PRAIRIE FARE Try More Cruciferous Veggies
Brussels sprouts are neat. They look like little brains, my husband said to my son and daughter, who were about 9 and 6 at the time.
I think he was hoping to entice them. Gross food sometimes appea... Posted on 10/4/13 at 2:54 PM
REALLY EATING: FINDING REAL FOOD IN THE VALLEY A Sunday full of "real food"
It's been a while since I spent much time focused on "real food." We're still eating a lot of real food, but it's been mainly grilled meat with grilled vegetables from the garden, or lunches that I've... Posted on 9/22/13 at 7:16 PM
THE NEW FORTY The intermittent gardener...
On days when the temperatures are tolerable I do marathon sessions in my garden. I typically tell myself that I will just be out there for two hours and six hours later when I wander back inside I won... Posted on 8/24/13 at 2:54 PM
THE DIRT: THE REAL DIRT ON GARDENING FROM A MASTER GARDENER IN MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA Vegetable update
I realized I never gave an update on what I did with the available space in my vegetable garden this weekend.
I looked at quite a few different places in town and was just starting to think I would n... Posted on 8/14/13 at 6:52 AM
Almost 53 percent of Americans will soon purchase a nochebuena. Although it sounds like something you’d order at a taco drive-thru, nochebuena is the name Mexican locals gave to the red-flowered plant brought to the United States in 1826 by Joel Poinsett. We call it the poinsettia.
Q. I know it’s best to prune apple trees when they’re dormant in February, but my yard becomes 5 feet deep with snow and I’m unable to reach branches. Would pruning in December work? – Jean Madsen, Mapleton, N.D.
Christmas centerpieces made from fresh evergreens are a perfect antidote for the artificial Christmas tree blues. Fresh cut greenery gives our homes the aroma of the real thing. And we don’t need to be a perky home-show media maven to construct a holiday centerpiece.
Q I am concerned that I have oak wilt spreading in my yard. My smaller oaks start out fine, but by July the leaves curl and turn brown, and it’s moving to other trees. I read an Extension office article that said the only remedy is trenching 5 feet down to separate the roots. Can you help me diagnose and remedy this problem?
Among her list of gift ideas for gardeners, Martha Stewart includes gold plated earrings hanging in the shape of string beans at a price of $150. I know Martha means well, but I’m not really a jewelry kind of guy.
Q I thought my bittersweet vine was the American variety (Celastrus scandens), but now I’m not sure, and I’ve been hearing horror stories of the type from the Orient (C. orbiculatus) taking over and strangling large trees.
My original idea for this week’s column dealt with the question “What do squash and potting soil have in common?” I planned to describe the need for investigative reporting to determine which kinds are best because there are so many different types of both squash and potting soil.
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