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First Lady Quotes and a Snappy Cookie

Since 1992, there has been a First Lady Cookie competition. It was renamed the Presidential Cookie Poll a few years later. This contest has been a popular event in the past seven elections; and if you don’t think cookies have pull, guess again. This contest correctly predicted the election ...

Extend your enjoyment of nutritious pumpkins

Pumpkin is not just for dessert. Consider using this low calorie, flavorful vegetable, botanically classified as a fruit, in any of the courses of your fall or holiday meals. The beta carotene that gives pumpkin its orange color is an important antioxidant. Increasing the beta carotenes in ...

Prairie Fare: The aroma of pumpkin spice fills the Autumn air

I heard our dogs yipping at 4:30 a.m. They were persistent. I went downstairs to see what they wanted. They did not want to leave the warm house to investigate our backyard. They sat near the table looking up at a box of chewy, teeth-cleaning treats. They barked until I got the ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: Give your trees a little winter protection

I have a confession to make. Every fall, I’m hypocritical in regard to tree care. Generally, I don’t pamper trees; I’m tough on them. If they’re going to survive our challenging climate in the northern Great Plains, they’re going to have to do it on their own. Well, mostly. But in ...

Prairie Fare: Try these 5 questions about storing vegetables

“Wow!” I said as I pulled a huge carrot out of the ground. “Now that’s a carrot!” My daughter and I harvested our raised bed gardens the other day. The gardens are about 3 feet tall with ample room for vegetables to grow. I appreciate not needing to bend or use a shovel. Some of ...

Fall garden tasks to protect your landscape from winter wildlife damage

As the seasons change, we adjust our gardening tasks and plantings to match. Animals also make changes this time of year, often changing their eating habits and dining locations. These adjustments can impact your gardens. Reduce the risk of damage by starting in fall to protect your landscape ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: The rich history of Jack-o’-lanterns and Pumpkins

Each year, families make the pilgrimage to the pumpkin patch to purchase the perfect specimen for carving jack-o’-lanterns. How did this Halloween tradition originate? A long and interesting history on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean underlies this tradition. According to Irish folklore, ...

Prairie Fare: Be a fan of cows

“Do you want to go see the cows?” my grandpa asked me when I was a young child. Well, of course, I did. I was halfway out to the barn by the time he finished his sentence. I especially enjoyed interacting with the calves that licked my hands with their silky smooth tongues. I wanted ...

Classic Blue and Pumpkins

Have you noticed the bright shade of blue that is painting majesty above the golden harvest in early evening? It is easiest to distinguish right before twilight bids night—her evening shade of bold midnight blue. This bright shade of blue at some moment is 19-4052 Classic Blue which is ...

Why is Vitamin D Making the News

One day I was writing my “Prairie Fare” column at my desk when the phone rang. The gentleman identified himself as a retired lawyer and mentioned the topic of a recent column I had written. He had read it in his local paper. I missed the part about him being a “retired” ...

End of the Gardening Season

The gardening season is pretty much done for this year. It is time to put away all the cute yard ornaments, clean up and store tools, and do the last few garden maintenance items. A couple things you might not think of – make sure to have hoses drained before it freezes and have flower pots ...

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 ...