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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The Importance Of Thinning Garden Vegetables

It seems a shame to destroy perfectly good little vegetable seedlings. But when rows of carrots, radishes and lettuce emerge from the garden soil as thick as hair on a dog’s back, something must be done. If allowed to progress, too-thick seedlings never develop, resulting in carrots thin as shoestrings by season’s end. There’s an old…
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Mowing Height Affects Lawn Health

The fragrance of freshly-mown grass is awesome. It’s aroma therapy at its finest. Not only does mowing smell nice, but the proper mowing height can make our lawns healthier. Adjusting the lawn mower so it cuts grass to a properly-high height make lawns healthier because: Grass plants become healthier if they aren’t scalped from too-low mowing.…
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