#Living

Dakota Handcrafters

How would you describe your specialty handcraft? Woodworking What or who inspired you to become involved in it? I started woodworking because my wife and I needed a cabinet. After I made that, I was hooked. How long have you been doing this type of work? 1 year Do you do it for your own ...

Never mind the weeds

Last night, I put the girls to bed before the sun set and headed out to the garden. It had been an entire week since I had a chance to dig in that dirt in an attempt manage my little crop of vegetables, and I could see from my window all the rain gave the weeds permission to set up ...

Organic prevention, management of powdery mildew on plants

Spots and patches of white or gray talcum powder-like substance on your plant means powdery mildew infected your plant. This is one of the most widespread fungal diseases and attacks a wide range of plants. You may see mildew on a variety of trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables and lawn grasses. ...

Pesticides – always use carefully

Pesticides are used by many home gardeners and home owners. They are used outdoor and sometimes indoors. Used properly according to the product’s label, they can be a great help to home owners and gardeners. Before buying a pesticide, learn more about it and the pest it will control. There ...

Even without much money, family can make us rich

When we were young kids, my little sister came home from a weekend with her friend spent four-wheeling and boating on the big lake and asked my dad if we were poor. Because somewhere between kicking up dust and riding the boat’s wake she realized what they had that we didn’t, and she ...

Celebrate four garden mainstays

It’s a yearlong celebration of flavor and beauty as we honor and grow the beet, coreopsis, calibrachoa and tulip. The National Garden Bureau (NGB) has declared 2018 the year of these garden mainstays. This nonprofit’s goal is to inspire you to grow these and more plants in your gardens at ...

It’s not here yet but…

The emerald ash borer, a beetle responsible for the destruction of millions of ash trees in many states, has not reached North Dakota. Brian Johnson, Minot city forester, said the closest emerald ash borer has been found is in Canada. The nearest area in Canada where the emerald ash borer ...

Grow unique edibles to wow your guests

Make your next gathering one to remember by including a few unique vegetables on the relish tray, as a side dish or for dessert. Your guests will be “wowed” not only because you grew your own ingredients, but because of the unique shape, color or flavor of the vegetables you serve. Create ...

Gardening season revives friendly father-daughter rivalry

Well, it’s officially gardening season around here, which means the friendly competition I have with my dad about who is better at keeping the cows from eating the bean plants and pooping on the radishes has begun. And it seems we’ve both stepped up our game a bit. Turns out Dad’s had ...

Six student loan tips for new graduates

Student loan repayment information can be overwhelming or confusing to new graduates. “The time to get everything in order is before your first payment comes due,” advises Carrie Johnson, NDSU Extension Service personal and family finance specialist. Here are some tips to help lessen ...

From drones to phones, new tech is making gardening easier

New technology is easing the way we garden, store equipment, monitor watering and re-shape landscapes. And some of those tasks can be done remotely, using phones or tablets. The innovations extend well beyond downloading a few apps. New to the horticultural mix are 3-D modeling, GPS mapping, ...

Boulevard Tree Planting

Homeowners interested in purchasing a tree and having it planted on their boulevard can contact the Minot Forestry Department. The department’s annual Boulevard Tree Planting Program is under way and those interested can call the Forestry Department at 857-4178 for more information or visit ...

2-year-old Edie thinks she’s 30-something, or 60-something, or something

I told my 2-year-old that it was time to take a nap. She replied, of course, that she didn’t want to. When I asked her why, she said, “Because it’s too dangerous.” The day before I told her "never mind" after she asked me for the 40th time what I was doing. She replied, "Never mine? ...

Twelve must plant pollinator-friendly flowers

Fill your garden with colorful annuals you and the pollinators can enjoy all season long. Look for outstanding varieties chosen by All-America Selections (AAS), a non-profit plant trialing organization, to brighten your garden, attract pollinators and outperform other varieties on the ...

Add gardening space, beauty and ease with Elevated Gardens

Elevate your gardens to waist high level for convenience and easy access. Elevated gardens are easy on your back and knees and are perfect for the patio, balcony, deck or any area where a bit of planting space is desired. Place them near your kitchen door, grill or table for easy cooking and ...

Am I the only one plagued by comedic bad luck? Maybe.

Have you ever had a week where you feel like there’s a dark cloud of bad luck following you around? I’m not talking about catastrophic events, but rather painful toe stubs, coffee cups falling randomly from the cupboard, a printer that will only print blue ink or a chandelier that quit ...

Be a Bee! Hand pollinating pumpkins and squash

There are times when pumpkins, winter and summer squash and zucchini don’t produce as many fruits as wanted. This may be that the female flowers are not getting fertilized. These vegetables all bloom quite early in the morning and the flowers close up by early mid-morning. Bumblebees and ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Tonee Matteson

Current Hometown: Garrison How would you describe your specialty handcraft? My passion is quilting. I really find that it is so therapeutic. What or who inspired you to become involved in it? My husband Mike urged me to go to a Quilt Retreat at Camp of the Cross. He thought I needed a ...

How to be a good mom

There’s a million ways to be a good mom. Handing your 2-year old one M&M after another in an attempt to keep her quiet while you’re on the phone conducting an interview for a magazine article that is overdue is probably not one of them. It’s not one of the ways to become a great ...