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Orchids, shown in this photo from Gardener’s Supply Co., do best with 12 to 14 hours of sunlight and indoor light systems can help supplement the amount of light needed for the plants to thrive.

Keep orchids beautiful and blooming

Lift your spirits, enliven your indoor decor or give the gift of beautiful blooming orchids. You’ll enjoy these exotic blossoms for months with just minimal care – once you know what to do. Start with a healthy flowering plant. The phalaenopsis or moth orchid is the most widely ...

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Follow some simple ‘pet proofing’ tips for your home

Let’s face it: pets are bound to get into a little trouble around the house. But from its open canisters to its loose wires, your home can pose some serious problems for your furry companions. While cats like to crawl into small nooks and crannies, dogs prefer chewing and consuming anything ...

VEEDER: It takes a village to raise a mom

WATFORD CITY — This morning I drove Edie to town to daycare so I could get some work done. My husband was gone hunting in Montana over the past few weekends and into this week, and so I’ve been on my own a bit more, managing a schedule of deadlines, performances, doctors appointments and ...

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Instead of raking leaves in your yard after they fall from the trees, there are other uses for them.

Don’t waste fall leaves

Each year as the leaves fall, the tradition has been to eliminate them. I am old enough to remember my grandpa burning them in big piles in the garden. Now the usual fall chore is to bag them and send them to the land fill. Don’t!!! They are valuable to your yard. If you have a compost bin ...

This Nov. 7, 2008 photo shows squash and pumpkins in an assortment near New Market, Va. Squash vary in the amount of time they need to mature and in how long they can be stored. Some, like acorn squash, should be eaten right away. Others can be stored in cool conditions for two to six months after being harvested. Harvest homegrown winter squash at peak maturity and before the first hard frost arrives.(Dean Fosdick via AP)

Handle with care: Hard-shelled winter squashes are softies

Winter squash is finally nearing maturity after spending 80 to 100 days growing in the family garden. What is not generally known, though, is that these hard-shelled vegetables can be such softies when handled. That increases the odds of spoilage while they're in storage. "Broken skin allows ...

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Fall festive decorating

Fall is the time for decorating porches and other outdoor areas in golds, browns, oranges and other festive colors in harvest and bounty themes. Berry Acres located west of Minot, operated by Calvin and Ashley Berry, offers some outdoor decorating ideas that can be incorporated into themes for ...

VEEDER: How I spent an unexpected dose of free time

Apparently when I’m pregnant I can’t help but feel like I’m a ticking time bomb, waddling around counting the days until my world explodes into unmanageable chaos. So I have a tendency, I’ve learned, to try to manage the heck out of everything in my path in the meantime. I ...

Fall time for lawn weed control, pruning trees & shrubs

Fall Lawn Weed Control Fall is an excellent time to do lawn weed control. The weeds are preparing for winter and are most vulnerable to control with a herbicide. Plants such as weeds are moving nutrients from their leaves down to their roots to be stored until needed to start growing again in ...

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 ...