What Happened To My Zucchini?

One year your zucchini crop is so overly productive that you’re leaving them on every neighborhood doorstep, ringing the doorbell and running. The next year your zucchini, or other summer squash, barely reach finger-length before the ends turn soft and rot. And you certainly don’t want to admit you’ve failed at zucchini-growing when everyone else is peddling wheelbarrows full of…
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Hardy Perennial Gaining Popularity

Would you like to turn heads with a hardy perennial that’s one of the best-kept secrets in flower gardening? It’s fully winter hardy across North Dakota and Minnesota with its zone 3 rating. It’s low-maintenance, free of insects and disease, rarely needs dividing, is long-lived and tolerates a wide variety of soil types. What is this…
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What’s That Bug On My Berries?

Finding a maggot inside a freshly-picked raspberry is less than appetizing. Raspberries and occasionally strawberries have been under new attacks by insects invading ripe, homegrown fruit. These are relatively new problems that I never encountered during my past 50 years of berry picking. Only during the last several years have these bugs become a widespread problem, prompting many questions from gardeners,…
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NDSU’s Dakota Sunspot Potentilla A Green And Gold Winner

When thinking of NDSU’s green and gold, what could be more fitting than the potentilla called Dakota Sunspot? This potentilla, developed by NDSU, is truly something special. Of all the potentilla varieties on the market nationwide, Dakota Sunspot is probably the most floriferous. Although it was introduced by the university a few years ago, I’m seeing…
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Recognizing Herbicide Spray Injury

Every year there are many instances of spray damage to vegetable gardens, flowers, trees and shrubs from lawn weed killers. Can you recognize the symptoms? The damage happens when lawns are sprayed for weeds, and the herbicide drifts or is oversprayed onto plants that are next to the lawn. The ingredients in the common lawn herbicides, 2,4-D and…
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