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.

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 […]

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 […]

Trench Composting

I am experimenting with different ways of composting. The traditional way of having large compost bins can be sooo SLOOOOOOW. Plus, in Idaho, we have to continually water the compost pile in the summer to get any decomposition to occur. On to trench composting. The benefits of trench composting: 1.The scraps are buried in the […]

What To Do After You Prune the Roses Without Killing the Bees and other Pollinators

After the roses are pruned, what happens next is fertilizing! I like to use a slow release fertilizer and I always add a few inches of compost around the rose. Try to keep it off of the stems. It can possibly cause damage to the stem. I do NOT use a systemic application to my […]

WHAT IS EATING MY PLANTS?!!

I wrote the caption in all caps, I think you understand the emotion behind it!  I love zucchini in the summer fresh from my garden.  In May, I planted seeds for 2 lovely plants.  The seeds germinated and put out nice green leaves.  Then, one day I noticed they were being eaten by an insect. […]