Growing Tips

Mycorrhizae

Mycorrhizae

Roots of evergreens, deciduous trees and shrubs have a symbiotic relationship with a fungi called Mycorrhizae. This fungus invades the root cells of most trees. In most cases we would think this fungus is damaging the tree, but it is not. Mycorrhizae does steal carbon from the tree and in return gives back water, phosphates and other nutrients.

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Growing Tomatoes

Growing your own tomatoes is not only a rewarding experience once you can pick them, vine ripened, but it’s a flavorful one as well. Here are some helpful ideas and suggestions for getting that juicy fruit as succulent as possible.

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Caring for Mums Year-Round

Hardy Mums

Your new mum may be planted in full sun or in a place where it gets half a day of sun. Plant your mum at the same level in the ground as it is now planted in the pot. Loosen any compacted roots and water it in well.

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When Should You Trim Your Shrubs, Bushes, and Trees?

When Should You Trim Your Shrubs, Bushes, and Trees?

Fall will be here in the Treasure Valley before you know it, and you may be wondering when (or if!) you should trim your shrubs, bushes, and trees.  Here are some tips and information on how, when, and why you may want to trim or prune them to keep them healthy...

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The Successful Planting Guide for Trees and Shrubs

The Successful Planting Guide for Trees and Shrubs

Need help successfully planting trees and shrubs? Here's a great  planting guide for your trees and shrubs! How-To Guide: Dig a hole 1 ½ 2 times as wide as the root ball and 4-6” deeper. Examine the soil you have removed from the ground. If you have “poor soil,” blend...

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Fall and Winter Gardening: Overseeding and Aeration

Fall and Winter Gardening: Overseeding and Aeration

Fall and the early winter months can sometimes be the most critical times of the year for lawn care, particularly in the area of preventative measures and ensuring proper nourishment for your lawn. There are two relatively easy practices you can participate in to...

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All About Garlic

All About Garlic

Garlic 1) Chesnok Red A highly flavorful variety that is a purple striped hardneck. Considered to be one of the best for cooking. Great for baking and easy to peal large cloves. 2) Early Italian An easy to grow softneck variety. Prolific and long storing (up to 10...

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Planting to Attract Wildlife

Planting to Attract Wildlife

As spring approaches you may be considering what you want to plant in your gardens and flowerbeds. If you enjoy the presence of song birds, hummingbirds, butterflies and other pleasant creatures, your garden can be customized to draw them in! Here are a few...

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How To Grow Onions and Potatoes

How To Grow Onions and Potatoes

It may seem less than economical to grow your own onions and potatoes, however, the taste of these fresh vegetables more than return that investment. It takes only a minimum of effort which will lead to a bountiful harvest. In this article we will discuss a couple of...

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Composting Tips

Composting Tips

It is trash day and you have a few cans on your curb waiting to be picked up. Think about all the things that go into your garbage can. Perhaps some of those things include lawn clippings, leftovers from meals over the last week or other organic materials. Many people...

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Lawn & Garden Winterization

Lawn & Garden Winterization

Planning for cold weather is important to the survival and vitality of your plants in the spring. Some of you may have already started this process, but there is still time for those of you who haven't. Diagnosis of ailments for treatment, clearing of debris and...

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“Fall” for Fruit Trees

“Fall” for Fruit Trees

Summer activities are drifting off and things are cooling down. Turning leaves, pumpkin patches and hot chocolate are what's on our mind. Fall is a time for us to settle in and slow down. The natural world around us feels this too as nature begins to focus its...

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Spring – Time to Get Growing

Spring – Time to Get Growing

Garden Preparation:You will need to work the soil, adding organic matter and Soil Activator, to encourage an ideal growing medium. (For any root crops, such as potatoes or carrots, add some bone meal.) Now let us discuss appropriate planting times for the vegetables...

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Preventing and Treating Chlorosis

Preventing and Treating Chlorosis

Chlorosis, or yellowing, refers to plant leaves that are become faded-green or yellowed, rather than a healthy, dark green color. When manifest, the leaf veins often will remain dark while the rest of the leaf becomes lighter. This condition is common with maples, but...

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Fall and Winter Gardening: Mums and Shrubs

Fall and Winter Gardening: Mums and Shrubs

The onset of Fall and the Winter that follows are synonymous, metaphorically and botanically speaking, with the death and dormancy of most species of foliage. However, the Fall months provide some of the best opportunities for improving your lawn and garden with Fall...

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Installing a New Lawn From Seed

Installing a New Lawn From Seed

Starting with a good soil base will greatly increase germination of seeds and help with overall health of the established lawn.  It is advised to till in compost to add organic matter to our typically clay soil. This will provide nutrients and hopefully increase...

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