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Garlic Scapes

"No, that's not what I said. Not garlic, garlic scapes. Two different things." That's the gist of a brief conversation I had with a friend when I offered her some garlic scapes. It didn't dawn on me...

 

Xeriscaping

I've talked with several people in the last few weeks concerning lawns. FYI. Part of the Master Gardener program is helping people with plant issues, including lawns. To a person they are concerned...

 

Wyoming Drought conditions worsen

This year it’s easy to see how blessed we are to live in Laramie County. I have been talking about a severe drought that expected to occur in the west (including Wyoming) this year for the past two years. Well, folks, it’s here. I spoke to an...

 

Firewise Planning

I was fortunate to be invited to attend the Fire District 10 Annual Awards Picnic recently. Actually, Linda was invited and I attended as the Plus 1. If you don't know where District 10 is at they...

 

Wildflowers

For the last couple of weeks my wife has been trying to get me to mow the yard. I'm not saying she was wrong because, frankly, I've been a bit on the lazy/busy side and haven't wanted to take the...

 

Overgrazing your yard

There are a few places that cause me to cringe inside every time I drive past them. Every one is a home on a small acreage with a lot of horses. I think of one in particular that I see nearly every...

 

Cover crops for home gardens

I know. The first question you ask is, "Why use a cover crop? I only have a small garden." When we talk about cover crops we are talking specifically about vegetable gardens. Whether you have a small...

 

Weed season is here

Every time I think I'm going to get ahead of the chores something comes up and I fall further and further behind. Always so much to do and so little time. I thought I was about to get ahead with the...

 

Gardening with Children

Our granddaughter will be 20 months old this month and she loves to be outside with us. I know that she doesn't really have a clue what we are doing or any concept of why we are doing it but she does...

 

The Benefits of Animals to the Environment

Yesterday our Labrador was going nuts barking at something in the back yard. Linda went out to see what was going on and found a huge snake that slithered up the embankment behind the house. It was...

 

Almost Planting Time

I hope. I pray. Cross my fingers. Cross my toes. And whatever else I can cross. Warm weather, are you here to stay this time? I certainly hope so. Here it is almost May and we're still having some...

 

Spring Time is Green Time

I love Spring. I love the smell in the air. I love the chill of the wind off the mountains. And, most of all, I love to watch new life coming up from the ground and the new buds on the trees and...

 

Native Grasses

When I decided on the subject for this week I never thought it would still be winter at the end of April. It sure feels like it though. It's cold and snowy. So why am I talking about grass? I mean...

 

Raised Beds

Another question that came up often at the Cheyenne Home and Garden Show concerned raised beds and container gardening. The funny thing is that I was going to write on that topic anyway. Both of...

 

Extending your growing season

I've spent the last three days at the Ask-a-Master Gardener booth at the Cheyenne Home and Garden Show answering questions and providing assistance to many new gardeners and a host of experienced...

 

Peppers - Healthy body and healthy mind

Peppers come in a wide variety of flavors and range of heat. Although all peppers are in the nightshade family and contain capsaicin, they range from sweet (very low capsaicin) to extremely hot (high...

 

Springtime to do list

The last few days of "pre-Spring time" weather, in other words warm with little wind, set me to thinking about what I needed to do to be ready for planting. Yes, and yardwork, too. I'm trying not to...

 

Care of our Prairies

Ever since the "historic" snowstorm ended I've been watching the complaints pile up on FaceBook. Now I'm not a FaceBook user so Linda was reading them to me. I gave up on FaceBook when Zuckerberg...

 

Corn - an ageless grain

Oh, for the love of corn! Let me count the ways. Corn on the cob, roasted corn, whole corn, creamed corn, corn relish, corn soup, cornbread, popcorn, tortillas, corn pudding, johnny cakes, corn...

 

Peas - healthy and tasty

Few vegetables are tastier than fresh picked peas. Maybe corn but you usually have to cook it rather than snack. I've picked peas right off the vine for a snack while I'm working in the garden....

 

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...

 

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