Month: March 2013

Winter Starvation

Here is a photo example of how a hive of bees starved this winter. The bees clump together to stay warm and keep the queen alive, but when their cluster is too small, they are not able to move very far. These bees ate all the food on this honey frame, but the next frame […]

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Worm Bin Set Up

I bought 1/2 pound of red wrigglers from the Urban Worm in Boise. They sat in my garage for about 4 days until I finally gathered all the supplies I needed to set up my new worm bin. A gardener can NEVER have enough compost! Let’s see- I have 3 large compost bins, rabbits that […]

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March Snow

I guess it should not be a surprise when we have snow in March, but after a few days of 60 degree weather, it is a very rude surprise! I had not been paying attention to the weather reports, or maybe I chose not to believe what I was hearing on those reports. Here are […]

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Raised Bed Gardening

I recently helped a friend get her raised bed started for the spring. First, we scouted out the best location to place this. Because once it is filled with soil, its not going to be moved easily! First, we checked for sun exposure. The bed will be used only to grow greens, not tomatoes, peppers […]

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Worms for Compost

Yesterday, I visited the Urban Worm in Boise, to observe their wormy 🙂 operation and to buy some worms. I am going to start a worm bin for composting kitchen scraps. I have a large compost pile outside, but it is S…L…o..w to compost. I have bunnies that produce some nice fertilizer for the garden […]

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Bunnies for compost

You can see the cute rabbits that we keep in our garden – caged of course. They produce the very best compost for us and because it is a “cold” manure, I can apply it directly to the soil in my garden. No need to allow it to compost. The small pellets of rabbit dung […]

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Grape Trellis becomes a Grape Tunnel!

This is what I was seeing in my mind when I realized our grape trellis had rotted out: (Double click next to the word Vimeo to get it full screen- it is so much prettier!) My poor grape vines have been suffering in the last few years because the trellis is slumping. The post finally […]

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Warming the soil – Make a hoop house!

I wanted to get a jump start on planting some vegetables and so I needed to warm the soil.  The best way I could think of was to build a hoop house.  I was surprised at how easy it was to erect the hoop house and relatively inexpensive. Here are the supplies you need: 3/4 […]

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Starting Seeds

It’s March and time to get going on some seeds.  I have wanted to try making my own seed tape and after I saw the prices of factory made seed tape, I was convinced I had to do it! Plus, I had some old seeds from previous years and I wanted to use them up. […]

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Best Perennials for the Treasure Valley

In Idaho, it’s hot and dry in the summers and for some people, water is very expensive.   If you want to know what grows well in your area, walk around your neighborhood and check out the landscape.  Look to see what is in bloom, what is flourishing and even check out what plants look […]

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