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Wanted Dead, never Alive - Palmer Amaranth

There's a new villain coming to town. And it wants to take over every piece of ground it can. The name... Palmer Amaranth. We've discussed Dalmatian Toadflax, Cheatgrass and a few other noxious weeds...

 

Preparing for Winter

Well, I was wrong. Or at least my hopes were. I truly hoped we could squeeze out another two to three weeks of nice, warm weather before it started getting cold. Last night my hopes were dashed. The...

 

When to plant a tree

Trees. Beautiful and highly coveted in Laramie County. Did you know that at one time, and not all that long ago, there were hardly any trees in Laramie County except for those on the bluffs in Pine...

 

Journey into Hydroponics, Part 3 - Growing plants without soil

This week I took down my hydroponic system in the greenhouse. No, it wasn't because of disappointment or failure or anything like that. I've learned all I could from that particular system and I had...

 

Journey to Hydroponics Part 2, Hydroponics Systems

After last week's article I think you may have gotten he impression that I'm sold on hydroponics. If so, you would be correct. But, the question that remains is, "what kind of hydroponic system will...

 

Journey to Hydroponics Part 1, Beginnings

I've gardened in soil since I first started well over 40 years ago. I've had my share of successes and more than my share of failures, just like most everyone. Some of my failures were entirely my...

 

Prepare your roses for the winter

Roses are a beautiful and fragrant flower and one of the more popular found in yards around the country. They come in all sizes and colors, some with tiny flowers and some with large thick blossoms. They can be small tea roses or larger climbing...

 

Fall is for Harvest

Okay. So it’s not quite fall yet. But the harvest appears to be pretty bountiful already. I’m not growing much variety this year, but I’ve already canned 93 quarts of dill pickles and the...

 

Living with the Land

Summer's here and with it some habits that many people think are doing good, but in truth aren't. I've decided to take a somewhat different approach this week and speak directly to those of us with...

 

Invasive Plants

A few weeks ago I wrote about one of our more invasive species of grass, the dreaded Dalmatian Toadflax. While it is one of our greatest problems, it isn't the only one. Among the list of many plant...

 

Support your local Farmer's Market

Yummm! Fresh veggies. Absolutely delicious. And where do you get them? Definitely not at the grocery store. Not that the grocery store is bad, but they all have to deal with the logistics of getting...

 

Summer Really is Here!

What a contrast! Last week as I wrote the article it was still cold. This week we've had temperatures over 90 degrees nearly all week. Maybe summer really has made its appearance after all. At least,...

 

Summer? Really?

According to the calendar, Friday, June 21st, was the first day of summer. Well...you couldn't prove it by me. The Advanced Master Gardener class was at the University of Wyoming Entomology Lab that...

 

Growing Methods

At the Home & Garden show and at the plant sale last month, one of the questions I was asked frequently was how to grow plants. Not necessarily about seed or maintenance, but containers versus...

 

Compost-Garden Gold

Everybody knows what compost is, right? The black, sticky, smelly, gross stuff that we're told needs to go in our gardens and flower beds? If that's what you think of when you hear the word...

 

Corn - Time to plant

If you haven't planted your corn yet, you're late. If you haven't purchased your seed, you're very late. June 1st is the day I set to plant corn because the weather is just so unpredictable before the...

 

Greenhouse Gardening - Don and Sue Hollingshead

I've had the honor and pleasure of knowing Lt. Don Hollingshead of the Laramie County Sheriff's Department for about the last four years or so. But what I didn't know until just a couple of years ago...

 

Asparagus - First to Harvest

I heard a story last week that made me laugh and reminisce on my early days married to Linda. A friend was telling me about a man, a jogger, who was observed jogging along a particular path every few...

 

The Art of Pruning

I've always been a little bit envious of those people with the beautifully manicured yards. Especially the trees and shrubs. I know I'll never have that because it just doesn't fit my lifestyle or...

 

Ask a Master Gardener: 2019 Home & Garden Show

Another Home and Garden show is "in the can". All said and done for what I felt was a very, and I mean VERY, hectic and fun weekend. The Master Gardeners staffed a booth just so we could provide...

 

Spring is Sprung

It's time! Remember a few weeks ago when I asked if you could smell it? If you could feel it? I was talking about spring. That time of year when life is restored to the earth and the grass starts to...

 

Weather..friend or foe?

We’ve all heard the old adage, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it’ll change”. Especially our weather. I’ve known for years that was true, but I never really knew why until last week. I was one of a very fortunate...

 

Soil...Just dirt... or is it?

I've hit the subject of soils pretty hard these last few months and there's a very good reason. Soil is the foundation of everything we do as gardeners, be it home gardening or even commercial....

 

Country Living 101

We love it! The clean air, unobstructed views, nothing between us and the North Pole but a few fence posts, and the beauty of the starlit night sky amplified by the lack of artificial light. That’s country living at its best. But, there’s a lot...

 

Wyoming Bee College - 2019

This past weekend more than 200 people attended the 5th Annual Wyoming Bee College at the Laramie County Community College. The Laramie County Extension Service hosts this intensive educational...

 

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