Articles written by Mike Heath Laramie County Master Gardners

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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 and lush and our flowers were bursting with all...

 

Grow Your Own Seeds

This year has been quite unusual as far as the weather goes. One day it seems like we're really going to have a good winter, snow and all, then the next several days are nearly tee shirt weather....

 

Love Me, Love Me Not...Companion plants in the Garden

When I first started gardening, and I mean something besides just zucchini, I just planted whatever seeds I wanted directly in the ground and expected them to grow and produce the vegetables that I... Full story

 

2018 in the Can... Moving on to 2019

As I sit here in front of the computer and look back at 2018, I'm feeling tired. And getting more so. That was a truly busy year, both physically and mentally. Mostly the year was spent preparing for...

 

Master Gardener Course Open for Registration

It's Christmas and time to give your favorite gardener a treat for next year. A registration for the next Master Gardener course being offered by the University of Wyoming Extension Service. If you...

 

The Plants of Christmas Part 4 Holly

On my many travels through my memories as I write these articles, some of my fondest involve hikes through the woods. I've always loved to walk and I would take off for hours, and sometimes a few days...

 

The Plants of Christmas – Part 3 Christmas Cactus

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 there”. It was pretty for a few weeks out of the year and I never... Full story

 

The Plants of Christmas - Part 2 The Poinsettia

WOW! The year just seems to be zipping by. It's hard to imagine that it's already December and Christmas is just around the corner. Even though I started writing about the plants of Christmas last...

 

The Plants of Christmas Part 1

As Christmas approaches, I can’t help but think back to my childhood and the Christmas traditions my family shared so many years ago. House plants were always a part of the season, but not all could be found in our house. Some were in relative’s...

 

As We Gave Thanks

It was cold, bitterly cold, on December 18, 1620 when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts to form their first colony in the New World. Since they had no shelter on land, they had to... Full story

 

Town rallies to beautify Columbarium

In last week's column, I included an invitation to the residents of Pine Bluffs to come out and help plant bulbs at the columbarium last Saturday. The town responded and the Cub Scouts, American... Full story

 

Tis the Season to ... Plant BULBS

If you're anything like me, you've been working fast and furious to get those last-minute outside chores finished before winter really gets here. We've been very fortunate to have such beautiful... Full story

 

Betty Nussbaum receives Community Service Award

On Saturday, Betty Nussbaum of Burns received the Laramie County Master Gardeners Community Service Award. The timing was perfect with the award being given on Betty's 90th birthday. This is the...

 

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...

 

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