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#Living

The Postscript : Second Sunset

I spent the last couple weeks visiting my parents. I’ve been lucky in the parent department. It’s fashionable to recall some pivotal incident that occurred when we were eight and extrapolate how every difficulty experienced in our life since is a result. But I’ve never seen any truth to ...

Why is my garden’s ground so hard?

From time to time I am asked what caused a person’s garden/flower bed, to get so hard. In most cases, it previously was more workable and easier to dig and plant in. But over time it has gotten so hard that working it either with a trowel, shovel or rototiller is very difficult. The answer ...

Plant edible, decorative containers for fall

End the growing season with an extra burst of color and nutrition with a few fall containers. A pot of mums or asters can add color to your front steps and a container filled with kale and greens adds fresh flavor to your fall meals. But don’t stop there. Create attractive potted gardens by ...

VEEDER: Praise for the good kids of the world

For the past month, we have had a guest in the house. And no, it’s not a mouse, and no, she’s really not a guest. She’s more than that and always has been… my niece, my family, my helper, my right-hand woman and just an all-around good kid. Good kid. I like to say those two words ...

Garden yields fresh vegetables for Lord’s Cupboard food pantry

It’s a first year project yielding some terrific results. Cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, beets and radishes are among the abundant vegetables being harvested at several raised gardens located near Velva. The fresh produce is taken to the Lord’s Cupboard food pantry in Minot where it is ...

Hunger Free ND Garden Project marks 10th year, seeks produce donations

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging growers across the state to donate extra fruits and vegetables from their harvest this year to help meet the needs of hungry North Dakotans as part of the Hunger Free ND Garden Project, which is marking its 10th year. “Sadly, in a ...

Plant lovers find each other at swaps, online or in person

Plant lovers have long gotten together to trade seeds and growing advice, and the latest generation is following suit with modern plant swaps. The swaps (sometimes called plant exchanges) for amateur horticulturalists are popping up in homes, parking lots, trendy gardening stores and online. ...

Gardeners, let’s praise the hoe

Hopefully, I’ve caught you in time, before your weeds have grown lusty. I want you to consider the much maligned hoe. Wait! Don’t stop reading. I know hoeing is the activity that (perhaps because they had to do it when they were young) makes too many adults give up gardening altogether. ...

‘Plant influencers’ offer decor tips for fall houseplants

Houseplants are a quick and easy way to dress your home in autumnal color. Anthuriums can add hues of pink, red or white. The philodendron’s cascading, heart-shaped green leaves bring a touch of the outdoors inside. And of course, the poinsettia’s red and green foliage is a popular choice ...

Let’s Cook: Reconnecting a friendship

Some hearts yearn to always move on and rarely remember the past, and some merely travel on the road of day-to-day experience. But the road that I like to travel on is the one zigzagging back and forth between present day and the past. Since moving back to Minot, I have had the opportunity to ...

Some common garden plants might help keep bugs away

If mosquitoes, gnats, black flies and no-see-ums are driving you buggy, then consider cozying up to some lavender, marigolds or basil. Scientists question their overall effectiveness, but many fragrant ornamental flowers and herbs grown around the home have properties that can repel ...

Kindness is Contagious: Kindness fuels a little girl’s run

My daughter Jordan’s love for running began when she was in about second grade. She would lace up her little shoes and run around the block — twice. At one point she convinced me to drive her to Scheels, a sporting goods store, to buy a special water container that she could wear on her ...

The Postscript: Made to Last

She wore it for one day in 1919 and it looked as if it was sewn with this in mind. My grandma’s wedding dress was more than a little worse for wear. It had been folded up in a small box and kept safe by my cousin, Jill. (How Jill ended up with it, I do not know.) I’m guessing the dress ...

Summertime ‘main dishes’ on farm were hearty, simple and filling

In the farm world, there is no “summer food.” I don’t remember our family’s daily entrees changing much between seasons, probably because good, basic, filling food was needed year-round. There were no lettuce wraps or charred shrimp-and-leek skewers when you were feeding a family of ...

Blister beetles and a vegetable problem reminder

Blister beetles are showing up in yards and gardens as well as agricultural crops. Blister beetles are a long, narrow beetle which feeds on many different garden and agricultural crops. The most common blister beetles in our area are solid black or gray colored. A less seen variety is an ...

VEEDER: Sisters, and a glimpse into our own future

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this with as much enthusiasm as I feel about the news, but my little sister has recently moved from town to the ranch and is currently living in the little cabin down the road waiting for her house to be built. Yes, we are officially neighbors now, just like we ...

Preventative maintenance is key to roof’s longer service life

Roofs get more abuse from the elements than any other part of the building, and preventative maintenance is a key element to saving money on your roof by providing a longer service life. It’s important to inspect our roofs surface after any severe storm or day of excessive winds. At least 95% ...

Discontinued cars offer value but should you buy?

For 2019, it’s the end of the line for some notable Ford and General Motors sedans. And as a result, dealers will be slashing prices to try to move these discontinued models out of their inventory. Savvy consumers can take advantage and get one of these overlooked cars at significant ...