FARGO -- Whew! Everyone take a breather. Together these past months we've planted, pruned, pinched, fertilized, weeded, dug, deadheaded, and stressed out over the latest insects and diseases. Let's wipe our brows, pause for a bit, and enjoy the midsummer beauty around our homes and cities.
I've been thinking lately about traditions. I suppose it's expected, because in less than five months we'll welcome a tiny new member to our family and spend our time showing her (I'm just going to go with "her" for now) around this place, introducing her to the people who love her and teaching her about the things that make up our everyday lives.
Before Charlie, I never had a dog in the house. I was raised with farm dogs. The ones who chase cows, nip at their heels and roll in manure. Dogs who drink from the lake, cattle tank or puddles in the yard and eat cheap dog food straight from the ripped open bag in the barn.
"Mom, I want to learn to make cheese," my 17-year-old daughter said.
"Cheese?" I responded, wanting to be sure I heard her correctly.
"I love cheese. I think it would be a good 4-H project," she replied.
She certainly knows how to get my attention and mentoring. I hadn't made cheese since I taught basic food science classes when I was a graduate student.
Shopping for healthier groceries, like whole wheat bread instead of white bread and lean meat instead of fattier cuts, would cost a family of four about $1,500 more a year at their regular stores, according to a new U.S. study.
Sometimes I feel sorry for plants because of our expectations. We want them to grow rapidly because we can't wait forever for plants to spread and "fill in." But then we wish they had the good sense to stop precisely at our desired boundary.
Vigorous plants are great or terrible, depending on your current viewpoint.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- There are jobs at the ranch that are truly enjoyable at times. Fencing is generally not one of them.
Fencing at the ranch involves wood ticks, nasty brush, a kazillion horse flies, barbed wire, pliers and a lot of bending over.
As our beloved American flag flies high this weekend and the fireworks light up the night sky, there’s a special group of people in our communities I want to honor. Without skipping a beat, they respond to a call for help. Sometimes there’s a happy ending; sometimes it’s sad. Through it all, their attentiveness is comforting and commendable.
FARGO-Kids from across the state recently converged on North Dakota State University's campus to, among other things, compete in a cook-off using products grown in North Dakota.
The mostly girls and some boys were taking part in the 4-H Extension Youth Conference.
FARGO -- Lawn grass has grown so speedily from plentiful May and June moisture, it's easy to become a redneck gardener. What's a redneck gardener? It's a homeowner who needs to mow his lawn to find where he left his wheelbarrow.
Besides mowing, June is a busy month around the yard and garden. Let's discuss timely do's and don'ts.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Well, wedding week at the ranch has come and gone. The relatives rolled in, the fences got painted and the ever-changing weather forecast had mercy on the couple hundred people who stood under a big, blue beautiful sky at the ranch in front of the red barn to celebrate love.
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