NDSU Extension Service
Picnic season is upon us! Who doesn't like a tasty sandwich with a side of chips and fruit enjoyed on a blanket in the outdoors? Don't settle for plain old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches - mix it up with some other ingredients you may have forgotten about. Check out 7 Steps to Creating a Sandwich to enjoy at your summer picnics.
While an attractive lawn can complement an equally attractive landscaping with trees and shrubs, one that is unkempt and weedy will be a major distraction. A good looking lawn is as important to the total landscape picture as a shined pair of dress shoes is to formal attire. The two just naturally go together. Photo by Even Long.
There is more to vegetable gardening than putting seed in the ground. It involves seedbed preparation, selecting seeds of varieties that everyone in the family will enjoy, and deciding what will get planted where and when, what to seed and what to be set out as transplants. These and other decisions are all part of realizing a successful vegetable gardening season. Vegetable garden photo by Lee Ruk.
Because trees have the greatest need for nutrients in the spring, fertilizer should be applied between leaf drop in the fall and leafing out in the spring. The health and vigor of a tree may be improved by fertilizers up to July 1. Beyond that time, new growth stimulated by fertilizer may not have sufficient time to harden off before winter. Oak tree photo by Deb Collins.
Perennials often are used to solve troublesome spots in the landscape. Some of these areas might be wet, dry or shady, or possess infertile soil. Annuals are used for their continuous flower color throughout most of the growing season. Here are some suggestions for planting flowers in specific locations in and around the landscape.Perennial verbena photo by Patrick Standish
Biotechnology and its use to modify the genetic makeup of living organisms has become a topic of heated discussion in recent years. Confusion is plentiful on the topic of biotechnology and genetically modified organisms. Flickr photo by Scott Smith.
People need different amounts of fruits and vegetables depending on their age, gender and amount of daily physical activity. Scientists are regularly reporting new health benefits associated with fruits and vegetables, so eating more fruits and vegetables is a worthwhile goal. Eating a variety of different colors of fruits and vegetables every day is a new way of thinking about meeting the goal. Flickr photo by Vmiramontes.
Sports drinks, such as Gatorade, Powerade and All Sport, contain carbohydrates and electrolytes, such as sodium, potassium and chloride. They are made for physical activity, to help rehydrate and to keep energy levels high. Are sports drinks really necessary? Not always. You can get these same benefits from other sources. A sports drink is not better for you unless you are active for 60 to 90 minutes or are exercising in very hot conditions. Anything less, and water should be the drink of choice. Flickr: Q. Speaks.
Pulses are a type of legume characterized by seeds that grow in pods and include chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), lentils and dry peas. Pulse foods are rich sources of protein, fiber, vitamins such as folate, and minerals such as iron and potassium. They are low in fat and sodium, and are naturally gluten- and cholesterol-free.