March Gardening Chores

Last week, I took four days off and took my wife and my college age kids to Vegas. I’m quite certain my kids would have enjoyed the edgier side of Vegas if it weren’t for their fuddy duddy parents. We don’t gamble, but the last time I was in Vegas was about ten or so years ago and the slot machines in the casinos made a raucous sound

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Drink Your Garden

Home brewing of beer, wine and hard cider are a big deal these days. What most gardeners in Wyoming don’t realize is that you can grow most of what you need for brewing right in your backyard! Let’s start with grapes. Of course we can’t grow grapes from the south of France, but there are at least twenty or so grape varieties that will grow here and tolerate our cold dry conditions.

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Plant Now

This time of year is like Christmas down at my shop. We’re busy getting all kinds of exciting garden supplies delivered, from shovels and hoes to vegetable seeds. I know these types of products are ho-hum to most of you, but not to avid gardeners who have been dreaming for months about getting outside and growing. So let’s chat about what you can grow now.

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Amending Your Garden’s Soil

Lately we’ve been conducting a series of free classes for gardeners. Call it cabin fever, but gardeners are ready for the growing season to begin based on the response to these classes. The latest class was on amending your garden’s soil. So, for those of you who missed the class, let’s have a chat about amendments.

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.
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