Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, Debbie Cook, shared some great information about the upcoming Master Gardener class in Canyon County. All the information can be viewed on the University of Idaho’s Extension site by clicking here. Download and submit the online application to be considered for the program. Have you signed up to receive pest alerts […]
Debbie Cook, Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, was joined by Gretchen Anderson on the show today. Gretchen is the author of The Backyard Chicken Fight and our resident “chicken expert.” This week, the ladies discussed gardening. Do you love garlic? Debbie and Gretchen talk about the different varieties of garlic in respects to planting, watering, […]
I feel confident that I could write an entire book on honey harvesting, but for the sake of simplicity and your sanity, I will outline the general steps in a few paragraphs. First and foremost, you must identify the frames to harvest. In my previous blog, I described in detail how to know which frames […]
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 […]
Let me be perfectly honest with you. I don’t get everything completely harvested. Whether it be over planting for our household needs or unexpected illness, there is always something that inhibits my ideal harvest results. But every year, I keep trying and refining my approach, always getting a little closer to satisfaction. Some of this […]
Join Melinda Jean Stafford as she teaches you all about honey harvesting. You will learn: What is honey The harvesting process Tools needed for extraction The extraction process Tips & Tricks Q&A session at the end Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 You can see all of D&B Beekeeping […]
After days of contemplating the tedious shelling of my dry black tepary beans, I woke up that morning knowing I was going to thresh them barefoot in the bathtub. This was probably a byproduct of my brain debriefing during my dreams, after hours of sifting sunflower seeds from plant matter the day before. When I […]
I am adjusting to being a one-woman show after years of raising seven kids who were great at helping me harvest and process the garden produce. This would probably be easier if I wasn’t still growing enough in the garden to feed all of them! I did cut back some this year, but much like […]
I love my vacuum sealer more than my other appliances. It’s not fair, because it doesn’t have to work as hard to please me. It rests on the counter, hardly requiring any upkeep or cleaning. It doesn’t have to be on all the time, but when it is, the results are nearly immediately satisfying. All […]
I have a confession to make. I am only diligent to harvest my garden so that my husband will agree to me planting again in the spring. I love spring time, a time of coaxing seeds to sprout and finding pleasure in each new leaf. A time of lining all the pint-sized transplants up in beautifully straight rows and letting compost crumble through my fingers.
It’s not that I dislike harvest time. I have always planned my garden with intentions to harvest it. But after picking everything, I must leave the garden to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. While in the kitchen, I see the garden through the window, going wild with weeds. Pumpkins are engulfing the pole beans. The edible sunflowers are a confused mess, half leaning across the walkway, and the other half duking it out with the cucumbers on the trellis.