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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 ...

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Outdoor fire containers should be placed a safe distance from structures and combustible materials.

Follow safety measures to enjoy outdoor recreational fires

Outdoor fire containers are popular but safety measures must be taken when placing and using them. Early Sunday morning, the Garrison Fire and Rescue Squad were called to a fire at a residence in the Garrison Creek Cabin Site, the McLean County Independent in Garrison reported this week. The ...

Taking time to appreciate moments as ranch, family expand

I rushed to get the slushburger in the crockpot, the chip dip layered, and the watermelon cut and mixed with the cantaloupe from the fridge. It was 7:30 a.m., and one of our friends was already sitting at the counter with a cup of coffee, boots and hat waiting in the entry. He’s more of a ...

The Kaleidoscope Tomato Cage provides a sturdy support for tomato plants while adding color to the landscape. Photo from Gardener’s Supply Company.

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Add some extra appeal to your landscape with garden art

Adding excitement to your garden is easy. You can create instant, year-round color, structure, motion and fun to your landscape with a bit of garden art. Just like shopping for plants, look for pieces that complement your gardening style. And consider all the benefits each piece of art ...

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Dave Lebrun, president of Souris River Designs in Minot, shown in a sunroom model, said the location of a sunroom depends on the house and where it is situated, access to the sunroom and how it will be used.

Bringing the outdoors in

Have you been thinking about adding a sunroom to your home? A sunroom is a light-filled room that will maximize your living space and upgrade your home. It can be used for anything from a place to relax, an entertainment area to a children’s playroom. Dave Lebrun, president of Souris ...

Time away together is an investment in each other

We said we would take a honeymoon later. I was on the verge of turning 23, out of college a couple years and on the road with my music. He was on the verge of 24 and climbing oil dereks, seven days on, seven days off and more if he could. We were on a mission, on a roll, in love but on our ...

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Harvesting, storing, preserving herbs from the garden

Enjoy herbs all year round. Harvest herbs for garden-fresh meals and preserve a few for the winter ahead. Snip a few leaves or leaf-covered stems as needed. For the same intensity of flavor, you generally need two to three times more fresh herbs than dried except for rosemary which has an ...

This undated photo provided by The Home Depot shows blue hibiscus, or Alyogyne, which is a good option to grow if you want to harvest a rich purple dye. Planting natural dye gardens is becoming a popular pursuit for those with green thumbs, as well as artists who work in various mediums. (The Home Depot via AP)

Planting a natural dye garden can be easy and inexpensive

As interest in eco-friendly products and methods grows, it's no surprise that many artists and other creative types are planting natural dye gardens. Low-cost and easy to grow, dye gardens can be planted just about anywhere. Over the centuries, popular plants used for dyes included indigo, ...

Do you know proper way to display the U.S. flag?

With Memorial Day on Monday approaching, many people like to display the U.S. flag as well as on other special days or even daily. Do you know the proper ways to display the U.S. flag? The Minot State University Veterans Service Office has provided the following information: Federal law ...

For your own safety, don’t stand too close

So, I’m a klutz. Accident prone. A magnet for small disasters. A target for falling things. This is my confession and a quality that’s so much a part of me I often use it when introducing myself to large groups: “A little about myself? Uh, OK. I’m an over-sharer who often has big ...