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What’s Troubling My Tomatoes?

Many gardeners have waited all summer to eat fresh tomatoes. Sometimes though, as the first tomatoes mature, they may be deformed, cracked or have other problems. In this case, the weather, not microorganisms, is usually to blame. Four conditions are especially common. These include sunscald, cat-facing, cracking and blossom end rot. Consider this information. Sunscald appears…

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It’s Grasshopper Hunting Season!

My six year old son gets excited about catching and pinning one insect the most – grasshoppers.  He is remarkably good at catching them too!  It takes patience, speed, accuracy and stamina to be an accomplished grasshopper hunter because, well, they are fast! I’m seeing lots of grasshoppers this year at Wheeler Farm so this…

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July 4th Weekend Explodes with Color!

As the story goes, many of us are stuck at home with no fireworks show to attend.  But fear not, you can see a spectacular fireworks display of colors in our surrounding mountains.  Take some time in the coming weeks to enjoy a hike, breathe some mountain fresh air and admire the kaleidoscope of colors. …

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Weather Damage to Vegetables

As if this year could be any more stressful – we are seeing injury to plants from an unlikely culprit – weather.  Check out this recent Utah Pests Vegetable advisory with descriptions, images and secondary disease injury that you might be noticing in your own garden.

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2020 Is Certainly A Year for the History Books!

No doubt, we will all remember the year 2020!  So many remarkable events have already occurred this year – and it’s only June!!!  One significant event that occurred this year might have slipped by you unnoticed?  What, you were distracted by an earthquake, pandemic and protests? – excuses, excuses!  If you missed this article in KSL…

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The Gardening Bug Is At Infestation Level!

Gardening is certainly in the air.  I have been awed at the amount of neighbors who are out working in their gardens.  If there is a year for growing plants, this is the one!  I loved this recent article in BBC – it describes what we have been seeing at the Salt Lake County Extension…

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Farmers’ Feeding Utah

If you are looking for a way to give to those in need and Utah farmers during this COVID-19 crises, there may be an easier way.  Farmers Feeding Utah is a 501(c)(5) that, well in their words “connects Utahns in need with safe and locally-grown food. 100 percent of donations will go to purchasing, processing and distributing…

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The State of Local Food Markets Revealed

So much has emerged in the news of late about the impact of COVID-19 on our local food supply and farmers and ranchers.  I was made aware this week an excellent new blog written by our USU Extension Food and Agriculture Marketing Specialist, Dr. Kynda Curtis called Marketing in Motion. The most recent blog post discusses the…

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2020 Virtual Urban Homestead Expo

How to Compost pdf Basic Organic Gardening Calling all backyard gardeners, urban homesteaders, and hobby farmers! Do you want to step up your sustainability game? Interested in moving beyond tomatoes and peppers in your garden? Come to the Urban Homestead Expo at Conservation Garden Park to learn from our experts. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY and be sure…

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April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Spring is officially right around the corner and with Mother’s Day just shy of a month away, our last spring frost for 2018 is almost history!  It’s time to hit the garden shoveling, pulling, planting, fertilizing, composting or whatever else lands you in your happy place.  Personally, I’m excited about some new raised bed gardens…

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