#Living

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 ...

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 ...

Weed spray and trees don’t mix!

Weeds growing in yards and lawns are a cause of concern for many homeowners. If done carefully, weeds can be sprayed and controlled with no damage to trees, shrubs and other desirable plants in the yard. But there are some weed sprays that have the potential to harm or even kill trees and ...

Many schools keep gardening efforts going all summer

The school year runs just the opposite of the growing season, making it difficult for educators to teach kids how to garden. But many school systems enlist volunteers to prep garden beds while students are on summer break, making the crops ready to tend when classes resume in ...

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 ...