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

The Missing Link

I have found an interesting article from Elmore County Extension office in Mountain Home, ID- called “Missing Links in SW Idaho Soil Management”.   Here is the site to read it: http://extension.uidaho.edu/elmore/files/2013/12/MissingLinksinSWIdahoSoilManagement.pdf In this short article, it explains that our alkaline soils need a lot of compost, but also some micronutrients in order for plants to thrive. I wanted […]

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 […]

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 […]

What To Do After You Prune the Roses Without Killing the Bees and other Pollinators

After the roses are pruned, what happens next is fertilizing! I like to use a slow release fertilizer and I always add a few inches of compost around the rose. Try to keep it off of the stems. It can possibly cause damage to the stem. I do NOT use a systemic application to my […]

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 […]