Saving Water in the Garden

Saving Water in the Garden

This is a HOT week. Probably every day will be over 100 degrees. Hot weather, drought, expensive water- all reasons to pay attention to how you water your garden. You want to make every drop count. First, you should watch what happens when you are watering. I say this to those people who do not […]

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Too Much Kale OR Kale for Kristmas!

Too Much Kale OR Kale for Kristmas!

KALE!!! So much kale, so little time… I love having a lot of kale, but there is no way it can all be eaten this summer. So, it has to be put up to enjoy for fall and winter and Kale Kristmas. Here are 2 ideas on what to do with all that kale.

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Trap Crops

Trap Crops

Trap crops are used to keep the bugs busy eating a plant you don’t care much about so they leave your more treasured plants alone. Consider a trap crop a distraction, a red herring crop? It’s like they are saying, “Hey, look at me- over here- ignore that big green handsome crop down the way- […]

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Lavender Farm

Lavender Farm

This week the garden gals visited Lavender Acres in Meridian, Idaho. We were allowed to help harvest the lavender and then hang some in the barn. We learned lots about lavender, the harvest and we all came home with a couple of bundles of the their wonderful fragrant lavender.

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Garden Videos

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Spring Plants That Repel Animal Pests

Spring Plants That Repel Animal Pests

Today, I have a guest writer on Vicki’s Garden Tips: Her name is Trisha Miller, from http://www.thatdangvegan.com. You can find more about Trisha at twitter @thatdangvegan, or email her at thatdangvegan (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you, Trisha for your timely article! Thursday, this week, I had a gopher tunneling through my front door flower […]

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Tour a Peaceful Boise North End Garden

Tour a Peaceful Boise North End Garden

Last summer, we filmed a beautiful North End garden in Boise, Idaho. The tranquil sounds of water from the stream and waterfall greet you upon entering the backyard. Take the tour of Gail’s garden. Or follow this link to the vimeo site for full page viewing: https://vimeo.com/159252013

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A Simple Guide to Pruning Hybrid Tea Roses in Spring

A Simple Guide to Pruning Hybrid Tea Roses in Spring

I said simple, so I’m gonna make bullet points for those who skim read only. For you who want more detailed info, it will be after this text. 1. Clean all your pruning tools. 2. Prune all the canes for height. You determine the height you want. More info below 3. Cut to the base […]

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Spring is almost here!

Spring is almost here!

Sometimes, I dread the approach of spring. There is so much work to be done, raspberries, blackberries and grapes to prune, cleaning out the old garden scraps that were left over the winter. Once I get outside, though, it is a different story. I love the sunlight on my body, the fresh breezes, the solitude […]

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Bulbs for Spring- Plant now.

Bulbs for Spring- Plant now.

Somehow, it doesn’t make sense: We have worked through a long hot summer of weeding and deadheading Now, processing tomatoes and peppers, pumpkins. I want a rest!- But, if I want flowers in the spring (tulips), they have to be planted this month. It is so easy to talk yourself out of doing it and […]

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Cages!

Cages!

I love my flowers, but by August, I am worn out. It’s the heat, the vegetable garden that needs attention and running off to see the grandkids that keeps me away from the flower garden. Today, I finally decided enough is enough- the flowers are an unruly mess and I placed cages around the worst […]

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A Cutting Garden for South West Idaho

A Cutting Garden for South West Idaho

It is always fun to have flowers to cut and bring into the house. It is NOT fun when those flowers droop after a few hours in a vase! So I put together a pinterest board of some flowers that do good to great in a vase- meaning they last longer than a day or […]

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