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How to select THE Freshest cut Christmas tree:

Click on the link to get the scoop: http://www.riverinteractive.com/rivermornings/msf/233627591.html. Shake it. Shake it again. Tap it on the ground. If you are happy with the results (read: if you aren’t covered with dead tree needles), ask the tree lot attendant … Continue reading

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October Garden Check List

Plan • Think about increasing your garden growing space next season. • Make note of the winners and losers: which varieties performed abundantly? • Save seeds from late harvest vegetables such as squash, gourds, pumpkins. Prepare and maintain • Leave … Continue reading

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Bulbs for the Garden

I did it again. Bought more spring flowering bulbs. Lots more. This order: tulips and narcissus. But not just any tulips and narcissus. No, after a while you become a connoisseur. Right. I like to tell myself that. What really … Continue reading

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Russian Hawthorn (or Crataegus ambigua)

This is the perfect time of year to select and plant trees. Armed with my camera or smartphone, and a notepad, I go around town, snapping up photos of the best and the brightest: trees with good autumn color. A … Continue reading

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A is for Autumn Abundance

Just picked (abundant pole beans), just sauteed (Walla Walla onions), just pickled (cauliflower in beet juice), just fried (organic bacon), and finally, just grilled: rosemary olive oil bread. And now, I will run out and pick a bunch of ripe … Continue reading

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The Gardener’s Checklist for the Mountain States Region

Planning • If you haven’t already sketched out the garden as it was this year, do so now. • If you admired a new and different vegetable or fruit in a friend’s garden—or at the fair—make a note of that. … Continue reading

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Seed Saving time!

A couple of links for great seed saving information: SeedSavers.org. Several area nurseries are offering classes in proper seed saving techniques as well. Here’s the perfect storage kit for your seeds: from The Seed Keeper Company. Whether you are cleaning … Continue reading

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Fireweed: Put it to good use

click on image for larger view. On the left, fireweed in Hailey, ID, and on the right, near Johnson Creek/Wapiti Meadow Ranch. Fireweed is a common sight in the intermountain west, and even more so in Alaska, where it occupies … Continue reading

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From the garden of Shepp Ranch

For about 100 years, a garden has been in place at the Shepp Ranch. Here’s a beautiful sampling from the flower beds this year: TweetShare

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How to deal with scary yellowjackets, bald-headed hornets and those nasty nasty wasps

I am allergic to bee stings. Recently, on my Salmon River trip, the lemonade/ice tea table was surrounded by yellow jackets and bald headed hornets. I don’t know which ones scared me more. I would rather go thirsty in 98 … Continue reading

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