Sow what?

Sow what you like, that's what! Early spring is a great time to sow vegetable or flower seeds outside in raised beds or container gardens. Raised beds and/or containers enable the soil to warm faster so you can sow earlier. If you want to double-check that your soil is ready, use a soil or compost …

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Garden Favorites in Early June

Much is happening very quickly in the garden this time of year.   Some of my favorite true blue flowers are in bloom.  This is Veronica austriaca teucrium 'Crater Lake Blue' and it is a real peach of a plant if you like perennials that bloom blue, grow at a moderate pace, need moderate water …

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Dear Juliet

Dear Juliet, "One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun." "... Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be..."  Next Spring! Yours truly, igardendaily This is my tribute to 'Juliet' the absolute darling of my tomato plants this year. 'Juliet' …

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Happy Hallo…Watermelon?

It's that time of year when all things scary, mysterious and morbid get to take center stage for an evening of haunted delight.  The days are cooling and we are turning our attention to all things orange and black and our taste buds are particularly attuned to flavors of fall...pumpkin, apple, cinnamon... so is anybody …

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A FunOnion Harvest!

Remember Funyuns, that oniony snack you probably thought tasted great back in high school?  Well, I'm sorry if you were expecting a post about being able use actual onions to make a homemade version of Funyuns ...because really...this post has nothing do with Funyuns except for in an auditory sense! Instead I'm giving another update on …

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Getting Vacation-Ready May Cause Temporary Gardener Insanity

Taking a 10 day trip in the middle of the summer harvest season can be cause for a little craziness in a gardener. Now, I know it's a privilege to go on vacation so I don't mean to sound ungrateful for the opportunity but as I was out getting the garden vacation-ready I became a …

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Back to school? Naw, just the Garden!

No, it's not time to start thinking about "Back to School" but it is time to get a look at a newly sprouted school garden.  This spring my daughter's 2nd grade teacher (Mrs. Kwid) proposed creating a school garden as a community service project for all second graders attending our elementary school.  The proposal was …

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Early Morning Picks, Puzzling Peas and Smashing Strawberries

This morning it was time to get back into the garden to see what had transpired over the long Holiday weekend.  Since we've had high heat (upper 90's) for almost a week I wondered...will it (the garden) be friend or foe?  In other words, will my "to do" list have grown more than anything else …

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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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Avert the Garden Mayhem of May! Dig, mix, plant…repeat

It's an overwhelmingly busy time of year in the garden if you live in the Intermountain West.  The temps have climbed to a moderate 60-70ish most days and the soil is warm and ready for digging. Now you may be thinking, "Well, that's what gardener's love to do so really, why the drama about it …

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