Tuesday, March 8, 2016

SPRING UPDATES!! 2016

Welcome Spring 2016!

We are in the process of filling up the greenhouses with bedding plants and hanging baskets. It won't be long and tomatoes will be transplanted, followed by petunias, sweet potato vine and zinnias, and much more. It does seem to be an early spring and folks are itching to do some yard work.
Typical gardening chores at this time of year consist mainly of fertilizing the lawn, spring cleaning out the flower beds of fall debris, and pruning fruit trees and applying dormant spray.
On any warmish spring day, cleanup is easy to execute. As for lawn fertilizing, it's a good idea to wait another week or two before applying a weed and feed product.
Before it gets much warmer, pruning and dormant spray application should be taken care of before leaf buds develop further. Dormant spray helps kill off any bugs that are hiding dormant on fruit trees, etc that can cause damage to developing fruit. Once the bugs emerge from dormancy, it's too late for this important step. Now is a perfect time to accomplish those tasks.
Of course be on the lookout for early spring bulbs peeking out of the soil including crocus, snow drops and maybe a few daffodils!

Last weekend we participated in the first annual Bear River Valley Showcase home and garden show held at the Box Elder County fairgrounds. What a great time we had meeting new faces, visiting with regular customers and answering all kinds of questions about yards and gardens. We even gave away a lot of potted herbs to show guests to enjoy some fresh green in their kitchen and home cooked meals. We are so thankful to all the show guests and of course our many wonderful customers who voted our booth as People's Choice at the show case! What a pleasant surprise!




Our shipments of trees and shrubs will start arriving mid to late April. Even though it is warm and it seems natural to start planting, be patient. We still have frost in our climate zone well into May. Some of our product is shipped in from the warm west coast and sometimes arrive fully leafed out or in bloom. Chances are still high for frost damage in our higher elevation and we try our best to prevent this and have good strong and healthy plants for success in your yard.

Pansies, dianthus, snapdragons, and flowering cabbage are tough enough to plant outside now. They handle the frost and spring snows like warriors!

Our entire spring class schedule is posted on our Facebook page and our store website. Bill Varga will teach this week's class on pruning and all the basic fundamentals for trees and shrubs. Class starts at 10:00 am March 12th. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy. Another pruning class will follow on March 19th at 10:00 am taught by our local extension agent Mike Pace. Mike will have an emphasis on fruits and berries. Both classes will last about an hour with a question and answer period following. Bring your questions to ask the experts! Both of our pruning classes are very popular and draw a nice crowd.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

USU Invasive Insect workshop


For Box Elder County Fruit Growers and Gardeners,

Announcing a workshop that USU Extension & USU IPM team will be putting together this Friday (Mar 6) in Brigham City. They will cover the monitoring, management, and identification of Spotted Wing Drosophila and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. SWD is a very destructive pest of fruit and BMSB is a destructive pest of fruits and vegetables. SWD has been found in Box Elder County, as well as Rich, Cache, Weber, Davis, and Utah Counties. BMSB has been found in Salt Lake and Utah Counties.

To register or for more information about these workshops see http://utahpests.usu.edu/caps/htm/events-and-workshops

Spotted Wing Drosophila

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug


Utah State University Extension gardening classes 4-week series

The USU Extension office will be holding a 4 week series of gardening classes for Box Elder County residents. The first class starts on Thursday, March 5 and will be taught at the USU Brigham City Campus. The classes will focus on small fruit, tree fruit and vegetable production. To register for the class, go to http://extension.usu.edu/boxelder/ and click on the gardening class link.




Saturday, February 21, 2015

February Gardening

Our current Utah winter conditions have been more like a perpetual balmy spring, and terribly dry. Punxatawny Phil in Philadelphia may have seen his shadow on Groundhog Day, but the groundhogs around here demanded an early spring and it seems as though that's what we are getting! Sunshine abounds!
With that said, pay attention to trees and shrubs in your yard, especially those most recently planted. Even though it is winter and in their dormancy you don't notice any growth above ground, below ground they are still somewhat active. They still need a drink to prevent winter kill and damage, and to get established. Drag out the hose and after it spits out the ice cubes, let the water trickle around the roots under the dripline and give them a good soak. They'll love you for it! This is a good idea all through winter, not just during warm and dry February!

Check out this link for more in depth information: Preventing Winter Injury