Tag: SW Idaho gardening

Tulip Color Combinations

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 […]

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Help! My branches are breaking- OR How Many Ladders Do I Need to Hold Up My Fruit Trees?

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.

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Pampered Plants or Plants that Thrive?

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 […]

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Best Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho – Part Three – Fall bloomers and Annuals

Best Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho – Part Three – Fall bloomers 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: […]

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The Missing Link

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 […]

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Best Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho – Part Two: Summer bloomers

Best Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho – Part Two:  Summer bloomers

Summer Blooming Lavender: So many kinds of lavenders, so little time! I agree with the bees on this one- it’s great!  They can be very slow in greening up in the spring, but a patch of lavender is beautiful and fragrant and attractive to the bees. Lemon Balm: (Melissa officinalis) A vigorous reseeder  -there seems […]

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Best NO FUSS Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho – Part One – Spring Bloomers

Best NO FUSS Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho – Part One – Spring Bloomers

I have read a lot of lists of the best perennials to attract pollinators, but many of them are written by people who live in other states. I wanted to make my own list of best perennials for  the bees of Southwest Idaho, Treasure Valley, eastern Oregon  .  Our hot dry summers, low humidity, alkaline soils […]

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