Use It or Lose It

When the gardens begin to put forth their bountiful produce, we have a short window of time to use up the produce. Some you can preserve, can, dry or freeze. Some, you have to use right up or lose it. Despite our best efforts, we can’t use it all up. Neighbors are wonderful to share with and sometimes my chickens …

Secrets to a Healthier Garden

With 40 years of gardening under my belt and my Master Gardener Certification, I NEVER profess to know it all. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I find that the more I learn, the less I know. However, with that in mind, I would like to share some secrets I know to have a healthier garden. Start with healthy plants. …

Flowers in the Vegetable Garden

It wasn’t until a few years ago, that a revolutionary idea came into my brain. (I am a little behind the times.) Because they were pretty, because they drew the bees in, I decided to plant flowers in my vegetable gardens.  As I’ve watched and learned, there are definite benefits to this ecosystem that is beneficial to all concerned. Also, …

Companion Planting

I would suffice it to say, that most people have been bitten by the pesky mosquito. Citronella plants and oil have long been used as a deterrent. It has been widely known that plants contribute to medicine, bug repellant and a host of other benefits. The field of plants assisting one another is a subject of research and intense fascination. …

7 Easy Steps to Start Vegetable Gardening in Idaho

Idaho is unique in more ways than I can count and I have lived here most of my life. Most front of mind at this moment, Idaho weather! We are spoiled and cursed in our lovely state thanks to mother nature. Now I may have grown up in a greenhouse but it took quiet a lot to get me to …

7 Easy Steps to Start Vegetable Gardening in Idaho

Idaho is unique in more ways than I can count and I have lived here most of my life. Most front of mind at this moment, Idaho weather! We are spoiled and cursed in our lovely state thanks to mother nature. Now I may have grown up in a greenhouse but it took quiet a lot to get me to …

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

In our busy lives driven by technology, deadlines and the struggle to find balance between all the demands of life, we often forget that we wouldn’t be here without the planet we inhabit. Today is a great day to remember the gift that this planet is! It is an annual thing always falling on April 22nd and more than 193 …

Herbally Speaking…Indian Outlaw

Herbally Speaking Indian Outlaw During the early 1990’s Country music was in full stride thanks to acts like Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn and Joe Diffe. Suddenly it was cool again to be a cowboy. The traditional lines of classic rock and country music were being played in harmony and new rock and roll fans were singing country songs. One …

Herbally Speaking…Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air Back in 1978, John Paul Young had a huge disco hit called Love is in the Air. Maybe some of you will remember it- “Love is in the air everywhere I look around, love is in the air every sight and every sound and I don’t know if I’m being foolish, Don’t know if I’m …

How to know IF you are a gardener… By Cheryl, the beginner.

How to tell if you are a gardener?   The best way to tell if you are a gardener is to plant a pretty flower in the ground or a container and it grows, it doesn’t die. Hurray! You did something right. Now the secret to knowing that you really are a gardener is to keep that flower growing and …