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The best dahlias for a backyard cutting garden

Dahlias are bold and beautiful flowers that are easy to grow in any sunny garden. They are also spectacular in summer flower arrangements. With just a few dahlias, you can enjoy picking your own fresh-cut flowers every day from July through September. These spring-planted tubers make gorgeous ...

PrairieFare: What’s in your home pantry?

I wiped the handle of the grocery cart with a sanitizing wipe and noticed the large number of shoppers doing the same. The wipes have been available for a long time, and I usually grab one. A trash can was filled with used wipes. Unfortunately, many wipes were on the floor or left in the ...

Let’s Cook: Mastering closet chaos and more

It was inescapable. From the moment Lydia arrived into our lives 15 years ago, we have been reading to her, sharing history with her, and explaining the meaning to her of several interesting items that we have collected over the years in our home. As a parent, I was delighted that at age ...

Prairie Fare: Be prepared foodwise for spring, summer disasters

I thought I heard a freight train driving right by our house despite no train tracks in the vicinity. I glanced at my alarm clock. It said 3 a.m. My bedroom windows were open after an exceptionally muggy Fourth of July day. Now my drapes were flying over me in the strong wind. Was I ...

NDSU Extension to offer online gardening forums

North Dakota State University Extension will be broadcasting the Spring Fever Garden Forum series online, from March 26 to April 16. The forums, held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., are open to all interested gardeners. The forum topics will include how to beautify your ...

PrairieFare: Prom dress dilemma brings coronavirus impact home

“I can’t believe this,” I said to myself. I was checking the status of my online order. My package has been “stuck” in California since Feb. 11, according to the tracking information. Now it’s early March. I finally reached out to the seller. “Due to the coronavirus, your ...

March is a great time to prune many shrubs, but not all

Don’t prune your forsythia, lilac or mock orange yet. Anything you cut off now will result in that much less of a flower show this spring. Except for these and many other spring-flowering shrubs, however, March is a fine time for pruning many trees and shrubs. It’s easy to see what to cut ...

Book addresses gardening, tree planting on northern prairie

“Let’s Grow on the Northern Prairie” by Eric Bergeson is a book about beautifying the region with hardy trees and effective annual and perennial plantings. Bergeson, of Fertile, Minn., spoke at Gardening Saturday at the North Central Experiment Station, Minot, last March, and stopped ...

PrairieFare: Cancer screening can save your life

“A box arrived for you this afternoon,” my husband said. I was not expecting a box. “Is it a small box or a big box?” I asked. Maybe it was a late Christmas gift, I thought to myself. “It’s a medium-sized box,” he replied. I saw the box on the table inside our front ...

Let’s Cook: 36 lemon meringue pies sold!

What is it that attracts many people to lemon meringue pie? It could be the unique flavor of lemons – zesty, sharp, and refreshing? Maybe it is the meringue that is sweet and swirled into cloud of lightness and paired with the invigorating lemon filling that sends one’s taste buds ...

Prairie Fare: How do cafeteria choices influence our diet and health?

I walked by the cafeteria line, then the salad bar and dessert areas. I noted about six options for entrees and side dishes. A basket of fruit was at the end of the serving line. The salad bar had about two dozen options, plus soup and the makings for a wide variety of sandwiches. I could ...

Building an Emergency Fund

We’ve all heard of the best practice of having three to six months of expenses saved for an emergency fund. While that is a great goal for some people, that can be an overwhelming place to start for others. Instead, America Saves encourages our savers to start with an emergency fund of ...

Is Your Home Aging-in-place Ready?

Older adults who want to stay in their own home as long as possible will have a chance to learn whether their home is ready for that during a webinar North Dakota State University Extension and South Dakota State University Extension are hosting March 11, according to NDSU Agriculture ...

9 garden planning tips for the greatest return

We’ve all done it…gotten overzealous in spring and overplanted or planted the wrong varieties for our tastes and needs. Make this the year you plan your garden for the best return on your investment. First, prepare a list before placing your catalog order or making that first trip to the ...

Let’s Cook: Heritage Singer Variety Show

Hey, guess what started in Minot this week? I will give you a clue. It has to do with singing, comical skits, and it has been an annual event for the past 32 years. If you guessed the Heritage Singers Variety Show, you are right. Those of you who have been to the show know it is variety with a ...

Prairie Fare: Can you guess the vegetable?

Let’s see if you can guess one of America’s favorite vegetables with a few clues. – On average, Americans eat nearly 9 pounds of this vegetable per year. – The first varieties of this vegetable were purple. Now, more than 100 varieties exist in a rainbow of colors. – This ...

Expand your edible garden indoors

No matter the season, size of your garden or climate, you can inject homegrown flavor into your meals. Just clear a shelf, countertop or windowsill and get busy planting herbs, greens and even tomatoes to enjoy year-round. For quick results, grow microgreens. These nutrient packed edibles are ...

PrairieFare: Ask yourself some heart-health questions

At this time of the year, you probably are seeing heart-shaped boxes and bags of candy in pink or red-themed bags beckoning you from the shelves of grocery or department stores. You might be enticed to buy a box for yourself or your sweetie. You work hard. You deserve a treat, right? These ...

Houseplants become more active as days get longer

Houseplants are quick to tell you when they need help. They display discolored leaves, drooping stems, and little or no growth. That usually gives you enough time to make things right. “Plants send signals simply by the way they look,” said Dawn Pettinelli, an Extension educator at the ...

Keep houseplants healthy while keeping pets safe

You love them both – your pets and houseplants – but it can be challenging to safely raise them together in the same house. Reduce the risk by selecting pet-safe plants and safely managing houseplant pest problems. Avoid problems by selecting plants suited to your home’s growing ...