefer lawns but can also be a garden problem. They feed underground and will feed heavily on grass roots in the lawn. The grass will turn brown and die where they feed. Their damage shows up most as the weather gets hot and dry since the ...

Garden your way to better health

Break out the tools and garden your way to a healthier mind, body and spirit. Gardeners have always known it, but now research proves that gardening is a great form of exercise. You’ll work out all your major muscle groups when raking, digging and planting for an hour. Include gardening as ...

Even in dark times, hang on to hope

Western North Dakota has become many different things to so many different people over the last 10 years of an all out and unprecedented economic boom – a refuge. A last resort. A stop along the way. An experiment. An adventure. And for many, a new home. Last week, it became a place where a ...

Mushrooms in lawns

Recent rains have benefited not only our yards, gardens and crops, but other growing things in nature. Ones which are very easy to see are mushrooms or also called, toad stools. Mushrooms or toad stools are the “flower” part of an underground fungus. This fungus lives on decaying organic ...

Natural Pain Relief is as Close as Your Garden

Busy schedules, over indulging, and strenuous summer activities can lead to sore muscles, indigestion and headaches. When searching for pain relief, look no further than your own garden or your local farmer's market. These five foods fresh from the garden – or pot – are packed with super ...

Who are we without our memories?

Last week, Edie caught her first fish off of her great-grandparents' dock on a little lake in Minnesota. After her daddy helped her pull that bluegill out of the water using the little orange fishing pole with the button reel that has likely caught many grandkids' first fishes, she inspected ...

Check Spruce Trees and Roses Now!!!!

Even though spruce trees and rose bushes seem poles apart in what might be a problem for them, right now both have a problem that is very similar in cause and the damage done. The larvae of yellow headed spruce sawfly and rose sawfly both eat their host plants. And in many instances, they can ...

Summer Care for Perennial Gardens

Keep your perennial gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months with a bit of midsummer grooming and care. Investing time midseason means you’ll be enjoying beautiful gardens now through the end of the growing season. Start by deadheading, removing faded flowers, to improve ...

If you want it to rain in ND…

If you want it to rain in North Dakota, schedule a big outdoor event in June. I can see you over there nodding your heads, all of you who have decided, against your better judgment, that it was a good idea to get married against the backdrop of an old barn under a very finicky North Dakota ...