Let the Bells of Ireland Sing!

Ever mistaken a desired flower for a weed?  I have a bit of a story to tell regarding  Moluccella laevis a.k.a. 'Bells of Ireland'.  Just in case you are not familiar with 'Bells of Ireland' it is an annual plant producing beautiful light green flowers, shaped like bells, on strong sturdy stems. 'Bells of Ireland' …

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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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This Mother’s Day was for Seizing the Moment and the Helpers

Mother's Day! What a grand holiday  for mothers that are also gardeners!  For it is without a doubt the best day of the year to recruit "garden helpers."  It is a day where the willingness to do something nice for Mom combines with the fresh breath of Spring helping the most hesitant of gardeners get …

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Seed Starting – Tips and Techniques (Part III)

It's been a week since I've written about seed starting basics and hopefully you've enjoyed some successful growing endeavors and seeds have begun to sprout!  If so, you probably noticed some seeds germinating in a few days while others taking a week or more.  What to do when seedlings have emerged?  In this post I'll …

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Seed starting – tips and techniques for great results (II)

You're Back!  Super!  In this post, I'll share my thoughts on seed starting equipment and seed planting.  First the equipment.  There are two primary pieces of equipment needed for successful seed starting/growing.  Shop light fixtures with fluorescent tube bulbs, i.e., a growing station and a soil heat mat.  As you continue to learn about seed …

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Seed Starting…tips and techniques for great results

I attended the Idaho Spring horticultural symposium here in Boise a couple of weeks ago and was particularly inspired by Willi Galloway of digginfood.com.  She gave a presentation on seed starting and it prompted me to remember the seed starting equipment I have packed away in a box in the garage.  I was really involved …

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