Tulip Color Combinations

I love spring. I love tulips and I love all the colors of spring flowers that can make a beautiful spring landscape. I have been collecting photos of some of the tulip color combinations I have seen around town so I can make a plan for my garden. I hope these photos give you a […]

Lavender Clippings

The “garden gals” visited Lavender Acres in Meridian, Idaho to learn about pruning lavender in the spring, Grosso lavender specifically. Donna gave us a quick demonstration using the electric pruners and if you have a lot of lavender, you will need the electric shears, too. But, if not, the long handled pruners will work as […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Best Perennials for Attracting Bees and Annuals

Fall Blooming Here is a SHORT list of  fall blooming plants that grow well in Idaho heat  low humidity  alkaline soils  do not require a lot of water.    These are the best flowers I have found.  This is not a complete list by any means, and if you have some suggestions- I will add them! Asters: […]

Hay Bale Gardening

I have read a lot about gardening in straw bales….  But since I had a bunch of old hay bales, I decided to try hay bale gardening instead. Right now, I am growing a cucumber plant, strawberries and potatoes in 4 hay bales.  I like the bales, because I don’t have to dig in the […]