Gardening Tips

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Why Trees Matter

Added on February 5th, 2018

The latest National Geographic magazine had an article entitled “Why Birds Matter”. Birds do matter. But don't trees also matter in much the same way? Like birds, trees are essential to our environment and beautiful to look at. Trees are valuable for our well-being. They absorb carbon dioxide and provide oxygen ...

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The 2017 Gardening Year

Added on February 5th, 2018

Every year, during their October meeting, members of the Gallatin Garden Club report on “What Worked and What Didn’t Work” in their gardens. How our gardens turn out in a given year is, to a large part, dependent on our weather. A quick recap---After a cold January and early February, we had above average temp...

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Amaryllis and Paperwhites: Forcing them for Winter Color

Added on December 17th, 2017

By now, if you were going to plant spring-flowering bulbs in your garden, you have completed that task. But to brighten up the indoors throughout our long winters, many of us like to "force" colorful (red, pink or white) amaryllis and fragrant paperwhite narcissus bulbs. Amaryllis and paperwhites will not survive ou...

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Hydrangeas

Added on July 15th, 2017

The showy shrub around town blooming now full of huge, round, white flowers is hyrangea. Most of the hydrangeas around here have white flowers but plant breeders have been working on new hydrangea varieties that are hardy with bigger, more colorful blossoms and a longer bloom time. Since the year 2000, 90 new hydrangea...

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Weeds: 10 Tips For Weed Control

Added on June 6th, 2017

We gardeners struggle with weeds. We don’t want our beautiful flowers or our vegetable gardens taken over by them. But what to do? Here are some hints to help you keep your gardens weed free. Hit the garden instead of the gym. Weeding in your gardens is good for you—body and mind. Enjoy a beautiful summe...

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Foodscaping

Added on May 15th, 2017

We know what ‘landscaping’ means—we’ve heard of ‘xeriscapes’. But how about the word ‘foodscaping?’. Today, many of us are concerned about eating healthy. City lots are smaller—and homeowners want ‘curb appeal’. You can kill two birds with one stone by beautifying your yard with edible plants. Her...

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Our Favorite Vegetable and Fruit Varieties – 12 Cashman Nursery Staff Picks

Added on April 17th, 2017

Our staff at Cashman Nursery and I have come up with the varieties of vegetables we like best that we grow in our vegetable gardens. There are many other good varieties. You may have some that you like and are even better than this list. I have not listed all the vegetables that we can grow here. Cabbage, broccoli, and...

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Tree Diversity: A Look At 7 Underplanted Trees

Added on February 27th, 2017

"Diversity" di·ver·si·ty (noun) : The state of having different forms and types. There is good reason for diversity in the trees we plant in our yards, boulevards, and public areas in Bozeman. If one variety is planted exclusively and then an insect or disease afflicts that particular variety of tree, our yards an...

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Organic Gardening – Or Not?

Added on February 3rd, 2017

Today, we hear a lot about organic gardening. You might wonder whether you should try harder to garden organically. First of all, what does it mean to garden organically? A basic definition is “Gardening without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.” There are many reasons gardeners should keep the use of chemic...

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Grow Showy, Easy Allium

Added on January 15th, 2017

The large plant genus allium includes edible onions, garlic, shallots, and leeks but it also includes a vast group of perennial ornamental flowers that are both showy and easy to grow. Allium’s flower colors are most commonly blues and purples, but some are white or yellow. Allium plants produce chemical compounds th...

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