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, […]

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 […]

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.