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The “garden gals” showed up at Sue G’s house and embarked on a new adventure, she introduced us to Kokedama or Japanese moss balls. Providing all the ingredients necessary to make these, we got busy making moss balls to hang in our homes. Check out the photos, it was really a lot of fun, not […]
I love spring. I love tulips and I love all the colors of spring flowers that can make a beautiful spring landscape. I have been collecting photos of some of the tulip color combinations I have seen around town so I can make a plan for my garden. I hope these photos give you a […]
Our garden group met at Melonie’s house to learn about making fountains. She has made several fountains that are in her yard and so she demonstrated how we could make our own with a variety of materials. But the first order of business was to prune her old roses. I love to prune old roses! […]
The “garden gals” visited Lavender Acres in Meridian, Idaho to learn about pruning lavender in the spring, Grosso lavender specifically. Donna gave us a quick demonstration using the electric pruners and if you have a lot of lavender, you will need the electric shears, too. But, if not, the long handled pruners will work as […]
A Bright Weekend Getaway at Hemet’s Diamond Valley Lake By guest writer Daniel Henderson The drought in California, officially declared by Gov. Brown in 2014, may finally be over. The winter storms of 2016 kept school kids in cafeterias and libraries during recess and lunch, and caused slick roads for commuters. The shortage of water […]
Autumn, a beautiful time when the weather is perfect, nights are cool, and the apples are ripe. A friend, Kit, offered the Garden Gals the use of her family cider press and so we got together and had a pressing party! Their backyard was the perfect September setting to work at crushing apples and pears […]
Home orchards are a lot of work- trees need pruning, thinning and a watchful eye for pests and diseases. But if there is one job you should NOT neglect on your home orchard, it is thinning and summer pruning.
After many years of gardening in Idaho I have come to a conclusion about how I will grow my garden. I am tired of pampering plants, I am tired of buying some new beautiful variety to find out in a year or two, they don’t like my soil, or the humidity or the winter snow […]
This is a HOT week. Probably every day will be over 100 degrees. Hot weather, drought, expensive water- all reasons to pay attention to how you water your garden. You want to make every drop count. First, you should watch what happens when you are watering. I say this to those people who do not […]
Trap crops are used to keep the bugs busy eating a plant you don’t care much about so they leave your more treasured plants alone. Consider a trap crop a distraction, a red herring crop? It’s like they are saying, “Hey, look at me- over here- ignore that big green handsome crop down the way- […]
This week the garden gals visited Lavender Acres in Meridian, Idaho. We were allowed to help harvest the lavender and then hang some in the barn. We learned lots about lavender, the harvest and we all came home with a couple of bundles of the their wonderful fragrant lavender.