No matter what time of the tomato season it is, gardeners always have green tomatoes. With that in mind, this tomato preservation procedure can be used as long as you have fresh-from-the-vine, green tomatoes. Do not use tomatoes that have endured even one night of frost. It’s too late for them… and for you, my […]

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 […]