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Victory Gardens making a comeback?

During this pandemic, you may have started doing things you never imagined doing before: homeschooling your children, working from home, canceling your trips, and preparing more meals at home. We have also struggled to find our favorite items in the grocery stores. Some of our favorites have ...

Let’s Cook: Respect and understanding

Two anxieties have recently captured the attention of the world. We all have been dealing with the impact of COVID-19 and ability to corral this virus. Now, in the face of the current tragic and sad events of racism, we share unimaginable pain and loss gripping our nation. We are a collage ...

Prairie Fare: Try these 7 questions about sun safety

“Am I going to need sunglasses?” my husband asked me. That was an unusual question. Then I noticed he had a smirk on his face. I was doing yardwork and feeling a bit warm in the summer sun. I had announced I was going inside our house to change into shorts. After a long, cold winter, ...

Carrot: A tough root to take root

Recently, I received a call at the Extension office about, “sowing your carrot seeds and then placing a board over them until they germinate.” The person asked if I had ever heard of this? Well, no I had not, so I looked on the NDSU Extension website, found nothing, and advised on how to ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: Can a raised garden bed be functional and beautiful?

Many apologies to my patient neighbors! My first raised garden bed was admittedly an eyesore. We did a standard raised garden bed using cedar 2x10s as the frame. Within 15 minutes of filling the bed with a soil mixture, a stray cat brazenly jumped into the low bed and used it as a litter box. ...

Small space gardening

Many gardens today have become much smaller and more manageable than years ago. As a child growing up on a farm, I remember how much bigger the garden was and how the rows seemed like they stretched on for miles, especially when I was in trouble and had to weed them! The harder I cried, the ...

Prairie Fare: Rhubarb, anyone?

The other day, I was wandering around my backyard, checking on the new growth of my perennial plants. The rhubarb I planted a couple of years ago is producing a good amount of stems. I was worried that I had pulled too many stems last year in its second season. I harvested less than ...

Boost your landscape’s curb appeal in one weekend

Create a front garden that is sure to boost your mood and welcome visitors all year round. All you need is one weekend and a bit of paint, flowers, decor and edging material to boost your landscape’s curb appeal. Add a splash of color by painting your front door. Look for colors that ...

Let’s Cook: Lutheran Lemon Ladies

In our home we have been welcoming spring with the fresh taste of lemons. Ah the color, size, and abundance of juice in handpicked Arizona lemons – there is simply nothing like it. The lemon box held center stage in our home thanks to two Lutheran Lemon Ladies. Did you know that there are ...

Prairie Fare: Where’s the protein?

“If you have ‘helpers’ put them to work,” the article said. “We warn you, you’ll have to grin and bear it the first few times you try putting your family to work,” it continued. “More trouble than the work’s worth, you’ll think.” “But you’ll change your mind once ...

Keeping weeds at bay!

Did you know, weeding takes more time than any other cultural practice in vegetable and flower gardening? If you are a procrastinating gardener, then you know all too well about weeding. I don’t know about you, but pulling weeds is not the best use of my valuable time. Trying to keep ahead of ...

Local gardeners return to Rainbow Gardens

Gardeners have grown fruits and vegetables at Minot’s Rainbow Gardens for decades. During the COVID-19 pandemic, gardeners of many ages are getting outside to get some fresh air and exercise. Locals Beaty and Leo Schell have rented the same garden plot for 16 years. Their plot started out as ...

Can I plant my tomatoes and peppers?

With this nice weather it is hard not wanting to get out and get all the yard and garden work done. I, too, want to get my annual flowers and potted vegetables planted in the ground. It is still a bit too early; the end of May to the first week of June is more ideal time for those tender ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: Unexplored vegetable garden spaces

You always seem to have projects when you own a home. As a gardener, I tend to add more to the outside to-do list than the inside list. I have been working on re-doing the rock and fabric landscaping around my house. The work is slow, one shovelful at a time, but this spring I am reaching ...

Prairie Fare: Are you exploring your freezer for menu options?

I took a bite of homemade buttermilk pancakes. Having breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite meals. Then I took a bite of sausage. The more I chewed, the worse it tasted. I also noticed it had a bad aroma. “How old is this sausage?” I asked my husband, who was head chef that ...

Let’s Cook: Congratulation graduates

Graduations across America this year will not be as planned due to COVID-19. Whenever I hear Pomp and Circumstance, I know that a ceremony of grandeur is likely to follow. This musical number is almost exclusively connected to graduation ceremonies from high school or colleges and ...

PrairieFare: Prepare food safely regardless of the number of guests

“Mom, I feel like a bandit,” my 16-year-old daughter said as she adjusted her cloth face mask as we entered the grocery store. I’m glad she has kept her sense of humor. I wiped the handle on the grocery cart with a disinfecting wipe. I adjusted my mask and looked over at her. With ...

Can I eat my rhubarb?

Editor’s note: NDSU Extension-Ward County introduces Kitty Torkelson who is the new horticulture assistant. She is available to answer horticulture questions now until early fall. Torkelson has been active in the Master Gardener program for 20 years and studied horticulture at the ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: The best peas for North Dakota

One of the joys of life is eating fresh peas in the garden. You pick the pods, shell them and pop the peas into your mouth. Sweet and delicious! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, give it a try this spring. The cold weather this spring has delayed planting, and many of us will be ...

PrairieFare: I’m spillin’ the beans

“Do you need any rice?” I asked with a slightly muffled voice. I was strolling with my son in a grocery store. Both of us were wearing cloth face masks. “No, I’m good,” he replied. “I have 50 pounds.” I think he said 50 pounds, anyway. He laughed when he saw my wide eyes ...