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This April 4, 2016 photo provided by Dean Fosdick shows blooms on a Big Leaf Maple tree near Langley, Wash., which are among the first to arrive — providing floral nectar and pollen for early-season foraging bees. Trees are among the earliest pollinator plants to bloom in spring. People often overlook trees and their importance to pollinators desperate to find food in early spring. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Winter-blooming plants help bees overwinter in your yard

mes for honeybees as they emerge from their hives, where food supplies are dwindling, to forage. Adding clusters of winter-blooming plants around the yard will give them much needed nourishment. Bees take in carbohydrates from floral nectar and protein from floral pollen. Being aware of bloom ...

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Daughter’s love of dress causes issues for parents

We have an issue in our house these days. At least that’s what I’m calling it, dare I utter the real word and ignite the flame. I’ve been dealing with the “issue” moderately successfully for the past few weeks, but last night it raised its voice loud and clear while I was chained to ...

This undated photo provided by Party City shows a Halloween themed display in a front yard. Halloween offers the first big chance of fall to decorate your home, and there are lots of ways — from spooky to sweet — to get into the holiday spirit. (Party City via AP)

Spooky or sweet?

Before they even know whether the candy will be top-notch or king-size, trick or treaters are drawn to houses decked out for Halloween. "When kids are trick-or-treating, that's the first thing they see," says Tanya Graff, style director at Martha Stewart Living magazine. "It's fun when they ...

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Stories that begin on the back of a horse

Ever since I decided I wanted to be a mom years ago, I have been dreaming of my babies sitting on the backs of horses. I don’t know why really, except so many of my memories as a kid growing up out here are connected to horses. And while I keep the long rides bareback through the ...

Some fall pruning tips

The advice by many experts regarding fall pruning is “don’t do it” as it can cause more harm than good. – Pruning in the fall would stimulate new growth when a plant should be trying to go dormant. – New growth weakens the plant which is not what a plant needs when it is heading ...

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Roof maintenance is a necessity

Roofs get more abuse from the elements than any other part of the building, and preventative maintenance is a key element to saving money on your roof by providing a longer service life. It’s important to inspect our roofs surface after any severe storm or day of excessive winds. At least 95 ...

What it means to worry like a mother

My mom hasn’t been sleeping well. She says she wakes up in the middle of the night and lies there in the dark and breathes her fears and worries in and out — about her kids and grandkids and the unpredictable and uncontrollable things that happen to us in the circle of community. My mom ...

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Orchids, shown in this photo from Gardener’s Supply Co., do best with 12 to 14 hours of sunlight and indoor light systems can help supplement the amount of light needed for the plants to thrive.

Keep orchids beautiful and blooming

Lift your spirits, enliven your indoor decor or give the gift of beautiful blooming orchids. You’ll enjoy these exotic blossoms for months with just minimal care – once you know what to do. Start with a healthy flowering plant. The phalaenopsis or moth orchid is the most widely ...

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Follow some simple ‘pet proofing’ tips for your home

Let’s face it: pets are bound to get into a little trouble around the house. But from its open canisters to its loose wires, your home can pose some serious problems for your furry companions. While cats like to crawl into small nooks and crannies, dogs prefer chewing and consuming anything ...

VEEDER: It takes a village to raise a mom

WATFORD CITY — This morning I drove Edie to town to daycare so I could get some work done. My husband was gone hunting in Montana over the past few weekends and into this week, and so I’ve been on my own a bit more, managing a schedule of deadlines, performances, doctors appointments and ...

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Instead of raking leaves in your yard after they fall from the trees, there are other uses for them.

Don’t waste fall leaves

Each year as the leaves fall, the tradition has been to eliminate them. I am old enough to remember my grandpa burning them in big piles in the garden. Now the usual fall chore is to bag them and send them to the land fill. Don’t!!! They are valuable to your yard. If you have a compost bin ...

This Nov. 7, 2008 photo shows squash and pumpkins in an assortment near New Market, Va. Squash vary in the amount of time they need to mature and in how long they can be stored. Some, like acorn squash, should be eaten right away. Others can be stored in cool conditions for two to six months after being harvested. Harvest homegrown winter squash at peak maturity and before the first hard frost arrives.(Dean Fosdick via AP)

Handle with care: Hard-shelled winter squashes are softies

Winter squash is finally nearing maturity after spending 80 to 100 days growing in the family garden. What is not generally known, though, is that these hard-shelled vegetables can be such softies when handled. That increases the odds of spoilage while they're in storage. "Broken skin allows ...

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Fall festive decorating

Fall is the time for decorating porches and other outdoor areas in golds, browns, oranges and other festive colors in harvest and bounty themes. Berry Acres located west of Minot, operated by Calvin and Ashley Berry, offers some outdoor decorating ideas that can be incorporated into themes for ...

VEEDER: How I spent an unexpected dose of free time

Apparently when I’m pregnant I can’t help but feel like I’m a ticking time bomb, waddling around counting the days until my world explodes into unmanageable chaos. So I have a tendency, I’ve learned, to try to manage the heck out of everything in my path in the meantime. I ...

Fall time for lawn weed control, pruning trees & shrubs

Fall Lawn Weed Control Fall is an excellent time to do lawn weed control. The weeds are preparing for winter and are most vulnerable to control with a herbicide. Plants such as weeds are moving nutrients from their leaves down to their roots to be stored until needed to start growing again in ...

This undated photo provided by Designer Michael Wolk, shows how Wolk used terrazzo in this south Florida residential project, creating a neo-modern, Zen-like retreat. The material is favored by many architects and designers for its warmth, elegance and character. (Dan Forer/Michael Wolk via AP)

Terrazzo — the stuff of old hallway flooring — goes upscale

Many of us think of terrazzo — a composite including chips of various stones and glass — as a utilitarian flooring material, something you see in lobbies or hallways. But the centuries-old material is being rediscovered by architects and designers who are adapting its distinctive patterns ...

VEEDER: How the progression of time and technology collide then diverge

​Long ago, before the invention of the Internet, I would spend winter evenings sitting on the worn-out pink carpet on my bedroom floor, pressing record on a cassette player/radio trying to catch my favorite song so I could play it back, over and over again, and commit it to memory. Before ...

Fall perennial flower garden tasks

Fall is an ideal time to move and divide many spring flowering perennials. One which comes to mind is peonies. They respond to dividing or moving best when done in the fall. Even though their foliage will wilt down some after digging, they will vigorously be growing new roots before the ...

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Using a combination of artificial and natural light helps plants better tolerate the less-than-ideal indoor growing environment. Photo from Gardener's Supply Company.

Successfully transition houseplants indoors for winter

Help your houseplants make a smooth transition from their outdoor summer home back inside for winter. The lower light and humidity indoors along with any insects that hitched a ride indoors make it difficult to keep these plants looking their best. Give them a shower before they move ...

This June 2010 photo shows beans, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and peas growing a garden near New Market, Va., and are among the best self-pollinated plants to use for seed saving since their offspring will be dependable. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Saving seeds also saves money and plant history

Seed saving is precisely that. Gathering seed saves money for the next planting season and also saves genetic strains that may have originated generations ago in family gardens. But it takes planning and good timing. "Seed saving has always been a common way to save seeds that were adapted ...