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Autumn the most glorious time on the North Shore

October 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Autumn on Minnesota’s North Shore is the most glorious time of year. For a brief period it looks like Jack Frost has gone completely mad with his paint brushes. Continue Reading

PRAIRIE GARDENER: It’s time for garden cleanup, winter prep

October 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Every autumn, the Prairie Gardener feels a little melancholy as he begins the annual garden cleanup. Continue Reading

PRAIRIE GARDENER: Gardener thinks of the tropics in August

August 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

With all the sweltering heat and blazing sunshine, you would think we were living in the tropics. The tropical look has been growing in popularity in gardening circles, and while it is too late to make any change this year, it might be something to consider next year. Continue Reading

PRAIRIE GARDENER: Dutch elm disease continues to claim trees

August 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

It’s been more than three decades since Dutch elm disease was first spotted in Grand Forks. That first victim was a small tree that grew where the Grand Forks water treatment plant now stands. Continue Reading

PRAIRIE GARDENER: Drought presents gardening challenges

August 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Our tomatoes are drooping, apples are falling prematurely from the tree and the lawns have that brown look. These are all indicators that we are facing the worst drought since 1988, 1956 or the 1930′s, depending on your age and memory. Continue Reading

PRAIRIE GARDENER: 2012 is a berry good year

July 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The summer of 2012 has been a great year for berries. Gardeners have harvested a whopper strawberry crop, and the raspberries are turning out to do the same. Continue Reading

PRAIRIE GARDENER: Classes set for NDSU Extension Service master gardener program

July 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The deadline to register for the 2012 master gardener program is Aug. 1. Classes will kick off Aug. 17 and continue through Oct. 5, according to Ron Smith, North Dakota State University’s Extension Service horticulturist in Fargo. Continue Reading

PRAIRIE GARDENER: Annual Grand Forks Horticulture Society garden tour on tap July 21-22

July 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Despite the heat and drought conditions, which have plagued the region for much of the summer, local gardeners are preparing their flower gardens for the 28th annual garden tour. Continue Reading

PRAIRIE GARDENER: White House, mall in Washington have gardens galore

June 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Four years ago, 26 elementary students wielded shovels, rakes, pitchforks and wheelbarrows to help first lady Michelle Obama break ground on the first day of spring for a vegetable and herb garden on the White House grounds. Continue Reading

PRAIRIE GARDENER: Strawberries are a sweet sign of summer

June 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Strawberries, either wild or cultivated, long have been one of the most prized fruits on our tables. The Ojibwe or Chippewa Indians observed June as the “strawberry moon” month for good reason. They found large patches of wild strawberries in grassy glens and on the prairies or low areas. While they had no way to store the bounty, they did enjoy this first fresh fruit of the season with relish. Continue Reading