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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 ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: Trees in the spring — what to expect

North Dakota is a big state. In some places, trees are just beginning to bud out, while in other locations, they’re already done flowering and leaves have nearly fully expanded. Winter has barely left the northeast while spring arrived in the southwest awhile ago. What can we expect to ...

Begin scouting for cankerworms in central, southwestern ND

Cankerworm populations have been increasing in North Dakota for the past two years, and insect and forestry experts expect another population boom in 2020, according to NDSU Agriculture Communication information. Caterpillars of these insects defoliate a number of deciduous tree species, ...

Let’s Cook: An evening ‘picnic’

Can you guess what Jan, Lydia and I have in common with the Golden Girls, I Dream of Jeannie, I love Lucy and Elvis? If you are thinking we could be on the silver screen with them, well, thanks but that is not it. Perhaps that one of us has a hint of red hair and sometime acts like Lucy? That ...

PrairieFare: Take an international educational tour in your kitchen

“Mom, do you know how to make spaetzle mac and cheese?” my son asked via text message. Fortunately, I knew he was hungry for German egg noodles (spaetzle). One of our favorite local restaurants that specializes in the dish is closed temporarily. “I think we need a special tool to make ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: Prevent crabgrass this spring

Mother Nature can be extraordinarily fickle in the northern Great Plains. One day you are admiring spring tulips in your short sleeves; the next day, sleet pellets will coat the ground. This extreme weather variability dampens our hopes and makes timing the application of crabgrass ...

Spring clean your way to a safer kitchen

Many people have been homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the green grass begins to pop up outdoors, we often feel energized to do some projects. After a long winter, tackling a “spring cleaning” of our refrigerator and kitchen cupboards might be a good place to start. Check out ...

Mother’s Day gifts sure to please

Each year we set aside one day to honor mothers. And each year we struggle to find the perfect gift to show them we care. Cut flowers are one of the most popular gifts. No dusting and maintenance required, and they are sure to generate a smile. Behavioral research at Rutgers University found ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: Garden soil preparation

We are all anxious to get outside and work in our gardens after a long winter season. North Dakota State University Extension is starting a column to help you grow a bountiful garden and a beautiful landscape. We will share information each week that is based on scientific research and ...

PrairieFare: Don’t let COVID-19 make you a couch potato

“Wow, I’ve counted 21 people,” my husband noted as we walked around our neighborhood. During the last several weeks, I had noticed only a few people out walking. Most people have been confined to their homes due to the combination of cold weather and the social distancing that is ...

Minot Parks Boulevard Tree Program now open

The Minot Park District Boulevard Tree Planting Program is open and ready to take orders. “It’s a great time to put in your tree orders for the summer,” said Ron Merritt, executive director of the Minot Park District. “Our Forestry Department will help you pick out the perfect tree ...

Lush peonies add beauty, fragrance to early summer gardens

Set aside a sunny spot in your garden or landscape for a few easy-care, herbaceous peonies. These traditional favorites are treasured for their bountiful early summer flowers, vigorous, shrub-like habit and amazing longevity. Peonies blend nicely with other perennials and are a good addition to ...

Let’s Cook: Tried and true truckers, others

Which do you consider the source of higher, deeper, truer joy: the blessing which comes from having a friend, or from being a friend? When it comes to our recent lifestyle of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are blessed to have a sundry of friends. As I sit and work at the computer, I ...

Food Safety and COVID-19: Tips for Keeping You Safe

You may have heard with the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that you should be washing your food with detergent, dish soap or even bleach to prevent you from getting the virus. Don’t do that! Here some facts you need to know about food safety and the coronavirus. The Food and Drug ...