Starting Over

So I chuckled to myself when I got the email from the Casper Star-Tribune thanking me for my years of writing gardening columns for them but there were some changes they were making and my services were no longer needed. Really? Fired via email, that was a first for me.

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Things That Make Me Go Bonkers

There are any number of things horticulturally speaking that make me go bonkers when I analyze the situation. I thought I’d share with you some of those things that make no sense to me yet we habitually do them. Probably the number one bonker for me is watching people irrigate freshly laid sod. Just so you know, sod might have a half inch or so of root when it comes from the sod farm. There is absolutely no reason to turn your landscape into a bog

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Things That Go Bump in the Night

I was conflicted this week as to what to write for this article. It was a toss-up between creepy crawlers in the garden or things that make me go bonkers horticulturally speaking. For instance the mega natural disaster caused by last November’s big chill that killed approximately thirty percent of our landscape plants that nobody in the public sector seems to be addressing. So to avoid making people mad at me, I’m choosing creepy crawlers! Let’s start with slugs. If you have slugs foraging on your new lettuce or tomato leaves this is a clear indication that you are over

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Young Plant Water Needs

The temperature spiked to the mid 90’s this past week in Casper, prompting gardeners to worry about their newly planted trees from this spring. I’ve received worried email notes, photos on smart phones, phone calls and samples brought in. It all leads to one thing, improper irrigation technique. Last week I wrote about irrigating your landscape to a depth of twelve inches and then maintaining a system of balancing your irrigation frequency for the health of your mature landscape.

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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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