The state legislature should make rhubarb mandatory for every home yard – especially the type with ruby red stalks. Add asparagus plants and strawberries, and you’ve got an old-fashioned yard that is downright wholesome.
A recent visit to several local merchandisers selling trees, shrubs and plants called for expose-type reporting. My heart sinks when I see plants offered for sale that have little or no chance for success in our area.
Growing up in a German-North Dakota family, the closest thing to cooking with herbs was adding plenty of onions to the hotdish. And I tease my wife that her Norwegian heritage’s idea of spice is sprinkling sugar on lefse.
Q. In a previous column you referred to “hardening off.” As I understand, the plants (started indoors) should be moved outdoors close to the house. Should this be on the south side, or would the west side be better? – Mark Jensen, Grand Forks
A recent walk down the grass seed aisle of a national retail chain presented a confusing array of lawn products. Bargain blends versus high-priced name-brand mixes, and ingredient labels with varying seed percentages require sorting the details.
Spring frosts present tricky guessing game on when to plant
I’m not much of a gambler. My wife Mary is lucky, but when we’ve visited casinos, her pile of nickels is canceled by my shortfall. Likewise, I’m not a big fan of rolling the dice when it comes to gardening and spring frosts.
Winter damage causes needles to brown, rust-colored or purple-brown
A drive around town caused me to scrap the column I was writing about Easter flowers. When I saw evergreens in home landscapes showing large patches of ugly brown needles, I knew we should tackle the topic.
I enjoy good naturedly teasing Martha Stewart. She’s such easy pickings. Her list of must-do spring gardening tasks includes cooking watercress soup with freshly picked ramps. Just between you and me, I thought a ramp was used to launch a boat in lake country.
Q. My neighbor and I plant two large gardens. We install a three-wire electric fence after planting to keep animals out. The problem is keeping weeds from growing under the lowest wire and shorting it out.
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