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Pumpkins not just for Jack O Lanterns

Pumpkins are the face of Halloween. Uh Hum. Pardon the pun. That may be what they are best known for but they are so much more. The first thing that we need to understand in order to understand pumpkin is that it is a winter squash, a member of the...

 

The Mighty Tomato

With downcast eyes and a cowed demeanor, I have to admit that I never liked tomatoes. Everybody around me would put raw, sliced tomatoes on their sandwiches or even just eat the fruit by itself. But...

 

2021 Farm and Ranch Show

The first Farm and Ranch Show at the Archer Event Center was held last weekend and was a very pleasant surprise for me. I fully expected that everything would be applicable only for commercial farm...

 

Irrigation System for the home and garden

I don't know about you but I'm getting the itch to get outside and play in the dirt. I have a lot of projects planned for this year and some of them require an irrigation system to be installed....

 

Prairie care in drought

Sometimes I think Wyoming is either feast or famine. This winter has actually been pretty good as far as the temperatures go. At least we haven't had a long stretch of sub-zero temperatures. Nor has i...

 

Fertilizing – When and How Much

Believe it or not, spring is rapidly approaching. Yeah. Once again the weather has been up and down, cold and warm, windy and calm, snowy (well, kind of) and dry. It's almost like it can't make up...

 

Hail is a dangerous enemy

Hail is Public Enemy #1 in southeastern Wyoming. The entire state has hail, but did you know the worst hail zone in the country is right here in Laramie County? Yep. The oval from Burns to Carpenter...

 

Planning your Garden Space

In 2020 nurseries ran out of seeds, shrubs, trees and nearly everything else we need to plant our gardens in the spring. Even more surprising, they ran out early in the season. It wasn't even only...

 

Fertilizer Basics

It does seem like an odd time to talk about fertilizers. There’s still snow on the ground, the wind is howling, Christmas is only five days away as I write this, and you’re probably like me, not at all interested in garden or lawn care right now....

 

Starting plants from Seeds

This year has already been pretty strange as far as the weather goes. It's January and nearly tee shirt weather. One day it seems like we're really going to have a good winter, snow and all, then the...

 

Houseplants

As I was contemplating the topic for this week it occurred to me that I've never written an article on houseplants. That seems odd. At least until you consider that I don't grow houseplants. Linda...

 

Soils

When I was in Saudi Arabia and other countries on the Arabian Peninsula I saw a lot of sand. Everywhere I looked was sand. Well...sand or concrete. Very little concrete. It was the most desolate...

 

Herbs are for cooking

I've always been in love with a good steak right from the cow and cooked on the grill. Plain meat. No frills. Charbroiled to perfection. Melt in your mouth. Oops! Back up that tape. Not melt in your...

 

An Herbal Experiment

This is the time of year that we break out the pots and pans, those special cooking machines, our best dishes and get ready for huge feasts, celebrations, and the great company of family and friends....

 

Parsley - a highly underrated herb

For most of my life I thought the garnish on my plate at the restaurant was a waste of money for the restaurant and a waste of my time to take it off my plate. It wasn't until I was much older that I...

 

Natural Air Fresheners

Can plants really purify the air in our homes? That's a good question. Some researchers, such as scientists at NASA, say, "Yes": Other notable researchers, such as Lauren Johnson at CNN, will say,...

 

Lions and Tigers and Bugs, Oh My!

If someone had told me a year ago that my worst insect problems would be in the dead of winter I would have said they were nuts. If they said that today, I'd have to say, "I know." In the 24 years...

 

Master Gardeners Fall Time Offerings

This past year has seen nurseries across the United States running out of trees, shrubs, and seeds. Even our local nurseries in Southeast Wyoming and Northern Colorado were running out. I don't know...

 

Essential Oils

This has been an extremely odd 10 days or so for me. As far as time goes I seem to have been in a daze to the point that I've had trouble remembering what day it was. When I'm busy trying to...

 

Mullein -- Friend or Foe?

My wife comes from a long line of farmers and ranchers. So naturally when Linda and I were married, long ago, I became part of that community. Fortunately, I really enjoyed the people with their...

 

Windbreaks and Snow Fences

A few weeks ago Linda was rummaging through some boxes and came across a small book, "Hedges, Windbreaks, Shelters and Live Fences", by E. P. Powell. It's a very small book, only about a half inch...

 

Stinging Nettle A burning experience

Stinging Nettle could easily be called a Prince among weeds. Not a very illustrious title, but it fits. If you've ever come in contact with the plant then you've experienced the burning, stinging...

 

Our Changing Weather

WOW! How about that smoke Saturday morning? I went out to the shop not long after daylight and it was pretty clear when I went out. I spent the morning getting my garlic ready to plant and it was 1...

 

Garlic - Smelly but healthy

Garlic is a fascinating plant that most people just think of as only a seasoning in foods. It is a great seasoning, but oh, so much more, too. I hadn't realized just how special this plant was until I...

 

Trees and shrubs vs. cold weather

Our first cold snap of the year has now come and gone. If I was a betting man, I would have lost the bet. I told several people that I didn't believe it would snow here. In the higher elevations,...

 

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