Step Into Spring With Strawberries – A Growing Guide For The Intermountain West

The official start of Spring is just a few weeks away and as the weather warms and spring fever strikes your soul, think about stepping into the gardening season with strawberries. Strawberries are adorable because they are so adaptable and can be grown in almost any climate. This is one great quality, but do you …

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Try A Terrarium For A Simple Winter Garden

It's mid-January and life has returned to normal. The celebrations have been completed and now we get to return some time to the activities that provide motivation and enjoyment to our everyday life.  For those of us that love gardening, but live in cold climates where winter makes a solid statement, it is a great time to try a terrarium. …

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Boise Garden Tour – Take a ‘Look’ at These Fabulous Edens (Part II)

The Idaho Botanical Garden (IBG) presents the Boise Garden Tour each June. It is a one day event where multiple private residential gardens are open to the public for touring. The garden keepers (homeowners) are present during the tour and you can visit with them about their garden and gardening experiences. A fun day I …

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Container Gardens – Old Can Become New

Container gardens are extremely fun if you like trying your hand at creating small vignettes of plants loaded with visual appeal. They provide a limited space with definite boundaries forcing gardeners to be disciplined in choice yet creative in design.  Color, texture and form are all important parts of ornamental container gardens and not only …

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From The Soil In San Francisco – Welcomed Guests or Unwanted Pests?

It’s summertime, the time of year during which we socialize often. Neighbors and friends gather for barbeques, families travel to visit other family members, and children congregate at each other’s houses in a summer-long “playdate”. It is the time of year when our gardens are at their peak and we’re proud to have others admire …

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I like Sambucus…

Say the word Sambucus...(sam-boo-kus)... Isn't it just  fun to say?  I think so but maybe my judgement has been swayed a bit because Sambucus can be an amazing specimen in your garden. Sambucus (also known as elderberry) is a genus of shrubs that can be used in many ways including food, drink, medicine and a great food …

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Great Gardening Weekend Satisfies the Soul

Wonderful weather can make a great gardening weekend!  Of course, there are lots of fun things to do during nice weather but this weekend was very productive in the garden.  I think because it was the first real "feeling" of summer here in the Intermountain West.  Some of you know what summer is like here …

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