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. …

Favorite Tools 2018

When walking out to the gardens, I take a different bucket of tools each time. In the beginning, there are 5 main things I carry. A good shovel, a broom rake, pruning shears, a hori hori knife and my favorite of all, my nejiri gama hoe. You can find this little tool at www.gardenshoponline.com and it’s a “nejiri gama hoe …

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 …

Spring Evaluation 2018

As I get older, I lose a little patience with certain aspects of gardening. In my back flower bed, I have had a berm that was lovely for a while. The sumac died. A rose bush died, the quack grass grew rampant, and creeping Jenny disappeared under the weeds. The tulips didn’t bloom anymore. Even the gazing balls couldn’t help …

Checklist to Plan our Garden Spaces

Spring is officially here and gardening planning is at the front of our minds. There are few basics that help everyone get started. Soil amendment: What are you planting in the space? Have you planted there before? Vegetables need the most nutrient base between them and flowers. Their plants feed on living matter so if you are going to grow …