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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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Fungicides linked to Declining Bumblebee Populations

Insecticides kill insects, it’s what they are designed to do — so it seems fairly obvious that scientists can (and do) link insecticide use to the decrease of certain beneficial insects, such as honeybees. What is less obvious is how fungicides impact insects. Fungicides don’t target insects and were thought to be fairly ‘safe’ but…

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Cold Temperatures are Settling In!

Okay, so let’s make the official declaration that the 2017 vegetable gardening season has concluded along the Wasatch Front, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot still enjoy the bounties of herb garden – say what?!!!  Some plants, like people, are tougher than others and a little frost and snow does not scare these cold…

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Garden Trivia for Holiday Parties

As we enter the holiday season, we give thanks and take time to reflect on the past year’s trials and tribulations.  What is that insect you saw in the garden and what does it eat?  Here is your golden opportunity to build-up your gardening knowledge for 2018 – let it be the year you master…

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Is it a Plant “Nutrient” or “Food”?

This is somewhat of a trick question, and falls often in the realm of semantics.  Many experts insist there is a distinction; I do not.  The dictionary defines a “food” as “any nutritious substance…that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.”  In that broad sense then, any nutrient essential to the growth of…

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A Year in Review

Okay, okay…we know it’s a little early to be recapping the year and setting sights on the next one, but when our Master Gardeners finish their hours and the graduation/appreciation dinner is wrapped up, we feel a little empty in our hearts–and office.  Accompany this with the seasonal closing of our Master Gardener help desk,…

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Futuristic Farming

As stated on our home page, The Organic Forecast blog is part of the Utah State University Extension service. We, as proud employees of a research-based non-biased organization, often feel compelled to shout from the rooftops about the amazing work that Utah State University is doing…..and today is no exception! A recent article on agriculture.com…

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A Guide To Growing Garlic

Garlic – what is it good for? Absolutely everything! It enhances so many yummy recipes, it’s the focus of fun festivals, and it scares away those pesky vampires. For those living along the Wasatch Front, the season for planting garlic is rapidly coming to an end and the ground will freeze before we know it.…

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Fall Time Fruit Tree Care

Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy the colors – and check your fruit trees for evidence of certain diseases.  Once again, the Utah Pests Team has come to the rescue and prepared a list of important fall time fruit tree chores. Fall Orchard Chores

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Don’t Get Spooked Over Spiders! – Part 2

Some things are erringly predictable; as the nighttime temperatures dip; spiders start showing-up inside the house and in protected areas around the garden.  Although spooky to some, it is important to remember that spiders are great generalist predators of common garden insect pests and are therefore considered beneficial in the garden. It is important to…

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A New Season for Master Gardeners

Well it’s official, the 2017 Master Gardener volunteer season has come to an end!  With a deadline of October 1st for all volunteer service hours to be completed, we wisely used the final hours to tear out plants and remove trellises at Wheeler Historic Farm. The Meals Plus garden has been put to bed (get…

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Advice On Fall Garden Clean Up

For many gardeners finding motivation to put the garden to rest for winter can be challenging. After prepping, planting, weeding, harvesting, etc. tearing out the garden can seem like the most daunting chore but it is one of the most important! The clean-up, removal, and sanitation of diseased plants in the garden is the first…

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Fall Bulb & Native Plant Sale

Fall is the perfect time to plant spring flowering bulbs – including edible bulbs like garlic! It’s also a fantastic time to add flowering perennials, ornamental grasses, woody shrubs and native plants to your landscape. The cooler temperatures are less stressful for the transplant and there is still enough time before the soil freezes for…

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Fun Fall Festivities at Wheeler Farm

Pumpkin Days September 29th – October 31st Fall is filled with crisp, cool mornings, changing leaves and a shift in work tasks for the farmer. Harvest season slows and we begin to think about winding down for winter. What better way to experience fall than to get outside and enjoy it before winter sets in?…

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Blue Ribbon Produce at the State Fair!

State fairs are often associated with fried foods, carnival rides, and the fresh scent of manure but the Utah State Fair is so much more than that! If you take time to explore you’ll find home-grown produce, agricultural exhibits, arts, crafts, live demonstrations, music, and even a sculpture made from butter. Utah State University Extension…

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