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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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A New Threat on the Horizon

I understand, the last thing you need is more bad news.  But there is a new pest in town, and it is a bad one.  This threat is not viral, its an insect – specifically a beetle.  And it’s name…the Japanese Beetle.  It’s time to educate ourselves on the Japanese Beetle.  Check out these recent…

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Your Corona Virus Checklist

USU Extension has put together a really helpful site on all things Coronavirus – from parenting to food to mental and emotional well being to finances.  And remember, gardening is excellent therapy too! USU Extension COVID-19 Resources  

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Keeping Up With Coronavirus

This week has been chaotic to say the least!  But the good news is with good food hygine, it is still safe to eat fresh produce and drink water from the tap.  Check out this Washington Post article about food safety and coronavirus and relax, you’ve got this! Food Safety and Coronavirus  

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Snow Melt Reveals Hidden Garden Treasures

It may still be February, but it is not too early to investigate around the garden for early signs of growth!  Honestly, one of the greatest joys of gardening is looking forward to something new all year long. Sometimes gardeners forget ‘year-round’ includes the winter months as well, and it is certainly fun to see…

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The Garden Professors

If you have never visited the Garden Professors blog, you really should.  I love their motto “advancing the science of gardening and other stuff since 2009”!  The garden professors never shy away from a good garden controversy and are quick to help us all understand why some home garden remedies are just bad advice (scientifically…

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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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It’s All About Soil Structure!

We have started our 2020 Master Gardener training in Salt Lake County and the class just got done talking about soil science.  I was reminded of the important relationship between organic matter and soil structure and thought it might be a good idea to re-visit and re-share Dr. Grant Cardon’s Dirt Diggers Digest post on…

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Gear-up for the Growing Season – Disease Free!

It is certainly easy to get excited about the up-coming growing season, and indoor seed starting and greenhouse production provides real relief for the wintertime blues.  But before you let the intoxication of seed starting mixes and seedling heat mats cloud your better judgement, make sure you take time to practice proper sanitation methods.  Nick…

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