Squash Vine Problem Becoming Common

Is it just my imagination or did gardening have less problems 50 years ago? Oh, we had the occasional cutworm that we fought with Folgers Coffee cans around each young tomato plant, and we were on the lookout for potato bugs. But squash was easy – you planted, it grew. Well, those days are long…
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Should Lawns Be Mowed Diagonally?

You know you’re a redneck if you need to mow the lawn to find where you left the wheelbarrow. On the opposite end of the spectrum are homeowners who fawn over their lawn, primping and coddling every grass blade into perfection. Discovering a weed causes a panic attack until all-out war snuffs out the invader.…
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Multipurpose Winter-Hardy Shrub With Healthy Fruit

Looking for a shrub that’s a little out of the ordinary? Plant an Aronia. Never heard of it? You might recall Aronia made all the news several years ago, as one of the new super-fruits that was packed with health benefits. Aronia berries were found to have 3 times the antioxidants of blueberries, and a…
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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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