Rose Arbor

It’s so fun to look at the arbor before it was blooming and compare it with the picture in June! It makes pruning so rewarding!

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Compost Tea

There are many ways to compost organic materials to enrich your garden in an organic way! I love that I don’t have to throw kitchen scraps and grass clippings in the weekly trash bin. Why not re-use your scraps for your benefit and keep waste out of the landfill! I separate kitchen scraps from coffee […]

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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 […]

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Flower Arranging

Flower Arranging

I love flowers, but I have a lot to learn about flower arranging. These DIY flower frogs have helped a lot, though. These frogs are made from 1/2 inch wire mesh and mason jar rings. ┬áJust cut the mesh to the approximate size (use gloves!) and press into the ring. You can use any size […]

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Roses

June is the month for roses. They are at their absolute best in June, in Boise. The leaves are still fresh and green, the insect damage is minimal and the blossoms are big and bright. Roses are great for cut flowers as well since they will stay looking good for about a week, as long […]

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Sue’s Garden

This week, the Garden Gals met at Sue’s house in Eagle. Our intent with the “not your mother’s garden club” was to do some work in each other’s gardens and to tour the garden and then give advice in problems areas. The first two meetings, we had rain and so we viewed the gardens from […]

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The Rhubarb Chronicles

Do you love rhubarb? I do! Maybe because I am from the midwest, and it brings back fond memories of my childhood, when we would dip it in sugar and make funny faces, wincing at the sourness. I have made several things from rhubarb: rhubarb crisp rhubarb chutney rhubarb pie rhubarb sauce rhubarb cake strawberry […]

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How to Make More Blooms from Your Climbing Rose

This year, I decided to do some pegging to make more blooms on my climbing rose, Blaze. This rose is planted on a small mound in my back yard. There is a short trellis- about 5 feet tall and I have placed it up against a staghorn sumac tree. I knew the trellis would be […]

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Heather’s Easy No Weed Garden

I stopped by at Heather’s garden in late April before she planted her warm season vegetables, to see how she manages weeds and water in her garden. Heather lives in the North End of Boise, her garden is large, dry and made of sandy, nutrient-poor soil. Tomatoes require a lot of water to produce good […]

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Amy’s Garden Tour with the Garden Gals

The Garden Gals got together last week and we toured Amy’s garden. She has a beautiful area to work with, the property has mature trees and a large variety of plants. The view out her back window is spectacular and I am not sure why I didn’t get a photo of it! Here are some […]

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Fish Fertilizer

I forgot to mention probably the most important part about Teri’s greenhouse and that is how she makes fertilizer for her plants. See the koi in the photo? Though her aeration system, she collects all the fish dung in her filter and then uses it on her plants. Ingenious!!

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Greenhouse Growing

This week I had the amazing privilege to visit a greenhouse in south Canyon County. It’s a large greenhouse with raised beds for growing food for the family. Here are a few pictures of Teri’s greenhouse.

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