Author: Vicki

Bunny’s Garden

Instead of spending an hour working in the garden, Corie turned our May meeting of the “Garden Gals” into a special garden party. We toured Bunny’s garden and enjoyed an great lunch on the patio by the waterfall.

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Gail’s Garden

Gail’s Garden

Gail hosted the “Garden Gals” July meeting at her home in north Boise. First we toured her beautiful yard and vegetable garden, then we worked for about an hour in the vegetables, pruning shrubs and deadheading. After an hour of work, she thanked us with a lunch and many of the things were from her […]

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Amy’s Garden

Amy’s Garden

The “garden gals” got together to work in Amy’s yard in late June. Lucky for Amy there were 9 ladies working and so we got a LOT of work done. We weeded and wacked away at some stuff that had grown too tall. Some of her perennials were in bloom, but flopping over because the […]

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It’s Budworm Time Again

It’s Budworm Time Again

If you have the budworm caterpillar (or tobacco budworm) attacking your geraniums or petunias, you’ll notice it now, in July. Here are some symptoms that will lead you to the conclusion of budworm infestation: 1. Budworm poop (small black dots, the size of a pencil lead) 2. Chewed foliage 3. Lack of flowers – what […]

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Return of the Elm Seed Bug

Yes, it’s that time again when the elm seed bug invades our homes and garages. I find them on every window sill, hanging on doors, climbing into outside attic vents, window screens, in the rabbit feed storage. They really are everywhere. And when the temperatures get hot – in the 90’s or above they really […]

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Raspberry Rant

Raspberry Rant

The raspberries in my garden are crazy this year! I hope they are abundant in your garden as well. I have been picking every day and am so thankful for all the berries I now have in my freezer. I think some of the success is due to increased regular watering – they are on […]

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Juniper Hedges and the New Fence

I wanted to add several more pictures to update on the juniper hedges and their removal and shredding, the fence building and the flower bed planting. Here are the photos with a little bit of commentary. We hired a neighbor with a back hoe to haul out the junipers and move them to our pasture […]

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Best Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho - Part Three - Fall bloomers and Annuals

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Fall Blooming Here is a SHORT list of  fall blooming plants that grow well in Idaho heat  low humidity  alkaline soils  do not require a lot of water.    These are the best flowers I have found.  This is not a complete list by any means, and if you have some suggestions- I will add them! Asters: […]

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Hay Bale Gardening

Hay Bale Gardening

I have read a lot about gardening in straw bales….  But since I had a bunch of old hay bales, I decided to try hay bale gardening instead. Right now, I am growing a cucumber plant, strawberries and potatoes in 4 hay bales.  I like the bales, because I don’t have to dig in the […]

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The Missing Link

The Missing Link

I have found an interesting article from Elmore County Extension office in Mountain Home, ID- called “Missing Links in SW Idaho Soil Management”.   Here is the site to read it: http://extension.uidaho.edu/elmore/files/2013/12/MissingLinksinSWIdahoSoilManagement.pdf In this short article, it explains that our alkaline soils need a lot of compost, but also some micronutrients in order for plants to thrive. I wanted […]

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Wild About Hops

Wild About Hops

A friend gave me some hops last year and I loved the chartreuse  color and the height they provided around the garden.  Last year, two stems grew to the top of my garage and flowered.  The flowers are attractive, aromatic and edible. I decided to grow my hops in another area of the yard.  I had […]

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Best Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho - Part Two: Summer bloomers

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Summer Blooming Lavender: So many kinds of lavenders, so little time! I agree with the bees on this one- it’s great!  They can be very slow in greening up in the spring, but a patch of lavender is beautiful and fragrant and attractive to the bees. Lemon Balm: (Melissa officinalis) A vigorous reseeder  -there seems […]

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