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 […]

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.

Pampered Plants or Plants that Thrive?

After many years of gardening in Idaho I have come to a conclusion about how I will grow my garden. I am tired of pampering plants, I am tired of buying some new beautiful variety to find out in a year or two, they don’t like my soil, or the humidity or the winter snow […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]