Tree Damage Management

Early season snowfall
Early season snowfall

Early snowfall this year cough trees still with leaves. That  lead to heavy wet snow build up on branches causing them to snap as matches, twist and split.

Now it is time to clean up. Save lightly damaged trees and cutting down hopeless cases. Unfortunately not every tree can be saved.  Here are few basic guidelines for managing damage.

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Rain is good. Too much rain is a trouble.

We been seeing very wet and cooler weather pattern last couple of weeks. People started noticing changes in their gardens and even larger trees. Wilting leaves, black or brown spots on leaves, pale or dark purple foliage color were the most common complains. So what to do now? Before making decision what to do, need to understand causes of it.  Continue reading “Rain is good. Too much rain is a trouble.”

Understanding the Different Types of Corn

63039276.UQtYQrsjThere are many different types of corn, with the two most common types being sweet and field corn. Within these two main groups are many distinct and separate varieties, which are often categorized based on the shape of the kernel. Each variety has its advantages and disadvantages: some are bred for particularly high yields, while others are bred for their taste, and still others are bred for a particular shape. There are also specialty corns, some of which are grown mostly for experimental use or for decoration. Continue reading “Understanding the Different Types of Corn”

Mysterious world of petunias

Choices can be overwhelming

It is getting more and more confusing these days just to pick all time favorite Petunia for your summer garden. New names and kinds introduced every year and adds screaming that each of them is better than the one before. What is the real best choice?! As many other occasions in life there is no straight answer… Some do better in pots, some in the garden. Some have big blossoms but doesn’t tolerate wind, some have small charming flowers and and do just right in summer heat. It is not the case when one fits all. I decided to do my part – do little research for my own knowledge and share it all with you. Hope that will help you to choose!

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Two ways to grow bell peppers

People who come to our greenhouse always have lots of questions about what is the best way to grow peppers, how I grow peppers and etc. So I decided to put it all on the paper so anybody can read it. Since customers are interested in organic gardening too I did little research and share my founding. Continue reading “Two ways to grow bell peppers”

Growing Chrysanthemums


Chrysanthemums as well known as cushion mums are most rewarding fall delights. These cheerful bright flowers are the last ones to get vanished by fall frost and snow. Mums are perennial plants. Every spring little sprouts comes out of the ground and grows vigorously like green bushes all summer long. And when other flowers gets first frost bites chrysanthemums opens up to brightening our flower beds. Continue reading “Growing Chrysanthemums”

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Cinderella story on the vine


When the day of the ball came, they made such a fuss. Poor Cinderella had to rush about upstairs and downstairs. She fixed their hair in fancy waves and curls. She helped them put on their expensive new dresses. And she arranged their jewels just so. As soon as they had gone, Cinderella sat down by the fire and she said. “Oh I do wish I could go to the ball”. The next moment, standing beside her was a lovely old lady with a silver wand in here hand. “Cinderella, she said ” I am your fairy godmother and you shall go to the ball. But first you must go into the garden and pick a golden pumpkin, then bring me six mice from the mousetraps, a whiskered rat from the rat trap, and six lizards. You’ll find the lizards behind the watering can. Continue reading “Cinderella story on the vine”

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Pineapples of North Dakota

Probably thinking that I am completely lost it. But check this out! It is possible to grow pineapples in North Dakota. Well, it is not like you can plant it in you garden, but… it is still possible with some TLC.

Pineapples are tropical plants. They grow about 2′ tall. It is considered to be more grass  then  a bush.  They don’t tolerate cold temperatures below 50 F. But they are fairly easy to grow as potted plants since they root system is small. Pineapples don’t require full sun what makes them suitable for indoor growing.   Continue reading “Pineapples of North Dakota”

New Garden Shapes: Ornamental Kale

Selling plants in greenhouse I heard a lot of comments like “don’t show me these flowers, I cannot eat them”. But here is answer to this one! Ornamental kale or flowering cabbage it is absolutely stunning fall flower that you can eat if you want!

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White Disappointment

I am always into trying new things in terms of gardening. I like new shapes, new colors, new flavors. I one of my seed catalogs I found miniature white pickling cucumbers. I was fascinated of idea  to have jar of white cucumbers on cold winter day. It was advertised as never bitter variety. So I decided to try it. Continue reading “White Disappointment”

Delightful Borders of Lisianthus

Lisianthus is native plant for southern part of North America and South America. Here in cold climates we grow it as annual plant. Colors of these flowers varies for deep purple to white, yellow and pink. Most common is  florist lisianthus. It is tall almost 3 ft plant. Long lasting blossoms and rose like flowers makes it perfect cut flower. Quite few times I caught myself staring at these gorgeous blossoms in flower shop as well.  Continue reading “Delightful Borders of Lisianthus”

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This year was my personal learning curve as far as growing eggplant. I always thought that this vegetable (which botanically considered to be berry) grows in tropical climates. But for my own surprise I been introduced to possibilities to grow it here in North Dakota. Apparently our short but dry and hot summer is long enough to get nice crops. Continue reading “Eggplant”

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