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Winterizing Your Lawn

We all know that we need to water our lawns and keep them mowed in the summer to keep that healthy well-maintained look. But what to do when winter is just around the corner? Just before winter is when we have that last, hard push to get everything...

 

Lavender - The Desert Island Plant

In "The Essential Oils Handbook", Colleen Dodt called lavender oil her desert island oil. I've changed the wording a bit because the lavender plant has so many more ways to be used than just...

 

Harvest to Table: Pickless, Peppers and Pumpkins

As I write this article, I'm a little bit concerned about all the produce I still have in the garden. Some if it I can pick anytime before it freezes, but some may end up being lost. My greatest...

 

Harvest to Table

By now, you're either right in the middle of harvest or on the tail end of it. What are you going to do with all the vegetables that you have stacked in those boxes, filling your kitchen, your garage...

 

Take a Break!

Relaxation. Rejuvenation. Restoration. That's exactly what Linda and I did this weekend. I had a topic all ready for this week, but after our little jaunt around southeast Wyoming and down into...

 

Fall is upon us and so is Harvest Part 2

I don't know where the time went last week. When I get to writing about something that truly interests me, I lose track of the words. Planting is nice, but the harvest, even with all the work that it...

 

Fall is upon us and so is HARVEST

I don't know about your garden, but I'm starting to see a lot of color in mine. That means that harvest is coming sooner rather than later. I ended up planting two to four weeks late this year, but...

 

Planning for Next Year's Vegetable Garden

So, the 2018 growing season is starting to wind down. Harvest is coming in and the canning season is literally right around the corner. And you really think it may slow down soon? Not so fast, Flash. Now it’s time to start planning for next year....

 

Watering 202

Since I was unable to finish what I started last week, I'll try to get it in this week. There really is simply too much to speak to when it comes to watering systems and watering to put into a short...

 

Watering systems for the home garden

By now I hope your garden and flower beds have been planted. I wish I could say that for mine, but I'm running way behind. I still have 144 lavender plants, 72 peppers, 200 geraniums and a host of...

 

Peppers, You've Gotta Love 'Em

I just love peppers. Hot, sweet, mild or whatever. I just love those little fruits. Mostly I like jalapenos. You see, I don’t eat peppers for the heat, rather for the taste. And jalapenos just have the best flavor in my book. That doesn’t mean I...

 

Raspberries, Raspberries and MORE Raspberries

Strawberries are easily grown and are a common plant in the garden. But, there are many other berries that grow well here and bear discussion as well. I don’t think we’ll ever be the “berry capital” of the country, but we can and do grow...

 

Spring is a time for trees

It’s spring and everything seems to be coming to life. Birds are nesting, yards are turning into jungles, and trees and shrubs are budding out. This is the perfect time to plant new trees. New trees can come from a variety of sources, but there are...

 

Strawberry fields forever

Berries, berries everywhere, but not a drop to...OOPS, wrong poem. What a concept, though. Strawberries everywhere. I've never met anyone who didn't like strawberries and they are very easy to grow he...

 

Warmer weather - tune up the lawn mower

Did you hear that? Listen close. That’s the sound of spring. The grass is starting to green up and push out new shoots. You’d better make sure that your lawn mower is tuned up and purring like a kitten because it’s about time to go to work. As...

 

Gardening for Success 2018 - a resounding success

The Gardening for Success 2018 regional conference closed Sunday after finishing an information packed weekend with a lot of fun mixed in. The conference kicked off Saturday morning with Scott...

 

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

Most people will look at soil and just see dirt. What is soil, really, and what makes good soil? Soil is productive. That means it will grow your plants from seedlings, whether flowers or vegetables,...

 

Soil preparation - the start of a great garden

So, you've finished your garden design and you know what plants you're going to use and the location for each of them. You even have your plants on order or at least started in pots. Good for you!...

 

Garden Design

Last week gave us a taste of what’s coming. Warm weather…SPRING! This is the season of planting so we can enjoy the delightful results of our labors later. But planting really isn’t quite as simple as just sticking plants in the ground. If you...

 

Spiders and Scorpions and Ants..Oh My!!

The 1950's. Turbulent. Fearful. Korean War. Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Communist threat - Communists have infiltrated the government and there's a Communist under every rug and behind every...

 

From Ukraine to the United States - Bees are Universal

Told by Mike Heath Alan Chubak now lives Murray, Utah, but not always. While I was at the Wyoming Bee College Saturday morning (working on another article) I was attracted to some unusual bee boxes at...

 

The Wyoming Bee College - Another one in the Can

As I write this, the fifth annual Wyoming Bee College is "in the can". What a success! There were 275 attendees this year from all over the west. The event started with the Bee University on Friday....

 

Gardening for Success 2018

Mark your calendars for April 14th and 15th for the Gardening for Success 2018 Regional Conference. This two-day event is for everyone who is serious about learning how to grow and take care of plants. Discussions on everything from lawns to trees...

 

It's nearly time....

Time for what, you may ask. Well, the first day of spring is March 20th and that means it's nearly time to start those new plants, so they'll be ready to set out once the weather warms up. In fact,...

 

Bee friendly Bee smart

The Bee-Event of the year, the Wyoming Bee College, is coming to the Laramie County Community College March 17-18. No, it isn't a school for bees. It's for anybody and everybody who wants to learn...

 

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