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Frost Threatens GardensFrosted tomatoes may burst open.

Jack Frost is threatening our gardens. The most sensitive vegetables include tomato, pepper, cucumber and squash. These plants require protection. Cloth and burlap blankets can provide a few degrees of warmth.
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Recommended Vegetable Cultivars for North DakotaPeas

Hundreds of gardeners in ND evaluate promising vegetable cultivars every year. Learn which cultivars grow and taste the best.
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Secrets for Growing Sweet PotatoesSweet potato after one year of storage

Can you grow sweet potatoes in North Dakota? Absolutely! Growing your own healthy slips can lead to good yields of quality roots.  
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Safe and Natural InsecticidesColorado potato beetle larvae

What do bugs and gardeners share in common? We both love to eat vegetables. Nobody enjoys eating vegetables treated with poisonous chemicals. It’s good to know that insecticides are now available that are effective, natural and practically non-toxic.
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Know Your ManureManure in pasture

The increased use of pesticides in pastures and hayfields has led to an increased incidence of contaminated manure in gardens. Tomatoes, potatoes, peas and beans are extremely sensitive.
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Square-foot gardenThe Facts of Square Foot Gardening

Square-foot gardening is a method of intensive gardening. This publications lists the advantages and "how to" tips to this practice that is gaining popularity.
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Raised garden bedGardening Delights For All: Nontraditional, Money-Saving, Sustainable Gardening

Gardening is for everyone: the young, old and everyone in between. In this publication, we describe more "convenient" gardening methods including raised bed, container and square foot gardens.
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Swiss chardEdible Landscapes: Gardening Outside the Box

Residential landscapes are usually designed exclusively with ornamental plants. Make your yard do double duty. Learn how to incorporate attractive edible plants into the landscape to provide food for the table AND for your eyes.
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SageHerb It Up!

Think about using herbs to flavor your entrees. Learn about growing and preserving herbs in your garden or in your home. Is there a difference from a spice and an herb? Learn what herbs go with certain dishes.
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