Author: Vicki

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

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

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

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

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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Best NO FUSS Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho – Part One – Spring Bloomers

Best NO FUSS Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho – Part One – Spring Bloomers

I have read a lot of lists of the best perennials to attract pollinators, but many of them are written by people who live in other states. I wanted to make my own list of best perennials for  the bees of Southwest Idaho, Treasure Valley, eastern Oregon  .  Our hot dry summers, low humidity, alkaline soils […]

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Essential Garden Tools-My Bucket List

Essential Garden Tools-My Bucket List

I love my garden tools.  I have done a lot of gardening- for myself and for others and have tested out many different kinds of tools.  Now after many years, I will reveal to you what tools have made the cut and are still in my bucket! First of all, there is the bucket.  I re-used […]

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View from my Kitchen Window

View from my Kitchen Window

 While I am scrubbing out the dinner scraps from a pan, or washing glassware, I love to be distracted by the plants outside the window.  Here is my view in April!  Love to see the variety of color of the tulips! Everyone needs a kitchen window to look outside, to distract, to remind yourself of the […]

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March Rains bring April Flowers

March Rains bring April Flowers

Several times in the past 2 weeks, I have stopped to admire the tulips in my garden.  The flowers are larger, the leaves are larger, the stems are longer!  I know it’s not my imagination.  I remember some springs where a particular group of tulips near my sidewalk, barely bloomed- the size of a golf […]

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Spring is for Photography!

Spring is for Photography!

This time of year I cannot resist putting up a bunch of photos- everything is so beautiful! I have planted 2 shallow pots with lettuce and spinach to sit right outside my front door.  That way, if I’m in a hurry, I could just run out there and start cutting.  The red leaf lettuce is […]

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