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A Labor of Love

Happy Labor Day Everyone!  I just want to give a thumbs up to my wonderful volunteers! It is my opinion that the single best way to give back is to volunteer your time and talents to those who can benefit from them.  Doing a quick search, I found Labor Day is “dedicated to the social…

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Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

Signs are posted at Wheeler Farm notifying the public about HABs or Harmful Algal Blooms.  This post is devoted to 1) notifying you that HABs have been found in the Salt Lake Valley area and 2) educating you on how to identify them and why they are dangerous.  HABs should be taken seriously as they…

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Are Earwigs Really So Eerie?

No doubt, earwigs look eerie, like really eerie with those prominent backside pinchers and nocturnal activity.  And earwigs are prominent in the garden – every gardener has seen them and wondered, are these insects friends or foes.  Often I hear gardeners categorize them in the foe camp which in some cases is valid.  But earwigs…

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Samurai Wasps Are Finally Here!!!

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as is the case with my 5 year old son.  I recently asked him on a play-date with a classmate to name his favorite insect and his response surprised me – he said it was the Samurai wasp.  The what you say???  His absorbent little ears heard…

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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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It’s Time to Get to Squashing!

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but they’re here!!!  Pests, Disease and Weeds!  The recent Utah Vegetable IPM Advisory covers some of the common actors, thrips, cabbage moths, powdery mildew, and squash bugs – ARGH!  Ready the troops, it’s time for combat – see the advisory linked below. Vegetable IPM Pest Advisory

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Fireblight Risk is Extreme!!!

It looks like our bizarre spring weather has thrown us for another loop – apple and pear trees might be exposed to perfect conditions for fireblight infection.  Check out this recent notification from the Utah Pests Team – and be on the look-out this year for fireblight infections! Fire Blight Risk on Late Blossoms

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Do Weeds Leave You Wondering?

The good news is drier, sunny weather is on it’s way.  The bad news is, so is a surge in weed growth.  Go ahead to block out your weekend calendar for hours spent in the garden pulling baby weed plants!  Many gardeners struggle with identification of newly germinated weed plants – but when they are…

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The New Dirt Diggers Digest Edition on Phosphorus!

It’s hot of the press folks, the most recent edition of Dirt Diggers Digest – and it’s a lot to absorb!  Take it away Grant…… “In my last post I discussed the sources and processing of mineral Phosphorus (P) for the many fertilizers available for this critically important plant nutrient.  In this post I want…

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