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December 12, 2018
The Geminids will appear to radiate from near Castor in Gemini (yellow star symbol). The position of Comet Wirtanen is also marked. Observers watching from dark skies will see the comet without optical aid. Stellarium with additions by Bob King.
Look up: Geminid meteor shower on display Dec. 13
December 12, 2018 - 10:28pm
December 7, 2018
Distinguishing between a Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus is easy if you know what features to look for. David Samson / The Forum
Growing Together: Is it a Christmas cactus or Thanksgiving cactus?
December 7, 2018 - 10:38am
A reader asks if anything can be done to prevent further damage from this crack in the trunk of a willow tree. Special to The Forum
Fielding Questions: Saving a split tree, response from a concerned reader and more
December 7, 2018 - 10:30am
December 1, 2018
Strategy Analytics forecasts that more than 3.4 million video doorbells, such as this one from Ring, will be sold this year.   Ring photo
Video doorbells are winning over police departments and helping to nab burglars and porch bandits.
December 1, 2018 - 10:11am
Flocked trees have the appearance of freshly fallen snow like this collection from Baker Garden & Gift in Fargo. David Samson / Forum News Service
Growing Together: Making the choice between real and artificial Christmas trees
December 1, 2018 - 7:30am
Don Kinzler
Fielding Questions: An ailing spruce, adding ashes to soil and more
December 1, 2018 - 6:30am
November 28, 2018
Knowing how to wield your home's thermostat is one of the best ways to clamp down on the costs of heating, which the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts will slightly increase this winter because of colder weather.  Ecobee
How mastering your thermostat could save you a bundle this winter
November 28, 2018 - 7:09pm
November 24, 2018
A bathtub below an archway in the master suite bathroom of a multi-million-dollar home in Greenwich, Connecticut, on Aug. 18, 2009.  Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
Is a bathtub a necessity or a luxury? For some, the answer could be changing
November 24, 2018 - 10:10am
Growing Together: Introducing the 2019 Growing Together Gardening Calendar
November 24, 2018 - 5:00am
November 10, 2018
Don Kinzler identifies this vine as Virginia creeper, whose botanical name is Parthenocissus quinquefolia. Special to Forum News Service
Vine identified, how to protect junipers and more
November 10, 2018 - 6:02am
Research shows trees communicate by sending underground electrical impulses and above-ground hormones or chemicals. File photo / Forum News Service
Are trees communicating? Research says yes.
November 10, 2018 - 6:01am
November 3, 2018
Here's your checklist for final fall lawn and garden tasks
November 3, 2018 - 8:10am
Don Kinzler offers advice to a reader wondering if they should cut back their chrysanthemum this fall. Special to The Forum
Leave mum tops intact for winter, dormant seeding and more
November 3, 2018 - 8:10am
October 27, 2018
Home is where the bus is: Family prepares for life aboard traveling house
October 27, 2018 - 2:56pm
A reader asks Don why one white carrot grew among all these more traditional orange carrots. Special to Forum News Service
What caused one white carrot, why aren't my peonies blooming yet and more
October 27, 2018 - 6:35am
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