Wow, I’ve been MIA, but I’m baaaaaaaaack. The Dirt Diva is Back.

Pardon my dust and technical difficulties of late. It’s been 3+ weeks since I posted. I am deep into a new manuscript for vegetable gardening in the Rocky Mountain/Intermountain region and a lot of time is spent staring at the computer screen and being frantic. This too, shall pass.Then, the gremlins of the internet made the whole GWWW go away for a few days. We found GWWW and brought it back into the light. Thanks for staying with me.


I stopped into the radio station (the River, 94.9) on Wednesday last to talk about Christmas trees. If you aren’t into Christmas, look away now. Clickety click. There are several ways to go:

1. Chose a fresh, live tree in a bucket or balled and burlapped from a local nursery. These need to be left outside and brought in only at the last minute. Keep them in no more than 4-5 days MAXIMUM if you are planning on keeping the tree alive to replant. The warm indoor temperatures cause evergreens to break dormancy, giving them false hopes of spring, only to have you haul them back outside to deep winter temperatures.

OPTION: Don’t bring in the live tree. Position the tree outside but where you can see it from in the house. Maybe that’s the front porch? The patio? Light it up and enjoy it for months. I once did a tree like that, starting with Christmas lights, going to all white for January (winter snow), red and white for Valentines (just switch out some bulbs), and green and white for St. Patricks. I was headed for pastels when my husband threatened me.

Keep a live tree alive by watering it deeply at least once a week.

2. Cut a fresh tree from your local national forest or tree cutting farm. Permits in Idaho are $10, and you can cut a tree up to 12 feet tall. Check w/your local National Forest Office, here. The office will assist you with directions and instructions.

3. Purchase locally or Idaho grown Christmas trees. Oregon and Washington are close by, and grow wonderful trees. North End Organic Nursery has terrific Fraser Firs from north Idaho, $35-95. Fresh, fresh, fresh!