Two Sure-Fire Ways To Kill A New Poinsettia

The chilly holidays separate the wheat from the chaff where plant sellers are concerned, and I’ve got a confession. I enjoy closely watching the sales clerks to see if they offer to wrap plants sufficiently when it’s frigid outdoors. Last year, as I was buying a poinsettia at a grocery store on a sub-zero day,…
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Yard And Garden Plague: Japanese Beetle Now Established In North Dakota

It’s long been said that North Dakota’s cold winters keep out the riff-raff. Well, that may no longer be true. Japanese beetles, which voraciously gobble over 300 different types of yard, garden and agronomic crops is apparently here to stay, and is surviving our winters. Recent news releases by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture…
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Quiz: Can You Identify These Landscape Evergreens?

Everyone close your books and take out a sheet of paper. It’s quiz time. Remember when teachers told us exams and quizzes were for our own good because they helped us learn? Well, it didn’t always feel like it at the time, as I recall. Sometimes it felt more like teachers were having a bad…
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Russian Sage In The Perennial Garden

Has the gardening world improved, or has it declined over the past century? I do a lot of thinking while I’m planting, pruning and weeding, and I’ve considered how fortunate we are to be gardening in our present time. Take, for example, the number of perennial types that were unheard of when I was a…
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Is Your Christmas Cactus Fibbing To You?

The holidays are right around the corner, and Christmas cacti are in bud or bloom. But are you sure you’re not a victim of deception? It’s possible your Christmas cactus is masquerading under false identity. Or maybe it’s in the witness protection program. A very large percentage of what are called “Christmas cacti” aren’t really…
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