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Spring Planting is upon us

Spring is nearly here and, if you haven't planned your garden yet, you're behind the eight ball. In other words, it's nearly time for seeds to start going into the soil. There's a lot of preparation...

 

Elderberry - Uses and Benefits

I’ve heard of elderberry all my life, but I’ve never paid any attention to it until recently when I began to learn of some of its medicinal properties. All I’d heard before was how good elderberry wine is. I’ve never tasted it and, as far as...

 

Garlic - Not just for Taste

When I was a kid, my mother tried to keep me away from garlic because she said it would give me “bad breath”. It didn’t matter that it was good and made a dull dish exciting. It was all about breath to her. But, people have added garlic to...

 

Poinsettia - Flores de Noche Buena

It’s hard to believe it’s nearly 2020! Another year come and gone and I just don’t know where it went or how it got past me that quickly. I don’t know if I’ve been that busy or if maybe it’s just old age. Could be a combination of both,...

 

Mistletoe - The Kissing Plant?

Have you every hung dung on a stick over your door frames? Have you heard of anybody that has? Well…I suspect you have. Especially if you celebrate some of the older Christmas traditions. The word derives from two Anglo-Saxon words. “Mistel...

 

You, too, can be a Master Gardener

Are you interested in gardening? Or, are you one of those who truly believes they have a black thumb and could kill an artificial plant? If you have any interest in gardening, or fresh vegetables, or...

 

Thanksgiving Foods

The Thanksgiving Day meal is known far and wide as a virtual cornucopia of food. In other words, there’s a lot of different stuff that adorns most tables on that day. I remember growing up we always had Thanksgiving dinner at my Grandmother’s...

 

Thanksgiving

One of the more important holidays of the year occurs next week...Thanksgiving Day. Started by a proclamation by President George Washington in 1789, this day was intended to be a national day of...

 

Growing Culinary herbs

Last week I started to write about herbs, thinking I was writing about culinary herbs. Especially those that can be grown in the house and used fresh. Somehow the story took a turn and ended up on medicinal herbs. This week I’m going to try to rect...

 

Herbs and Medicinal Uses

I've pretty much shut down the greenhouse for the year now that we've had a couple of really cold periods of weather. During the day it would heat up just perfect and at night it still stays about 25...

 

Flowers in Winter

The days are cold The wind starts to blow Colors will pale All is snow But not necessarily. We can’t stop the days from getting cold or the wind from blowing or even the snow from coming down. Yes, the colors outside may pale, but all isn’t...

 

Pumpkins-all around vegetable

October. This time of year brings back memories of the Halloweens of my childhood. Spiced apples, bobbing for apples, caramel apples, popcorn balls and, of course, jack o'lanterns. Make that pumpkins...

 

Fall planting

Fall is here. Umph! After last week's snowfall and freezing temperatures, I think many would say that winter is here. Not really. This is just fall in Wyoming. But just because fall is here and the...

 

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,...

 

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