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 […]

Help, tomatoes are dropping their blossoms! This problem can be frustrating and difficult to manage as the problem usually is caused by high heat and low humidity. That’s a hard problem to deal with in southwest Idaho. Some blossom drop is normal because plants generally produce more flowers than the amount of fruit the plant […]

Day two of our edu-vacation at Oregon State University’s Honey Bee Research Lab was all hands-on! Ellen and Carolyn took us out to their research apiary which was on the edge of town in the rural farmland area. The knowledge we took away from this experience was invaluable. There is something to be said about […]

The Boise State Bee Team (the campus beekeeping club) took an edu-vacation to Oregon State University this summer. The eight students on the trip coined this term “edu-vacation” as the perfect description for our adventure because it was an educational vacation. Seemed fitting. We took this opportunity to visit the OSU honey bee lab and […]

In this episode, Matt describes what it’s like to deal with pocket gophers, a very frustrating varmint. Matt goes over some do-it-yourself methods for eliminating pocket gophers and speaks with gopher experts Jim Martell, who is the director of Canyon County Idaho’s Weed and Pest Control Commission, and John Turpin the owner of Idaho Gopher […]

Thank you to the BLM for the free Firewise training class. Part 1 Meet Keri Steneck, BLM Fire Prevention Officer for the Boise District talks about the partnership with D&B to help prevent any wildland property. Jared Jablonski, a Fire Mitigation Specialist with the BLM discuss the overall fire behaving and history of the Southwest […]

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 […]