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DECEMBER GARDENING CALENDAR

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DECEMBER GARDENING CALENDAR Shown in the photograph above is North Crow Creek Canyon in the Mission Mountains of Western Montana.  I have a beautiful view of the canyon from my front yard.  Snow is piling up now that winter is here.  December is probably the least busy month for gardening of the year in... More

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  NATIVE AMERICAN VEGETABLES Above we have some illustrations of heirloom Native American vegetables.  The sunflower is the rare Hopi Dye sunflower, the beans are Zuni Gold, the squash is from the Ute tribe and the maize is Hopi Blue flour corn ‘Po*suwaegeh’. It is an interesting fact that some of our most popular... More

NOVEMBER GARDENING CALENDAR

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NOVEMBER GARDENING CALENDAR GENERAL Prepare beds for next spring’s early crops; add manure and trench into furrows to receive frost (this will break down and lighten/feed the soil). Check over which varieties of flowers and vegetables you liked or disliked, which ones did well, and make a note of it.  Keep records up to... More

OCTOBER GARDENING CALENDAR

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  OCTOBER GARDENING CALENDAR GENERAL Bring in any remaining vegetables to ripen, or cover them with a row cover designed to take frosts into the mid-20s.  Plant bulbs, wildflower mixes and hardy annuals.  Harvest apples and pears, and sow seeds of hardy trees and shrubs. VEGETABLES Have row covers ready for tender plants that... More

TIME TO PLANT SPRING-FLOWERING BULBS!

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  PLANTING SPRING-FLOWERING BULBS  We have a great selection of bulbs in stock now!  We have hyacinths, glacier lilies, grape hyacinths, daffodils and several colors of perennial tulips.  These are highest quality, large, Dutch-grown bulbs.  Each bulb is .75 cents each  Come in and see the selection today! The best time to plant spring-flowering... More

SAVING VEGETABLE SEEDS FROM YOUR GARDEN

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  SEED SAVING An excellent way to preserve a favorite vegetable variety is to harvest and save the seed from your own garden plants.  This can be done with all open-pollinated (non-hybrid) vegetables.  Hybrids are pollinated by humans for a specific resulting plant.  (Seeds saved from hybrids will not produce the same fruit or... More

SEPTEMBER GARDENING CALENDAR

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  SEPTEMBER GARDENING CALENDAR GENERAL Harvest beans and other crops; remove blossoms from eggplant and peppers to ripen remaining fruits.  Cover sunflowers from birds, pinch tomato tips.  Lay down grass turf.  Watch for slugs and snails, cultivate to destroy grasshopper eggs.  Also, watch for corn earworms. VEGETABLES Cultivate or hoe around cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli,... More

A GARDEN FOR POLLINATORS

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  A GARDEN FOR POLLINATORS Some plants are pollinated by wind, others by water and some are even self-pollinating.  However, most flowering plants depend on bees, birds, flies, beetles, butterflies or other creatures to pollinate their flowers.  In recent years pollinators have declined in numbers worldwide, due to destruction of their native habitats or... More

AURICULA PRIMROSES

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AURICULA PRIMROSES When we think of primroses, the first thing that comes to mind are the ‘Pacific Giant’ hybrid primroses we see in garden centers.  Actually hundreds of species of Primula are in existence, and some species have been brought into gardens and significantly developed.  The auricula primroses, members of the species P. auricula, have been grown in... More

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PEONIES Two main types of peonies are commonly grown in gardens: herbaceous peonies and tree peonies.  Herbaceous peonies die to the ground every winter and regrow in spring.  Tree peonies are shrubs; their flowers bloom early in spring on woody branches.  Here we will discuss the herbaceous, perennial peonies whose flowers appear in early... More