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Fall Time Fruit Tree Care

Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy the colors – and check your fruit trees for evidence of certain diseases.  Once again, the Utah Pests Team has come to the rescue and prepared a list of important fall time fruit tree chores. Fall Orchard Chores

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Don’t Get Spooked Over Spiders! – Part 2

Some things are erringly predictable; as the nighttime temperatures dip; spiders start showing-up inside the house and in protected areas around the garden.  Although spooky to some, it is important to remember that spiders are great generalist predators of common garden insect pests and are therefore considered beneficial in the garden. It is important to…

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A New Season for Master Gardeners

Well it’s official, the 2017 Master Gardener volunteer season has come to an end!  With a deadline of October 1st for all volunteer service hours to be completed, we wisely used the final hours to tear out plants and remove trellises at Wheeler Historic Farm. The Meals Plus garden has been put to bed (get…

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Advice On Fall Garden Clean Up

For many gardeners finding motivation to put the garden to rest for winter can be challenging. After prepping, planting, weeding, harvesting, etc. tearing out the garden can seem like the most daunting chore but it is one of the most important! The clean-up, removal, and sanitation of diseased plants in the garden is the first…

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Fall Bulb & Native Plant Sale

Fall is the perfect time to plant spring flowering bulbs – including edible bulbs like garlic! It’s also a fantastic time to add flowering perennials, ornamental grasses, woody shrubs and native plants to your landscape. The cooler temperatures are less stressful for the transplant and there is still enough time before the soil freezes for…

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Fun Fall Festivities at Wheeler Farm

Pumpkin Days September 29th – October 31st Fall is filled with crisp, cool mornings, changing leaves and a shift in work tasks for the farmer. Harvest season slows and we begin to think about winding down for winter. What better way to experience fall than to get outside and enjoy it before winter sets in?…

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Blue Ribbon Produce at the State Fair!

State fairs are often associated with fried foods, carnival rides, and the fresh scent of manure but the Utah State Fair is so much more than that! If you take time to explore you’ll find home-grown produce, agricultural exhibits, arts, crafts, live demonstrations, music, and even a sculpture made from butter. Utah State University Extension…

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Is it Alkali or Alkaline?

The answer to this question is often, “Yes!”  Under certain conditions soils can be laden with alkali (a general term for mineral salts) and be alkaline (have a pH value above 7.0). However, I hear these terms frequently used interchangeably, but they are not equivalent.  In this first post, I will explore the nuance of…

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Farmscaping – Managing Habitat to Help Manage Pests

Farmscaping is a term used to describe farmland management practices that take an ecological approach to pest management. It is often found in blog posts and factsheets discussing sustainable agriculture and organic farming and today this organically-focused blog will join the ranks! This post, inspired by the Extension article “Farmscaping: Making Use of Nature’s Pest…

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August Advisories

Fantastic and relevant information from the Utah Pests Team graces our blog yet again. Two timely advisories (fruit and vegetable) were issued last week and we’ve shared them below! To sign up for future advisories visit: pestadvisories.usu.edu/subscribe  Utah Pest August Advisories Peach Problems at Harvest Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Aphids, Blossom End Rot If these…

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That’s a Wrap – National Farmer’s Market Week

With National Farmer’s Market Week in our rear-view mirror we felt it appropriate to share some pictures from our Pop-Up Farmer’s Markets last week! We launched the Pop-Up Farmer’s Market program in 2016 and introduced it to you, our readers, last August in a blog post titled “Farmer’s Markets are Popping Up Everywhere”. We expanded…

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Explosions of Color!

Now that festivities with fireworks have concluded for the year, it is time to enjoy a different kind of explosive color – wildflower blooms!  One of my favorite things to do, period, is to see the wildflower super blooms in the mountains.  Right now, Albion Basin is in full splendor and the sea of colors…

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Inspiration from the NACAA Urban Farming Tour

So, to tell you the truth, I’m still recovering from the 2017 National Association of County Agriculture Agents (NACAA) Conference held July 9th – 13th in Salt Lake City.  Personally I had a large planning role with the conference and now that it is over, I am reconnecting with normal work life – whew, feels…

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New News on Neonicotinoids

The news has been buzzing with stories about possible impacts of neonicotinoids on bees.  A new study recently published in Science explores the topic and brings come clarity to the complexity of the issue. Turns out healthy bees fare best, so plant pollinator gardens and feed the bees!  Here is a link to a NPR…

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Walnut Husk Fly

We seriously can’t help ourselves – the Utah Pests team has managed to do it yet again! Check out their latest advisory for information on managing coddling moth, peach twig borer, walnut husk fly and more. As we rapidly approach harvest season, they want to make sure you reap the rewards of all your hard work…

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Red, White and Blooms!

Those of you that follow our garden progress at Wheeler Historic Farm are bound to have noticed that the USU Extension Demonstration Teaching Garden is looking ‘bloomtastic’ these days!  Flower gardens not only attract pollinators and beneficial insects, but also provide humankind eye-candy with firecrackers of color and texture. Here is a run-down of flowers…

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This the Season for Pests!

Warm weather brings about bounty in our vegetable gardens and fruit trees which in turn attracts garden pests – lots and lots of garden pests!  Successful pest control relies on early detection and proper control methods if necessary.  Check out the latest tree fruit and vegetable pest advisories for pests currently on the ‘most wanted’…

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Top 3 Fun Summer Activities for Gardeners

It’s official, summer is upon us! Here at the Salt Lake County Extension office we recognize the summer season not only from hot temperatures and the last day of school, but by the increased visitors and everyday hustle and bustle that fills our office. We have been busy maintaining gardens, keeping up with pest alerts…

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