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Popular Peonies! - H281
Peonies are among the most adaptable perennials for North Dakota. This publication provides information on proper soil, placement, planting, spacing and cultivation. It also covers propagation, fertilization, when to cut blooms and varieties for this region.
Annual and Perennial Flower Selections For North Dakota - H322
The organization of this publication is to provide annual suggestions for specific locations in and around the landscape: Low growing plants, tall, shade, full sun/dry locations, for massing, naturalizing, and fragrance.
Strawberries - H16
Strawberries are one of the most prized fruits used in North Dakota homes. The information in this circular will serve as a guide in the production of strawberries for home use.
Refreshing Raspberries for home grown goodness - H38
Raspberries are high in fiber, vitamin C, and contain more calcium than any other temperate fruit. This publication offers information on varieties, planting, pest and weed controls, pruning, and winter protection.
Houseplants Proper Care and Management of Pest Problems - PP744
This publication summarizes how to properly grow houseplants and control the insect and mite pests and diseases that infest houseplants. Pest identification, damage symptoms and pest management strategies are described for insect and mite pests and diseases.
Weed Control in North Dakota Lawns - H1009
This publication discusses types of weeds, good weed management, herbicide use, and a list of effective herbicides for weed control in lawns.
Evaluating, Preparing and Amending Lawn and Garden Soil - H1325
One of the biggest steps to establishing and growing turf, vegetables, ornamentals or flowers successfully is understanding the soil that provides their physical support and supplies them with water and nutrients.
Home Lawn Problems and Solutions for North Dakota - H1553
The intent of this publication is to assist the homeowner in identifying problems and providing advice on actions they can take to solve these problems.
Planting Trees and Shrubs - H531
For more pride and enjoyment in a well-landscaped yard, plan carefully before buying and planting nursery stock. This circular will provide information and planting tips for a successful landscaped yard.
Pruning Trees and Shrubs - H1036
All woody landscape plants will need pruning during their lifetime. The objectives of pruning are to produce strong, healthy and aesthetically attractive plants that complement our property. You can achieve these objectives by gaining an understanding of why, how and when to prune, as well as a few basic pruning principles.
Asparagus and Rhubarb - H61
Asparagus is the earliest vegetable you can harvest from your garden in the spring. The young, tender shoots of asparagus usually reach cutting size about mid-May in North Dakota. New shoots may be cut as often as every other day if temperatures and moisture conditions are favorable.
From the Garden to the Table: Salsa! - FN584
While many excellent types of salsa are available in supermarkets, you can tailor homemade fresh salsa to suit your own taste buds. By following guidelines in this publication, you can safely process salsa in a water bath canner for later enjoyment.
Composting Practices - H885
The family vegetable garden, flower garden, trees, shrubs and lawn receive benefits from application of composted or organic matter. This publication explains the two systems of composting.
From Garden To Table: All in the Family! Potatoes, Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant - H1326
The focus in this publication is to bring these four popular garden vegetables together and provide a little history, basic cultural requirements, a list of some of the popular cultivars and some of our favorite recipes.
Gardening With Children - FN1372
This publication summarizes the benefits of gardening with children and provide information about basic garden preparation, tools and resources for parents/adults.
Pickin' Patch Feeding big appetites from small spaces - H1405
Short on space, learn how to get the most produce from a small garden.
From Garden to Table: Garlic - H1409
While garlic can be purchased in most grocery stores in different forms, growing garlic in your own garden is both fun and easy. This publication talks about the different kinds, the growing practices, preservation and recipes.
The Facts of Square Foot Gardening - H1597
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.
Tree Fruit Culture and Cultivars in North Dakota - H327
Growing your own fruit can be fun. This publication gives instructions on the care and varieties that are successfully grown in North Dakota.
Gardening Delights for All: Nontraditional, Money-saving, Sustainable Gardening - H1600
Gardening is for everyone: the young, old and everyone in between. In this publication, we are encouraging more "convenient" gardening, such as raised bed, container and square foot styles, for several reasons.
Insects Frequently Confused with Emerald Ash Borer in North Dakota - E1604
The Emerald ash borer is a beetle (Order Coleoptera). Beetles are recognized by having shell-like front wings called elytra. When the wings are folded, they meet forming a median line down the back. Currently, Emerald ash borer has not been found in North Dakota.
Potatoes...from garden to table - FN630
Home-grown potatoes, or those purchased at a farmers market or other venues, are a nutritious part of a healthy diet from early July until the following spring in northern areas.
Houseplants: Their Selection, Care and Impact on Our Lives - H1260
Houseplants have been a documented part of human existence since the days of the Egyptian Pharaohs. Nature did not create houseplants; humanity did. We have taken plants that were thriving in nature and brought them indoors to be a part of our lives, with widely varying degrees of success. The main challenges of growing plants indoors were low humidity, drafty construction, poor or no centralized heating, and poor light conditions.
Home Lawn Establishment - H1311
With the short growing season in the upper Midwest, homeowners’ desire to have a decent-looking lawn is high. Whether you are establishing a lawn, or you’re a frustrated homeowner wanting to improve what exists for turfgrass, the information in this publication will provide steps to a more attractive lawn.
Dutch Elm Disease in North Dakota: A New Look - PP1635
Dutch elm disease (DED) has been spreading across North America since the 1920s. It first was reported in North Dakota in Mandan in 1969, and it reached eastern North Dakota by 1973. DED has been confirmed in every North Dakota county.
Ash Tree Indentification - F1633
Ash trees (in the genus Fraxinus) are susceptible to attack by the emerald ash borer (EAB), a non-native insect. The first step in determining if a tree has been infested with EAB is to make certain that it is an ash tree.
The Old and the New: Two Needle Diseases of Spruce in North Dakota - F1680
Spruce (Picea spp.) is commonly planted in urban and rural landscapes in North Dakota and frequently suffers from needle loss. In general, healthy spruce retain four or more age classes of needles. Premature needle loss of spruce is the result of a variety of causes: improper planting, environmental stress, insect pests and disease. Rhizosphaera needle cast and stigmina needle cast are two of the most common diseases associated with spruce needle loss in North Dakota.
Garden Journal - H1692
The expense ledger is meant to keep track of all expenses associated with the garden. All seeds, fertilizer, chemicals and other purchases should be recorded here with their price. Recording the brand name or company from which each item was purchased also may be helpful as a future reference.
Impatiens Downy Mildew: A Threat to a Favorite Shade Plant - PP1702
Impatiens downy mildew was first detected in ND in 2013. Homeowners must be vigilant when purchasing and planting standard impatiens to prevent the spread of this disease across ND. This publication describes the signs and symptoms of the disease and offers alternatives to planting standard impatiens in the ornamental landscape.
Integrated Pest Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila in North Dakota - E1715
The spotted wing Drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is a small vinegar fly that was first confirmed in ND in 2013 as an invasive pest of fruits (raspberries, tart cherries, strawberries). The SWD lays its eggs in healthy, ripening fruits. Then, larvae hatch from eggs and feed on the fruit causing spoilage. Identification, life cycle, damage and pest management strategies of SWD are discussed.
Managing Apple Scab in North Dakota Crabapples - PP1735
This publication will help identify and manage apple scab in home landscapes.
From Garden to Table: Leafy Greens! - H1754
Learn how to successfully grow leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and more. After harvesting your bountiful greens, prepare them using one of these delicious recipes.
Growing Grapes in North Dakota: A Guide for Home Gardeners and Hobby Growers - H1761
This publication guides home gardeners through the process of choosing an optimal site for planting, selecting hardy cultivars, and training and pruning the vines. In addition, his guide provides information on managing disease and insects that are common to North Dakota.
The Root of Tree Health: Beneficial Fungi - F1782
This back to back informational handout on beneficial fungi, as they pertain to tree health and management.
Butterfly Gardening in North Dakota - E1266
This publication summarizes butterfly gardening including identification of butterflies, life cycle, how to plan a butterfly garden, planting a butterfly garden, flowers and host plants of caterpillars.
Tree Planting in North Dakota - F1785
This publication describes proper methods of tree planting and advantages/disadvantages of different types of nursery stock. Common mistakes and misperceptions are discussed, as well as post-planting care.
Bee-utiful Landscapes: Building a Pollinator Garden - H1811
Both native bees and European honey bees are in trouble in the United States. Homeowners can have a major impact on pollinators by planting a pollinator garden and providing suitable habitat. This publication will help you identify major pollinators, choose plants that will provide a continuous source of nectar and pollen, and safely use pesticides.
Tree Diagnostic Series - F1807
This series of 23 cards will help Extension agents and Master Gardeners diagnose the most common tree diseases and abiotic disorders in North Dakota. The cards contain diagnostic photos, host range, symptoms and signs, and management tips.
Pesticide Safety: A Guide for Gardeners and Homeowners - H1096
Pesticides include natural and man-made substances such as insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, disinfectants and rodenticides. They are used to help control, destroy and repel destructive pests such as insects, weeds, plant disease organisms, germs and rodents.
Diagnosing Spruce Disorders in North Dakota - F1818
Over a dozen disorders of spruce trees are presented. Disorders include insects, diseases, human-caused problems, environmental disorders and others. Color photos are included.
Starting a Community Orchard in North Dakota (Publication H1558)
This is a valuable resource for organizations interested in starting a community orchard. It provides information on how to plan the orchard, select fruits and organize volunteers. It also provides sources of plants, sample budgets, funding opportunities, sample contracts and bylaws, and sources of technical advise.
Tree Diagnostic Series (F1807)
This series of 23 cards will help Extension agents and Master Gardeners diagnose the most common tree disease and abiotic disorders in North Dakota. The cards contain diagnostic photos, host range, symptoms and signs, and management tips.
Interpreting the NDSU Soil Test Analysis for Managing Turfgrass (H1824)
This publication teaches homeowners and golf course personnel how to take a soil sample and interpret the soil test results to grow and maintain a health lawn. Subject include soil pH, soluble salts, and nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium recommendations. Micronutrients are also covered.
Refreshing Raspberries For Home-grown Goodness (H38 (Revised))
No other summer fruit grown in North Dakota can provide the exquisite flavor, high nutritive value and sheer delight of raspberries. They are high in fiber and vitamin C, and are a great source of antioxidants.
The Windbreak Cookbook Featuring Fruits of Prairie Forests (F1839)
Beside shade and wind protection, many trees provide edible fruits that can be used on our menus. This publication provides information about trees, as well as, many recipes that show how they can be incorporated into our menus.
Home Lawn Problems and Solutions for North Dakota (H1553)
This publication will assist the homeowner in identifying problems involving common weeds, diseases and insects that affect turfgrass. Practical advise is offered to help homeowners remedy the problems.
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