“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 […]

Are your hanging baskets looking leggy? Have they suffered from the extreme heat of our summer? Mine have. They look awful and it’s gotten to the point where I think I should ditch them into the compost and start over. However, at this time of the season, it’s not easy to find affordable, robust replacement […]

From Twin Falls to Pendleton, D&B shoppers are bracing for a heat wave. Forecasts call for two weeks of triple-digit temps. For those who keep backyard chickens, this is bad news for their feathered friends. In extreme heat, your chickens will pant, they could be a bit lethargic and their egg production could also be […]

I was recently asked if, “backyard chickens spread disease?” The simple answer is, not really. Disease usually comes to them and they contract it. More specifically, wild birds bring in bugs, like lice and mites. Even more threatening, wild waterfowl are carriers of Avian Influenza – which is highly transferable to backyard flocks. Five states, located in […]