THE DIRT Thwarted plans
I had such big plans. Well, ok, not big. But firmly cemented in my mind.
I have such a huge list of garden chores to be completed in the next two weeks, that I figured I'd better not wait to start un... Posted on 5/16/13 at 3:46 PM
THIS WOMAN WRITES Kitchen Failures -- Sometimes They're Delicious
This weekend, the Son and Heir was indescribably excited about making Gjetost (yay-toast), a Norwegian "cheese" produced by simmering whey for 12 hours until it reduces to a creamy, caramelized concoc... Posted on 3/21/13 at 2:50 PM
JUNKFEST Some Summertime Dreamin' for the Wintertime Blues
Strange timing for a garden post?
As I sit wrapped in a fuzzy blanket, on a colder than cold North Dakota evening...a garden post full of sunshine and sweet summer colors seems to be just the ticket... Posted on 2/2/13 at 3:15 PM
RELUCTANT STAGE MOM Didn't Miss Christmas for New Year's Revue
All actors are eager to work, but every thespian has their limits. My son, Aaron, had hisfirst bigrole in a children's theater production of Humpty Dumpty Is Missing. He played thecharacter Little Bil... Posted on 1/3/13 at 11:49 AM
IN THE BLACK Olive Garden Dinner Today & Dinner Tomorrow Special - EXPIRED
Olive Garden restaurants are running a Dinner Today & Dinner Tomorrow Special from today through November 18. You can enjoy an entree from a certain selection along with unlimited soup or salad and b... Posted on 10/8/12 at 9:19 PM
Rhubarb brings back many early childhood memories. I remember filling a Dixie-cup half way with sugar, running out to cut a fresh stalk, rinsing it under the garden hose (yes, we could do that in those days without getting sick) and dipping the end into the sugar for a sweet and sour treat. Without the sugar it was just too tart to be eaten alone.
Well, it was inevitable. The temperatures have increased and the snow has disappeared. Now the perennials and spring bulbs are trying to make up for lost time and are quickly coming up to make the garden look alive once again. Since we lost the entire month of April to be in the gardens, cleaning out old plant materials, picking up broken branches, and collecting the blown leaves, we will find ourselves extremely busy trying to get everything done in time for planting.
Looking for a fresh way to liven up your garden walls? Think plants, not paintings.
Living pictures — cuttings of assorted succulents woven together in everything from picture frames to pallet boxes — have caught on among garden designers and landscapers this spring as an easy, modern way to add color and texture to an outdoor space.
By Sarah Wolfe, Associated Press
, May 04, 2013
As suspected, the weather is changing quickly in our area. The warmer temperatures are finally moving in after a long and patient wait. In the coming weeks you will see very noticeable changes within the yard and garden. Plants will impatiently begin to spring from the ground and the buds on the trees will rapidly expand to eventually produce their lush canopy of leaves. This is also a good time to get any springtime pruning done before the leaves begin to appear.
Prairie Rose Garden Club meet recently to learn about “What to do with your grass now?” Pictured, from left, are hostesses Rickie Poseley, Jolene Mickelson and guest speaker Lance Brower.
Each week I keep thinking there is going to be less snow and more green ground to show me the promise of spring. Then I come back to reality and understand that we are only halfway through April at this point. Last year we were spoiled with a year without much of a winter, the little snow we did get was soon gone and we had summer-like temperatures that got me started in the yard early.
Gardening Saturday is April 27 at the Alerus Center, Grand Forks. This gardening program is co-sponsored by the North Dakota State University Extension Service and The Grand Forks Horticultural Society.
As an avid gardener, I always keep my eye out for the new and unusual. There is a great fascination with something that is different that nobody else seems to have. It is not just the rarity of the particular plant, but it is also a great opportunity to learn about and try something new and exciting. The most recent of these oddities that I have been growing is one of the Amorphophallus species. There are more than 200 different types of this species and they belong to the Arum family.
Looking for some help in the garden? Many of nature’s most useful critters lie literally at our feet, underappreciated and ignored despite their ability to eliminate insects, condition soils and pollinate plants.
Turtles, moths, moles, dragonflies, snakes, toads and spiders are among the many wild things that can help maintain a landscape. The payback is minimal — food, water, shelter and easing off on harsh lawn and garden chemicals.
By Dean Fosdick, Associated Press
, April 13, 2013
Every year when spring comes along, I am met with wonderful memories of the past. One of those memories is when I was in college and getting that March phone call from a friend of mine who was in her late 70s at the time. She would call and ask when I could pick her up to go to Minnesota and harvest pussy willow branches along the ponds. Like clockwork, she knew when they would be in their prime.
The Easter holiday is upon us once again and along with it comes candy for the kids and the images of the Easter Bunny delivering baskets of colored eggs. All are symbols of spring as the rabbit is symbolic of rebirth and innocence. For early Christians, the eggs represented new beginnings as it is said they resemble the stone that covered the tomb of Christ. Just as a chick emerges from an egg, it also represented the rising of Christ from the tomb after his death. The colors represent the spring season in which Easter occurs.
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