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Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Here We Grow!

Warm sunny days are here to stay (at least I hope) and USU Extension Master Gardeners are ready to cover some ground (get it, cover some ground) setting roots in this years’ Meals Plus Harvest Garden!  Here in Salt Lake County, our fabulous volunteers grow garden fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs for seniors at Salt…

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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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Two Words that Pair Perfectly – Soil+Structure

Check out the most recent post of the Dirt Diggers Digest authored our very own USU Extension Soil Specialist – Dr. Grant Cardon.  Grant tackles a very popular spring gardening topic – soil amendments!  Thanks Grant for filling our brains with ‘black gold’! IT’S ALL ABOUT SOIL STRUCTURE! – Dr. Grant Cardon, USU Extension Soil…

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No Fooling Around – I Fly By the Night!

If you ever thought the life of an Extension agent was dull – think again!  Wheeler Farm just inherited about 100,000 new mini-livestock!  The Salt Lake County Jail Horticulture Program has decided to discontinue honey production at their field site and was gracious enough to donate their beekeeping equipment to Wheeler Historic Farm to support…

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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 2018 Senior Center Farmers’ Markets!  Onions can be grown from…

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Great USU Extension Gardening Websites to Grow By!

With the 2018 growing season right around the corner, I thought it might be a good time to help you navigate some of our most excellent online resource available through USU Extension – let 2018 be your best gardening season ever! Garden.usu.edu This is our catch-all site for information on classes, gardening basics, garden care,…

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March 2018 Jordan Valley Conservation Garden Classes

Thank you for attending the 2018 “How to Compost” and “Growing and Cooking with Herbs” classes at Jordan Valley Conservation Garden Park on March 17th, 2018.  For your convenience, referenced fact sheets and my presentation notes from both classes can be viewed here: Backyard Composting in Utah Fact Sheet: Backyard Composting in Utah How to…

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Get Soil Savvy!

Healthy soil = healthy plants! Getting your soil tested helps you evaluate what’s already happening in your soil and better determine what to add in order to grow healthy and productive plants.  Soil tests can also help you protect the environment and potentially save money. We can’t boast enough about the benefits of soil testing.…

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Start Your Own Seedlings Indoors

Growing your own plants from seed can be a rewarding and fun hobby. Gardeners have a wider range of varieties to pick from when choosing seeds and can gift away extra transplants to a friend or neighbor. We love finding new and convenient ways to share information with a broad audience. Check out our past…

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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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Wintertime Offerings

Winter months are a fantastic time to gear up for a successful and enjoyable gardening season!  Some of our most popular classes are offered in the winter time including fruit tree pruning.  Although it may seem too early to worry about fruit production, fruit tree pruning typically occurs in February or early March and, due…

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2018 Urban & Small Farms Conference

It’s that time of year again. Registration is now OPEN for the 2018 Urban & Small Farms Conference. The 2018 conference will take place February 22 and 23 at the Viridian Event Center (8030 S 1825 W) in West Jordan, Utah.  In addition, there will be a pre-conference Micro Farming workshop held Wednesday, February 21st. This 3-day event isn’t just…

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Are Organic Matter Soil Amendments Created Equal???

One of the most frequent questions I hear from gardeners is “what exactly is organic matter”?  Great question, and a great question follows “are all types of organic matter the same”?  Our USU soil Extension specialist, Dr. Grant Cardon, address these questions and give some insight on differences between different types of organic matter.  He…

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Utah Gardener’s Almanac

What is an almanac? Well, according to dictionary.com it is defined as an ‘annual publication containing a calendar for the coming year, the times of such events and phenomena as anniversaries, sunrises and sunsets, phases of the moon, tides, etc., and other statistical information and related topics.’ Almanacs have been around for centuries. These publications,…

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Knowledge: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

If you’ve been procrastinating and need a last minute gift idea– you are in luck! We have a great gift suggestion for every green thumb in the family that won’t require you to drive anywhere or deal with crowds of last minute shoppers. USU Extension has developed and launched a comprehensive online gardening course. This amazing…

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