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Home and Garden
April 2, 2020
Residents staying home during coronavirus crisis are spring cleaning — too much, trash haulers say
ST. PAUL — A curious side-effect of coronavirus has emerged: the urge to purge. Trash haulers are groaning under the weight of extra garbage...
April 2, 2020 - 8:00am
March 22, 2020
Minnesota sewing army creating face masks to help fight coronavirus
ST. PAUL — Sewers are being hailed as grassroots soldiers on the front line against the spread of coronavirus as Twin Cities health care and...
March 22, 2020 - 8:00pm
March 21, 2020
State symbols are part of what makes Minnesota home
DULUTH, Minn. — An editor here was surprised recently to discover that Minnesota has a state bee. She made the mistake of asking me about it....
March 21, 2020 - 9:00am
March 14, 2020
Corpse flower blooms at central Minnesota college
BRAINERD, Minn. -- The Central Lakes College campus in Brainerd boasts a rarity likely of interest to those with green thumbs — a blooming...
March 14, 2020 - 1:21pm
March 8, 2020
In 3-D printing, one solid solution to homelessness
AUSTIN, Texas - Tim Shea is counting the days until he can move into a new 3D-printed house. Shea, 69, will be the first to live in one of six...
March 8, 2020 - 4:05pm
March 7, 2020
Plants help hospital patients heal faster with less medication
A big Mylar balloon with a happy face might perk up a hospital room, but if you really want your loved ones to get well quicker, give them plants....
March 7, 2020 - 7:00am
February 22, 2020
Tactics against spider mites don't always work
Q: I have a spider mite problem on my indoor plants. I have tried the following with zero success: Spider mite killer, Neem oil, and a solution...
February 22, 2020 - 12:00pm
Deer damage, Christmas cactus blooms and sweet carrots
Q: After damage by deer, I’m tempted to cut these Brandon arborvitaes down to 4 to 6 inches above ground and see if they will send up new growth...
February 22, 2020 - 9:00am
New perennials to look forward to in 2020
FARGO — The good old days often look better in the rearview mirror than when one was actually living them. Take gardening, for example. Heck,...
February 22, 2020 - 7:00am
February 15, 2020
LED plant lights, tap water for houseplants and ice-melting products
Q: In looking for LED lights to start seedlings, I notice some types give off bluish-red light, while others give off white light. Which is better...
February 15, 2020 - 9:00am
Fact or fiction? Debunking 10 yard and garden myths
FARGO -- I’m often asked if gardening information is true, or if it’s “an old wives’ tale.” As I’ve often said, I’m never quick...
February 15, 2020 - 7:00am
February 8, 2020
Removing geranium blossoms, keeping cut flowers fresh and rabbit troubles
Q: I’m overwintering my geraniums by my south-facing window. However, they are flowering like crazy. Should I leave the flowers, or remove...
February 8, 2020 - 9:02am
What's ailing your houseplant?
Did you know that if you’ve had a hard day, you should spend time with your houseplants? After all, they’re rooting for you. Sometimes, though,...
February 8, 2020 - 7:30am
February 1, 2020
What is this seed, dealing with worms in berries and a spider plant cutback
Q: Can you identify a seed for me from a description? In the fall, this plant's seedpods are quite large and prickly, like a miniature porcupine....
February 1, 2020 - 9:00am
Victory gardens are back! Here's why
FARGO — Are you familiar with old-time Victory Gardens, and have you heard they’re coming back? Let’s begin by playing the game “Tell...
February 1, 2020 - 7:00am