Three Ways To A Green Thumb

Do you know the most common gardening comment I hear? It’s “I just don’t have a green thumb.” My reply is always the same: “Yes you do.” I’m never teasing, either. If one has the desire, our own gardening efforts can make the Royal Gardens at Buckingham Palace look like a paved parking lot in…
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How To Keep Florist Flowers Fresh

Is it true adding aspirin to the water prolongs the life of florist flowers, or is it an old wives’ tale? I’m never quick to dismiss old wives’ tales, because some of the best gardeners I’ve known have been old wives. Other questionable home remedies for keeping flowers fresh include a shot of vodka, a…
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New Hardy Mulberry Has North Dakota Pioneer Roots

It’s truly rare when an entirely new, well-adapted fruit species is introduced into northern climates. History is in the making with the proud introduction of a winter hardy mulberry. This isn’t just any new mulberry, Trader Mulberry’s mother plant is 125 years old and still bearing sweet, delicious fruit in Barnes County, North Dakota. Introduced…
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Are Tender Roses Worth The Trouble?

Sit back, and I’ll tell you a tale of days gone by, when gardeners delighted in the roses they grew, cities had rose societies, old man Schmittenheimer’s roses were the talk of the town, and everyone’s grandmother had a vaseful of homegrown flowers in the good living room. Roses were a trophy for a job…
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Garden Phlox A Reliable Perennial Favorite

  It’s refreshing when a perennial doesn’t need pampering, coddling and coaxing to thrive. Many old-time perennials are low-maintenance and long-lived, as pioneer homesteaders had little free time to sweet-talk flowers into survival. Phlox paniculata is an old-fashioned perennial that’s enjoying fresh popularity. Phlox paniculata’s common names are simply garden phlox or tall phlox. (As…
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