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 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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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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How To Keep Geraniums Blooming Vigorously

Geraniums are a must-have for many of us in our outdoor containers, planters and window boxes. They’re a favorite because they bloom from the moment of planting until the season’s end. But how can we maximize the number of blooms, keeping them producing loads of large flowers? Here are several key points for helping geraniums…
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Planting Techniques For Better Tomatoes

  Tomatoes love warm weather. In fact, until the soil warms to a certain temperature, tomato roots won’t even grow. That’s why it often doesn’t pay to transplant tomato plants into the garden too early. In our region, the ideal tomato planting time is between about May 15 and May 25. Tomatoes are easily injured by freezing…
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