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Irrigation System for Home Gardens and Flower Beds

I'm feeling pretty good about the work I've done on my garden and flower bed irrigation systems since last year. We have several rose bushes that were transplanted from my in-laws farmstead in...

 

Trees are ready for Planting

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. Actually...

 

Spring Time Honey-Do List

Last year we had consistent warm weather by now and this year I'm hot one day and freezing the next, always looking for more rocks to stuff into my pockets. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything...

 

Asparagus

This week I finished one harvest. Asparagus. Besides green peas, asparagus is one of my most favorite vegetables. In fact, just because the harvest is done doesn't mean that I'm finished cutting it....

 

Lawn Care - Maintenance and Diseases

Earlier we talked about getting a lawn started and annual fertilizing. I did forget to mention that when sowing your seed, make two passes at right angles to each other. You'll get better coverage....

 

Food for Thought

If there was ever a time to start growing your own vegetables this may be it. Joe Biden has recently informed us that we will face food shortages this year. Not "may", but "will". What does he know...

 

Spring Lawn Care

It's hard to believe it's nearly April as I write this. But I woke up this morning shortly before daylight and opened the back door to hear the birds singing without the wind as their background...

 

Vertical Gardening

Once upon a time America fed the world. Not literally, of course, but we did export food all around the globe and gave quite a bit away to countries in need. In fact, we had so much land in...

 

Fertilizer - Energy for Strong Plants

We've all seen the fertilizer ads with the rich beautiful lawns and tall, lush flowers. As we get closer to spring the ads will increase in volume and make us all wish that our lawns were that lovely...

 

Starting Plants from Seed

I thought last year was strange as far as the weather went but this year has been a real kicker. Last week we had temperatures in the 60's and this week down to zero. Weather like this forces me to...

 

Grazon Herbicide- read the Label before Purchase

Anyone who has read my articles over the past few years knows that I put a load of compost on my garden in 2018 that completely killed its ability to produce...anything. Even weeds wouldn't grow. At...

 

Growing Herbs

Herbs play a major role in our lives. Probably more than we realize because we take them for granted. Most of our familiarity with herbs is through food. We use herbs to flavor foods and many...

 

The Drought continues February 2022

Over the past few weeks we’ve had some pretty decent snowfall with plenty of moisture and only a little of the 4-letter word, w***, that we don’t usually say out loud. The meteorologist on KGWN TV 5 commented at the end of January that we were...

 

Healthy Body Healthy Mind with Herbs and Spices

In today's society our dependence on processed foods, fast foods, and snacks we seem to have forgotten the sheer pleasure of eating a home-cooked, leisurely meal with our family. We've become a...

 

Basil - The Herb for Every Kitchen

What if we could grow a plant that smells delightful, tastes great and could help improve our health? Well, we can. Anyone can grow herbs on a window sill or even on the kitchen counter. Basil is one...

 

Dalmatian Toadflax

This has been a crazy winter. Not that it wasn't predicted but crazy, nonetheless. Most of the winter has been pretty warm and the wind hasn't even been horrible. We've had a couple of really cold...

 

Trees are Loved by All

We love trees in Laramie County. Maybe because we have so few trees that are native. Did you know that the only native trees in Laramie County are in Pine Bluffs and the extreme western edge of the...

 

Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces

Right before Christmas I attended a craft fair and was able to speak at length to several people about vegetable gardening and growing plants, in general. The most intriguing conversation I had...

 

Greenhouses, Hydroponics and Cold Weather

For the past year I've been working to convert my greenhouse over to full-hydroponic even though I don't seem to be making much progress at times. During CFD I moved all of the peppers over to the...

 

10,000 Predatory Wasps

WARNING! This building is home to more than 10,000 predatory wasps. Enter at your own risk. That is a sign for a greenhouse. Most everybody I've told about it has cringed at the thought. Wasps bring...

 

Certified Organic - Is it worth the Cost?

Is there a benefit to organic foods over standard foods? I was asked that question during my monthly radio show and it threw me for a loop for a few seconds. Not that it was a bad question or I...

 

Christmas Cactus

Few plants are identified with Christmas as the Christmas cactus is. Growing up I really had no idea what a Christmas cactus was. My grandmother had one, but to me it was just "that plant over...

 

The Christmas Tree

What symbol says, "Christmas" to more people than the Christmas tree. Since I don't play political correctness I'll call it what it is, a Christmas tree. Be it live or artificial, green or another...

 

Baking Bread

This has been an interesting day to say the least. I finally saw a project that I started last year (2020) come to fruition. I baked my first loaves of bread. I know at least three of you will say,...

 

Extend Your Growing Season with a Greenhouse

Growing vegetables in Wyoming is a constant struggle and frustration at best. At worst it feels impossible at times. At the same time, it's an undertaking well worth the effort. Two of the major...

 

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