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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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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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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