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#Living

Putting your flower bed to bed

Frost came early this year for some and not so early for others. After a hard frost I cannot wait to get out there a yank all the dead plants out. By now, I am so tired of yard work and knowing I have about two weeks’ worth of work of clean up in the beds, I just dread fall! But wait, there ...

Dakota Gardener: Growing garlic in North Dakota

Frost came early this year — much too early for most of us. After a hard frost, our natural tendency may be to put our gardens to bed. But wait a second. We still have a few things we can plant now, including garlic. A little effort now can lead to amazing flavors in your meals next ...

Prairie Fare: Enjoy apple season

“Mom, we forgot to bring the apple picker,” my older daughter said as we stood on tiptoe next to the tree on a sunny autumn day. An apple narrowly missed bouncing off my head as it dropped out of the tree. Yes, the apple picker would have come in handy. We were trying to reach plump red ...

Are your houseplants back inside?

Hopefully, it is not too late to bring your houseplants in. That cold snap we had over Labor Day weekend really threw a curveball at us. Even though I was warned, there were a few plants that did not get brought in or at least set in the garage. Perhaps, I was in denial. My houseplants ...

Prairie Fare: Try some colorful peppers this season

“My whips!” I said. “I can’t fee my whips!” I was trying to say, “I can’t feel my lips” but my tongue wasn’t working well. My older daughter had purchased a Trinidad Scorpion pepper for $1.50. She watered and weeded it all summer and was proud of how productive it ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: Gardening leads to global adventures in cuisine

The summer of 2020 was a great year for growing eggplant in the northern Great Plains. Blessed with abundant heat during the middle of the summer, this tropical plant with origins in India produced bountiful amounts of shiny, purple eggplants. Having mastered the science of growing the plant ...

Let’s Cook: A Worthwhile Pick

In the pantheon of North Dakota’s little luxuries, fall brings the best that the state has to offer. The first gem to appear is the harvest moon which is round and sports a vibrant hue of orange and shines brightly on the horizon. Next comes the fall’s high blue heaven often scattered with ...

Growing parrots in the garden

Parrot tulips are stunning in the garden and dazzling in floral bouquets! When it gets frosty outside, it's time to plant tulips! Nothing can match the bright colors of tulips in springtime. Our garden centers and online stores offer lots of different tulips. Emperor tulips bloom early — ...

Plant trees now for decades of shade, beauty

Cooler temperatures and warm soil make fall a great time to add trees to your landscape. Make the most of this investment of money and time and give your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care. Select a tree suited to the growing conditions, your landscape design and ...

Prairie Fare: Consider composting

“You’re moving the compost pile?” I asked. I had a note of disbelief in my voice. “Well, yeah,” my husband replied matter-of-factly. End of conversation. About 15 years ago, we moved from our first house to our current one, along with our compost pile and three young ...

An apple a day …

It feels like autumn has arrived here, in north central North Dakota. You can feel it in the crispness of the morning air. The days are getting shorter, some of the leaves are starting to show a hint of fall color, and the flowers are beginning to look weathered and tired. Though I am sad to ...

Prairie Fare: Which foods need to be washed during a pandemic or any time?

As I meandered around a store recently, I noticed that cleaning supplies were still in short supply. I found one bottle of chlorine bleach on the shelf. According to Nielson research, sales of disinfecting sprays were up 520%, compared with last year, and multipurpose cleaners were up ...

Let’s Cook: A Notable Fall Partner

What kitchen fare champions your interest in autumn? As soon as the first cool air of fall rests on our doorstep, we think of deep-dish pies. Their flaky crusts embracing savory meats and a chorus of fresh garden vegetables brings forth a classically alluring meal. Almost everything ...

Fall lawn care tips

Come September in North Dakota the weather can really leave you guessing. You never really know when that first frost will happen or even if it may snow. Hoping the frost holds off until later in the month is like a game of roulette, hoping that little ball bouncing around lands on the number ...

Minot business makes specially designed singing masks for MSU Concert Choir

When Emerson Eads, director of choral activities at Minot State University, was planning choral activities for his students this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic, he needed to make sure students could sing but also be protected. “To that end, one of the endeavors has been to find and order ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: Being tough and getting older

“Getting old isn’t for sissies.” I heard that from Jack Carter, who was North Dakota State University’s flax breeder for many years. Carter came into the office nearly every day, well into his 80s. He had a great point. Physical demands are tougher as we age. What about trees? Is ...

Prairie Fare: Let’s boost our immune systems with a healthful diet

I was out of town for a couple of days, taking care to follow all the health precautions in place. Wearing masks was required in every retail store and restaurant. Arrows directed us where to walk, and “X” marked the spots for social distancing when paying for our items. I heard a loud ...

Cactus – from the desert to your house

Cactus, or cacti (plural) is a family of about 130 genera with somewhere around 2,000 known species. They have made their way into all of our homes at one time or another – whether they lived a fruitful life or died a slow death, that is only for you to know. In general, cacti are some of the ...

Kindness in action

The other day I reread a letter sent from a high school friend. It was postmarked June 23, 2019. In the letter, she is telling about springtime events she had enjoyed and how much she was looking forward to summertime gatherings with family and friends. She mentioned that she recently had flown ...