Yikes! What the heck happened to my lawn? The grass is all matted down and instead of a healthy green color; it’s turned a sickly grayish-tan and unnatural pink. As an advanced Master Gardner with the University of Idaho, I quickly discovered it is Snow Mold. It’s a fungus. There are two types of Snow […]

I wanted to yank out my Jonagold apple tree after going through my Master Gardener training. If you want a product worthy of eating, beginning in early spring, you really must tend to your apple trees weekly with pesticides and fungicides. I was additionally discouraged when I learned, it doesn’t matter how well you do […]

Problem: You have a bird dog named Speckles and you really want backyard chickens. She is a German Shorthair, and her breed is known for its superb hunting abilities. Solution: Slow and thoughtful integration. Yes, you too, can have various life forms living harmoniously in your backyard. When you bring home day old chicks you […]

Calling all A-type personalities! You know who you are. You like your underwear drawer neatly organized, your towels folded a specific way and the dishwasher loaded… just so. Well, this blog is for you. My technique of getting picture-perfect rows of lettuce, carrots, and beets, while being thrifty, will have you proudly grinning from ear-to-ear. […]

“Honey, what would you like for Valentines?” asked my thoughtful husband, Mr. Man. “I’d like a worm bin,” I responded. “Not gonna happen.” He replied without missing a beat. When I went through Master Gardener certification in 2012, our class had a fantastic unit on vermicomposting, known as “worm farming.” I got so excited about […]

Results from the Great Tomato Ripening Experiment: How to Extend Your Harvest. It’s almost mid-January and I’m still enjoying tomatoes from the plants I grew this past summer. I just gathered a handful and made some tasty, fresh salsa to complement the vegan tacos I made for our dinner. So how is it that I’m […]