Improved Zinnias Are Easy And Prolific

Ever notice how some flowers just seem happy? Zinnias are like that. If flowers could smile, zinnias would be grinning from ear to ear. Maybe it’s because they’ve been making gardeners happy since the days pioneers planted their first flowerbeds. Zinnias are fun and easy, and now they’re better than ever. Here’s the scoop: Zinnias…
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Three Ways To A Green Thumb

Do you know the most common gardening comment I hear? It’s “I just don’t have a green thumb.” My reply is always the same: “Yes you do.” I’m never teasing, either. If one has the desire, our own gardening efforts can make the Royal Gardens at Buckingham Palace look like a paved parking lot in…
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How To Keep Florist Flowers Fresh

Is it true adding aspirin to the water prolongs the life of florist flowers, or is it an old wives’ tale? I’m never quick to dismiss old wives’ tales, because some of the best gardeners I’ve known have been old wives. Other questionable home remedies for keeping flowers fresh include a shot of vodka, a…
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New Hardy Mulberry Has North Dakota Pioneer Roots

It’s truly rare when an entirely new, well-adapted fruit species is introduced into northern climates. History is in the making with the proud introduction of a winter hardy mulberry. This isn’t just any new mulberry, Trader Mulberry’s mother plant is 125 years old and still bearing sweet, delicious fruit in Barnes County, North Dakota. Introduced…
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Are Tender Roses Worth The Trouble?

Sit back, and I’ll tell you a tale of days gone by, when gardeners delighted in the roses they grew, cities had rose societies, old man Schmittenheimer’s roses were the talk of the town, and everyone’s grandmother had a vaseful of homegrown flowers in the good living room. Roses were a trophy for a job…
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