Gardening Tips

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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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My Favorite Blue Flowers

Added on November 1st, 2016

In surveys, blue is the world’s most popular color. And for many gardeners, blue is also their favorite flower color. This past spring, our perennial expert, Bonnie Hickey, gave a talk on blue flowers. These are a few things she mentioned: Blue flowers blend nicely with many other colors and can create a calming eff...

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Growing Tomatoes

Added on November 1st, 2016

By Jan Cashman Tomatoes are the most popular garden vegetable. We sell thousands of tomato plants each year. You can grow delicious, nutritious tomatoes, in our high mountain climate with its cool nights and short growing season by using a few tricks. Twenty five years ago, Fantastic and Early Girl were the two commo...

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An Apple a Day

Added on November 1st, 2016

By Jan Cashman   There is a lot of truth in the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are one of the healthiest foods a person can eat. They are high in fiber and Vitamin C and low in calories. They are high in antioxidants. Eat the skin and you get even more nutritious benefits....

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13 Hints from the Professionals for a Productive Vegetable Garden

Added on November 1st, 2016

Now that you have your vegetable garden planted and the seeds are starting to emerge, the tomato and peppers are setting tiny fruit, the squash is sending out runners, and you are picking spinach and lettuce, how do you keep your plants healthy all summer? Here are a few hints to get the best yield from your garden: ...

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Tomato Growing Hints

Added on October 27th, 2016

Choose early maturing varieties for highest yields—70 days or less (see chart) Sow seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost or buy started plants Make sure the plants you buy have strong, thick stems and are not leggy Harden off before planting Plant in a new spot every 3 years to escape soil-borne...

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4 Super Nutritious Berries You can Grow Here

Added on October 27th, 2016

By Jan Cashman We all know that strawberries and raspberries grow easily in our mountain climate. Both are highly nutritious sources of antioxidants, Vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals. Blueberries are also super-nutritious but harder to grow here where soils tend to be too alkaline for them. What about some of...

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Rhubarb the ‘Pie Plant’

Added on October 27th, 2016

By Jan Cashman Grandmothers in the northern U.S. called rhubarb the “Pie Plant”. Rhubarb pies taste wonderful (rhubarb is often combined with strawberries) but you can make other desserts with rhubarb besides pies. I make a simple rhubarb sauce by dicing the rhubarb, cooking it in a small amount of water till soft...

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Noxious Invasive Weeds

Added on October 27th, 2016

By Jan Cashman   Why should I care about noxious weeds? Driving through our beautiful state, especially in Western Montana, you can easily see the impact of noxious weeds. There are large stands of the deceivingly pretty pinkish-purple flowers of spotted knapweed. All of these noxious, invasive weeds choke out...

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The 2016 Gardening Year

Added on October 16th, 2016

2016 was a great gardening year, especially for fruit growing. Why? Of course, the weather always has a lot to do with how our gardens grow. Spring came very early this year with above average temperatures in March and April. And it was a dry spring and summer. If you kept enough water on your plants, they grew well. T...

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