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!

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Planting Seed Tape

Planting Seed Tape

Here is a short video on planting some home made seed tape.  It’s March and the weather is warming up-  nights are below freezing but just barely and the day time temps are in the 50’s. This seed tape I made with a strip of toilet paper and glued the radish seeds with simple water […]

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Soil Survey on the Web

Soil Survey on the Web

Here is a link to the USDA Web Soil Survey.  http://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/WebSoilSurvey.aspx. You can put in your physical address and obtain a free report on the type of soil in your garden.  Don’t confuse this with an actual soil test, though.  The soil survey tells you the general properties of the soil in your area, its […]

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November 1 and Here is What is in Bloom!

It’s been a mild fall.  The tree colors have been fabulous and we really have not yet had a hard frost.   The frost has taken out the tomatoes and the basil, and the melons, but there is still plenty of color to be enjoyed! My favorite rose, Mr. Lincoln, has several fragrant blooms. The […]

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Broom Corn

This year I grew some broom corn with the plan to make a broom, of course.  The corn is fun to watch it grow- it starts out slow, but once it get a few feet tall and the weather heats up, it seemed to grow several inches a day. The tallest stalks were about 8 […]

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Worm Camouflage

I keep worms- worms eat my garbage! I live in the high desert and the weather outside this summer has been hot hot, hot! So, I cannot keep the worms outside, even in the shade, when the temperatures reach into the high 90’s in deep shade. Wet burlap wrapped around the worm bin stayed wet […]

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Fall Planting! And Frost Cloth

Why not plant a few things now that will live after the frost and you will be eating greens until Thanksgiving! Here are a few things you can plant now – there are many more, but once you read the list, I think you will get the idea. It’s all the same things you can […]

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Tomatoes- will they ripen?

Boise, August 26, 2013. Our average frost date is October 6. That leaves us with 41 days left for the tomatoes to ripen! Will they make it? Last week I finally was able to pick several tomatoes off the vines. Enough to eat in salads, not enough to think about making tomato sauce- not by […]

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Tomato Follow Up – It’s not good news

The spring and summer of 2013 have not been kind to tomato lovers. First, there was the late frost May 22, 2013- the temperature went down to 28˚ F. I had about 16 tomato plants in the ground that day and lost 12 of them. So, I replanted tomatoes around May 25. The ones that […]

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Fence Building

The barren front yard is starting to look different!  This spring we removed the massive juniper hedge in front of our house.  Check out this previous post if you want to see how massive and how ugly these junipers were! Here is a photo of them awaiting the tree grinder/chopper. We have left the front […]

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Return of the Elm Seed Bug (Arocatus melanocephalus)

Again this summer, we are being attacked by the Elm seed bug.  They are everywhere!  They fly in circles in the garage, they drop down on you when you enter your house, they fly into the mashed potatoes on the table. But, they spend most of their time on my kitchen window, crawling around looking […]

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Idaho Botanical Garden Tour

Here are some photos from the Garden Tour 2013. Sorry if you missed it, there was so much to see! Landscapes. . . beautiful homes, containers, yard art. Brilliant colors . . . And of course, the people!

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