Old House Move, One Year Later

It’s been a year this August since the old house was moved to make way for Fargo’s flood control projects. Moving a home that’s 122 years old is a large task. The physical act of loading a house onto a truck and hauling it down the road by house movers is no small matter. And…
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My Favorite New Hardy Shrub Rose

When my wife, Mary, and I operated our greenhouse business 30 years ago, hybrid tea roses were the rage. Their picture-perfect, heavenly perfumed blooms in rich colors rivaled florist’s long-stemmed roses. Growing roses was a fine art, and the more you fertilized and fussed, the more spectacular they grew. Successful rose growers were held in…
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Dealing With Above-Ground Tree Roots

Tree roots are supposed to stay in the ground, right? They aren’t supposed to be surfacing up in our lawns, ridging partially out, making it difficult to mow. Well, not necessarily. A walk through the woods teaches us to be on the lookout for large horizontal surface roots of old trees, protruding enough to make…
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Why The First Cucumber And Squash Blossoms Don’t Set Fruit

It’s exciting when the season’s first huge squash flowers and small cucumber blossoms begin to open because fruit can’t be far behind, right? Well, not so fast. Gardeners anxious for the first signs of harvest are often disappointed when the first blossoms drop, with no fruit formed. There’s a reason the first blossoms of squash,…
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Benefits Of Mulching Tomatoes

It’s no wonder the tomato remains America’s most popular homegrown vegetable. I’m glad grocery stores offer tomatoes, because the tasteless produce makes us savor our garden tomatoes all the more. In fact, a few years ago I conducted a homegrown tomato taste-test of various popular garden varieties. I snuck in a store-bought tomato also. One of the panelists, upon…
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