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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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April Showers Bring May Flowers – and Weeds!

Moisture, heat and sunshine cause garden plants to grow – but unfortunately the same is true for weeds!  If you’re not careful, your garden might start looking more like an overgrown jungle and less like a properly tended and manicured garden!  Early season weed control is really key, and most weeds are easier to extract…

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2019 Urban Homestead Expo

Thank you to all of you that came and participated in this year’s Urban Homestead Expo!  As promised, I uploaded my presentation notes for your reference.  We hope you had a great time, learned something and plan to join us again next year! Organic Gardening 2019 Urban Homesteading Expo – Basic Organic Gardening [Compatibility Mode]…

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Goodbye Winter…Hello Spring?

Let’s face it, the Wasatch Front does not have a terribly long growing season so its sometimes necessary to take advantage of every single possible growing day before harvest to ensure our garden plants are a successful investment of our blood, sweat and tears.  I was reading the most recent Utah Pests IPM advisory which…

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Contain Yourself!

I recently taught a class at the Jordan Valley Conservation Garden Park on container gardening and raised bed gardening and, upon doing some research, rediscovered some really wonderful online resources that I want to make sure to share with everyone! I promised I would upload my slides so you can find them below. Container Gardening…

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How to Grow Gorgeous Garden Onions!

Spring gardening fever has set in for thousands of gardeners along the Wasatch Front.  I can hardly wait to share my own excitement over our newly delivered ‘babies’, also known as Walla Walla onion sets, destined to be planted at Wheeler Historic Farm for our 2019 Senior Center Farmers’ Markets!  Onions can be grown from…

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Time to Get “Grafty”!

Do you have a favorite fruit tree that you would like to clone?  Do you have a favorite tomato you can no longer grow because it is not disease tolerant?  Or do you think it might be neat to brag to your family and friends that you grafted your own fruit trees in your yard? …

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Pruning Fruit Trees: Clip with Confidence!

Correctly pruning fruit trees can lead to healthier trees that produce more quality fruit! Who doesn’t want that? Here at the Organic Forecast we want share tips on how to correctly prune as far and wide as possible.  We promise pruning doesn’t have to be complicated! You can clip with confidence with some simple resources…

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‘Days to Harvest’ Demystified

As you flip through seed catalogs or look at the growing requirements on the back of a seed packet, you will see a number (typically in parenthesis).  This number, called ‘days to harvest’ or ‘days to maturity’ tells gardeners how many days it takes for a germinated seed or transplanted start (small plant) to produce…

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Teaching Bees to Do Math – No Kidding!!!

I’m always amazed by science surrounding bees, but to be honest, this recent story ‘buzzed’ me away with amazement.  Scientists can teach bees to add and subtract – seriously?!  Check out a link to the story below and note the research article is linked at the very end of the story in case you want…

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Cabin Fever Reliever

Here in Utah we’ve recently experienced a small bout of warm weather inspiring many to get outside, breathe some fresh air and look for signs of spring. Unfortunately it’s still only February and if you believe the theory of the groundhog, we have a few more weeks of winter before we can seriously consider getting…

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