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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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My Heart’s A Flutter

Butterflies are always a delight to spot in the garden and one common Utah visitor is the painted lady butterfly.  I thought it might be appropriate to take moment to pause and pay tribute to my lady, the painted lady butterfly.  I pulled this segment from the broader June 29, 2019 Utah Pests Landscape IPM…

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Utah Pests Quarterly Newsletter

Now that a nice white blanket of snow has covered up all our yard and garden problems, it’s time to catch up on some reading!  Enjoy the fall 2019 Utah Pests Quarterly Newsletter – I guarantee you will learn something new!  Quiz question, what is push-pull trap cropping? Read to find out!

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Is the Insect Apocalypse Really Coming?

Okay sure, the media has a tendency to blow things out of proportion sometimes but I found this recent news story from CNN really interesting.  Furthermore, it discusses things backyard gardeners – like you – can do to help some insect populations.  Enjoy the story and check out this picture of a beneficial insect hotel one of…

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So you want to be a Master Gardener?

It’s the time of year again when the harvest is in full swing, kids are back to school and the Extension office is flooded with phone calls from those eagerly inquiring about the upcoming Master Gardener program. Throughout the year we keep an interest list with names and emails of those who would like to…

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Rotten Pumpkins Got You Bummed?

Jack-o’-lanterns: Prevent Your Carved Creation from Becoming a Fungal Fiasco By Nick Volesky     Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is an art form that comes in all shapes, sizes and levels of difficulty. The final product (usually) makes the pumpkin carver proud and anxious to display his or her work. However, often just a few…

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Don’t Get Spooked Over Spiders! – Redux

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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Fall Garden Checklist

Fall is a great time to prepare the garden for springtime.  Sheridan Hansen, USU Extension Horticulture Faculty in Davis County, recently provided fall garden tips on Studio 5 with Brooke Walker.  Check out her clip here.

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New Pest Alert!!!!!

You know it’s serious when a blog title gets 5 exclamation points, but there is a new pest in town and it deserves all of them!!!!! If you’ve never heard of the Japanese beetle, you need to learn about it.  We’ve seen it before in Utah and chased it out of town, that was then…

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