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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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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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