The Green Thumb

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Utah State University Extension specialists offer timely advice and gardening tips for all seasons from caring for your summer lawn to keeping your indoor plants thriving during the winter months.

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Holiday Hacks

Dec 23, 2019
Loves of freshly bake, hard, artisan bread.
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The Christmas season and the holidays always seem to cause a little bit of stress around our house and so I always like to try and have some holiday solutions if you will. We call them holiday hacks.

Felines And Feathered Friends: Nature Versus Nurture

Dec 23, 2019
Cat looking longingly at humming bird
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Several years ago, researchers with the Smithsonian Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that domestic and wild cats pounce on one to four billion birds a year. The estimated numbers of birds killed by cats exceeded all mortality from window strikes, roadkill, pesticides, pollution, wind, energy and all other unnatural causes combined.

Some Tips For Your Poor, Wilting House Plant

Dec 9, 2019
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This is the time of year your house plants might get the blues. What’s happening is they may be losing leaves or not looking as nice and shiny green as they once did.

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Carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns is an art form that comes in all shapes, sizes and levels of difficulty. The final product usually makes a pumpkin carver proud and anxious to display his or her work. However, just a few days later the artistic creation may start to wither and rot and eventually mold will take over.

Wildlife Winterization And You

Oct 18, 2019
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The falls in Utah are arguably one of the best seasons to enjoy the outdoors. As the heat of the summer abates and the days shorten, the landscape becomes ablaze with vibrant colors and are a cacophony of new sounds. Elk bugling and flocks of cackling migrating geese overhead herald the changing season and the onset of winter.

We have had our first frost here in Cache County and my tomatoes really were damaged. I may get a few more fruit that are hiding deep in the plant but for the most part I am not going to be able to store them.

Most Spiders In Utah Should Not Cause Concern

Oct 4, 2019
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Now that we are into fall, people start to think about Halloween and things that change in terms of nature - and one of these is spiders. So most people aren’t very pleased when they find spiders in their home garden. However, I want to remind you that spiders are actually beneficial predators that feed on many insect species, both pest species as well as non-pest species.

Stinkbugs - Not As Bad As You Might Think

Sep 4, 2019
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What are stinkbugs?  They are an insect that has a piercing sucking mouth part and is shield-shaped in its form.  It can be green, brown or other bright colors including orange, yellow and red. They are a combination of a group of insects that are both plant feeders in some cases, or some individuals are also predatory in nature and can feed on other insects so they can be beneficial in your garden.

What To Do With Your Aging Fruit Trees

Aug 23, 2019
USDA

Many Utah homes have fruit trees planted as a part of the home landscape.  Fruit trees provide shade, screening and beauty, as well as providing fruit for table use or preservation.  However, as trees get older, they get taller, and most of the fruit production moves to the tops of the trees where there is light.  Fruit in the tops of the trees are also difficult to spray and harvest.  

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In recent weeks, the number of calls and inquiries received by county extension offices about raccoons raiding gardens, attacking pets and damaging roofs has increased.  Prior to the 1990’s, these types of damage reports were rare.  

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Plants in the garden need a little bit of help with this heat so we’re going to give you some tips this week. 

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As more people recreate in Utah's outdoors, the chance of encountering wildlife also increases.  Whether that encounter will be positive or negative depends on what people know about living and recreating near and in wildlife's habitat.  

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Fruit trees that don’t receive enough water will have stunted growth and the leaves may wilt, curl and sunburn.  Fruit can also be affected, resulting in fruit that is small, shriveled and sunburned.  Thus, irrigating trees is very important during the spring, summer and fall in arid Utah.  

A Few Gardening Tips For Your Busy July

Jul 15, 2019
National Parks Service

While the leafy greens are succumbing to the heat, your beans, corn, melons, peppers, tomatoes and other warm season vegetables are really enjoying this time of year.  

Humans, Snakes, And Snake Bites

Jun 20, 2019
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Most human fears regarding snakes seem to stem from the fear of being bitten by a venomous snake.  Because most snakes in Utah are non-venomous, most human snake encounters are generally not dangerous, however if you encounter a venomous snake and are bitten, the consequences could be serious. 

'Electric Pressure Cookers Are Not For Canning'

Jun 20, 2019
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Electric pressure cookers such as the Instant Pot have become popular home kitchen appliances.  They do almost everything, except canning.  

Your June Garden

Jun 20, 2019
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It looks like April showers and May showers and maybe even June showers are over, and we’re back to a more normal weather pattern. 

A Few Tips For All You Canners Out There

Jun 13, 2019
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It’s almost canning season, and you just want to make sure that when you are doing food preservation you are doing it safely.  There are a number of different ways people can preserve food.  With freezing, be careful not to overload the freezer.  

Six Precautions For Your Tender New Fruit Trees

Jun 7, 2019
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Every year Utah farmers and gardeners’ plant new fruit trees.  Some were planted as bare root trees and others were planted from pots.  The following are six precautions to take with your tender new fruit trees. 

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Now that it’s spring, I have a few tips for you about some things you can do around your yard and garden to help encourage the nesting and food supply for our native pollinators. 

Rebirth Of Spring For Animals And Humans

May 25, 2019
Pixabay - Skeeze

For most wild animals, spring is the time of year when the seasonal cycle is renewed.  Spring birthing and nesting is adaptive in that the young are born when the conditions are favorable, and food resource is most abundant, increasing the chance of survival.  While some learn survival from one or both parents, others normally receive little or no parental care. 

Time To Plant Those Warm-Season Vegetables

May 17, 2019
Pixabay - Sharon Ang

May is here, the days are getting longer and warmer, and it’s about time to start thinking about planting those warm season vegetables.

Human-Wildlife Interactions

May 13, 2019
Pixabay - skeeze

In 1999 I presented a paper on the status of human-wildlife conflict at an annual meeting of the international biodeterioration and biodegradation society.  The paper was entitled The emergence of wildlife conflict management, turning challenges into opportunities.

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Spring has sprung and it’s time to think about our fruit trees and taking good care of them throughout the season.

All Things Age, Including Your Fruit Trees

Apr 19, 2019
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Every living thing ages over time. This is as true for plants, as it is for people. Even the giant redwoods and sequoias of California age over their prolonged lifetimes.

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