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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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Firewise landscaping and what you can do NOW!

A recent fire on Hill Road brought danger darn near to the doorstep. For folks in fire prone areas throughout the Intermountain West, and anywhere else, here is a checklist of things you can do to make defensible space around … Continue reading

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Sun Valley Garden Tour July 2013

Ahhhhhhhh, Sun Valley. For me it conjures up images of Baldy (the ski hill), movie stars (Clint Eastwood, Scott Glenn, Demi Moore), kick butt art galleries, good food, good times —and gardens. Here are three containers that caught my eye … Continue reading

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2013

Sometimes, I just get overwhelmed with “to much to do” and miss out on GBBD. Not this month. When I was taking these pictures, I made a mental note: these are special, just for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and my … Continue reading

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Tip of the Week: Wonderful Wood Chips for the garden

A little known factoid: The City of Boise, Community Forestry Department has some very VERY nice wood mulch available for a suhweeet price: $15 per cubic yard. This is a medium size, shredded bark, a little dusty at first, but … Continue reading

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