Author: Vicki

Disinfecting Pruning Tools

Back in the “old days”, we never worried about disinfecting pruning tools, or maybe I just was not paying attention. But now, there is a lot of talk about preventing the spread of disease-causing pathogens in your landscape. Maybe there are more disease-causing pathogens?? I am convinced that disinfecting garden tools is an absolute necessity […]

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Weeds

This is a great time to pull these weeds. The ground is soft and damp and so you just pull from the soil level and get the whole root. If you wait until summer when the soil is hard and dry, well, you probably know what will happen. Snap! You break the root just below […]

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What’s This?

What’s This?

A pictorial guide to the small green plants popping up outside. In the spring, when I head out to the garden to see what needs to be done, I often find myself wondering, “now what could that green thing be? “. Do you seem to do that too? It could be that I planted something […]

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Garden Events in the Treasure Valley Spring is just around the corner! There are a lot of garden events happening locally. Here are the ones I found (there may be more): February 13: DIY Zen Garden, 6-8pm at the Downtown Public Library call 208-971-8200 to register. Free. February 16: Welcome to Boise Gardening at Far […]

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Kokedama

Kokedama

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 […]

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Tulip Color Combinations

Tulip Color Combinations

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 […]

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Making Fountains

Making Fountains

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! […]

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Lavender Clippings

Lavender Clippings

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 […]

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Southern California Super Bloom

Southern California Super Bloom

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 […]

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Cider Press

Cider Press

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 […]

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Help! My branches are breaking- OR How Many Ladders Do I Need to Hold Up My Fruit Trees?

Help! My branches are breaking- OR How Many Ladders Do I Need to Hold Up My Fruit Trees?

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.

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Pampered Plants or Plants that Thrive?

Pampered Plants or Plants that Thrive?

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 […]

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