Back At Garden Blog After Pausing To Move House

I’m not very good at multi-tasking. During our summer/autumn house move I was able to keep up with our weekly Forum Communications garden columns Growing Together and Fielding Questions, but I didn’t produce our twice weekly AreaVoices gardening blog for the past several months. My days didn’t stretch far enough, and I missed our blog chats.…
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What Kind Of Gardener Steals Plants?

I’m so mad I could spit. I could also sit down and cry. Someone stole plants that were very important to us. Since spring we knew that our home of 30 years would be moved to a new location to make way for diking necessary to protect Fargo from flooding. In preparation for transitioning to a new…
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Should We Trim Shrubs And Trees In Late Summer?

When does late summer end, and early fall begin? Maybe it’s a half-empty versus half-full debate. At some point yard and garden tasks make the switch. Fresh summer vegetables finish up, replaced by fall harvest of potatoes, squash, pumpkins and onions. What about the overgrown lilac that we never quite got around to trimming earlier. Can it…
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How To Tell If Homegrown Apples Are Ripe

You did it. You nurtured your backyard apple tree from a tender sapling to fruiting. All in the course of about 4 to 8 years, depending on which type you planted. How can you tell if the apples are at the proper stage of ripeness for picking? Apples turn red long before they’re ripe, so redness…
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Plant Or Divide Iris In August

Iris have been called the poor man’s orchid. Because they’re so beautiful, I think I’ll opt to be a poor man. Iris have come a long way in the past 50 years, and the small-flowered less-showy varieties of yesteryear have been replaced by the gigantic blossoms and intense colors of today’s hybrids. Most iris varieties bloom…
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