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15 Sep 2016

The Best Shrubs for Bird Habitat

Birds are a welcome garden guest throughout the year. Bird feeders, bird baths and bird houses play an important part in backyard birding, but planting shrubs for their forage and cover will attract even more wild birds to your yard.

  • Black Chokeberry: Clusters of dark berries form above glossy green foliage. Foliage is brilliant orange in autumn.
  • Serviceberry: These purple berries are native to much of the mountain west. The fruit attracts many species of birds including cedar waxwing, gross beaks and grouse.
  • Willow: This hardy shrub provides excellent cover for many birds.
  • Chokecherry: Another native, with profuse clusters of dark red berries.
  • Viburnum: This easy to grow shrub has beautiful red clusters of berries, persisting into winter.
  • Dogwood: Birds are attracted to the white berries which form late-summer.
  • Rose: Rose hips contain a profusion of seeds to nourish birds through the winter.
09 Sep 2016

Planting Garlic

Hardy and full-flavored, home grown garlic is one of the easiest crops to grow. Here’s how:

Begin by preparing the soil. It should be about 12 inches deep and amended with compost and manure. Select  garlic intended as seed. Separate a head of garlic into cloves.  Plant each clove pointy side up about 4 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches apart.  One head of garlic will typically yield 8-10 heads next year. Water in thoroughly. The garlic will sprout next spring. Maintain even moisture. Hardneck varieties will send up a strong central stalk or scape which should be cut.  Once the foliage begins to die back in July and become mostly brown, pull or dig up the heads. Leave the stalk on and cure the garlic by hanging in a dry, dark area for three weeks.  Trim off the leaves and brush off any dirt. Kept cool and dry, home grown garlic will last for months.

Plant garlic anytime in September or October for next year’s harvest!





07 Sep 2016

Alyson’s Tomato Pie


Our retail staff member, Alyson loves to cook and shared her recipe with us. Take advantage of September’s bounty and use the best tomatoes you can find either from your garden, your neighbor’s or the farmer’s market. Be sure to drain tomatoes thoroughly as directed, otherwise you’ll have a soggy (though still tasty!) pie.

  • 5 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 1  9 inch deep dish pie shell, pre baked until light brown
  • 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup mayo (or half mayo, half plain yogurt)
  • 2 TBS grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.

Place the sliced tomatoes in a single layer in a colander set over a sink. Sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 10-15 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels to ensure most of the excess moisture is out. Layer the tomato slices, basil and onion in the pie shell.  Season with salt and pepper. Combine the gruyere, cheddar and mayo. Spread topping over the tomato mixture and sprinkle shredded parmesan on top. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into slices and serve.

Yummy. Thanks, Alyson!

06 Sep 2016

Fall Bulbs are Here!

  Yes, bulbs are wonderful for spring color, but did you know that flowering bulbs are also a valuable food source for bees? Plant some for spring color and  some for our pollinators! Tulips, daffodils, iris, crocus, hyacinth and other colorful beauties will start arriving after Labor Day. Don’t miss the boat; plant bulbs once, water and enjoy the fruits of your labor next spring!

01 Sep 2016

5 Reasons to Plant Trees this Fall


Did that spring planting project go unfinished? Have you been away most of the summer? Was it too hot to plant? Whatever your reason, September is here and it’s a great time to plant trees and shrubs. Here’s why:

1)      Less Stress on the Trees:

Cooler temperatures mean less evaporation and trees don’t have to work as hard draw in water and nutrients.

2)      Warm Ground Temperatures:

Even as the air temperatures drop, the ground is still quite warm. The warm earth allows for good root formation, even after the foliage drops.

3)      Ready to Grow:

Trees and shrubs planted in the fall have acclimated to local temperature, daylight and moisture conditions. Once the ground warms up again in the spring, these trees will be ready to grow. As an added bonus, spring snowmelt helps keep the root zone moist.

4)      Fall Specials:

Fall is a great time to shop. All potted container trees and shrubs are 30% off.

5)      One Less Spring Project:

Shorten your to-do list for next spring. You’ll be glad you took the time and energy to plant trees.

Continue to keep newly planted trees and shrubs moist until the ground is frozen in late fall. Hand watering may be necessary after your irrigation has been turned off. At least two inches of mulch should be applied over the top of the root ball to maintain even temperatures and moisture. Evergreens are especially prone to moisture loss and browning over the winter months, so be extra diligent in providing ample water until the ground is frozen.  For extra protection, spray evergreen needles with an anti-desiccant like Wilt Pruf™ in October.