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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Now Is A Good Time To Prune Your Fruit Trees

Mar 15, 2019
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Now is a good time to prune fruit trees. The coldest part of the winter has passed and the trees are still dormant. Fruit trees need pruning every year to keep the trees healthy and to encourage the growth of new fruiting wood that is essential to ongoing production. However, very old trees or trees that have neglected for years should be considered for total removal.

The Grasshoppers Are Coming: What To Do To Prepare

Mar 8, 2019

In celebration of the season of green, spring, St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns and four-leaf clovers; today’s insect topic is about something green. So grasshoppers, some are green and they eat lots of green plants.

This week the boys of summer are completing the annual ritual of spring training with the start of a full slate of major league baseball exhibition games. The swing of the Louisville Slugger bat will soon be pitted against the blazing speed of the leathered Rawlings fastball as veterans and rookies alike seek spots on the team or in the starting rotations.

Flu Season For Grass? It's True.

Feb 22, 2019
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All the recent news about the flu has me thinking about diseases. Did you know that grasses can get sick just like you and me? It’s a fact. Grasses can be infected with by viruses, bacteria and even fungi just like humans.

February signals the start of the planting season for gardeners in warmer areas of Utah. So get out and plant lettuce, carrots, peas, spinach, onions and some of those other cool season crops. It’s a good time if you’re down in St. George.

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As you know, your credit report and your credit score play a pretty critical role in any of us getting a loan. I think the thing that is most important for us to understand, though, is that there are now a number of different reports and scores available. Where we used to refer to this traditional FICO score now has become a consumer score but is doesn’t have quite as many protections to it.

How To Help Honey Bees Survive The Winter

Feb 1, 2019

As many people know we’ve had challenges with supporting good populations of honey bees in North America in recent years. And a big part of this factor is overwinter survival. So many of the bees are dying off during the winter and then colonies are low in bee populations the following spring.

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Knock-knock! Who’s there? Recently, some Utah homeowners who live near wooded areas have awakened to mysterious knocking sounds in their walls. The source of the knocking has been identified as a species of bird known as a woodpecker. Those who may choose to ignore the knocking might be in for a surprise this spring when they find that the woodpecker has taken up residency within the wall.

How Can You Improve Your Environmental Footprint In 2019?

Jan 11, 2019
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As we kick off 2019 it’s a great time to start thinking about how can we improve our environmental footprint this year. And a lot of people associate sustainability with loss but actually, there’s a lot to be gained by engaging in sustainable behaviors.

Gardening In January

Jan 11, 2019
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It’s January. The snow is on the ground, it’s cold outside and you’re probably thinking what can I do in the garden at this time of year. Here are a couple of things that I like to do in January.

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Now that we are truly in the winter as you look through your seed catalogs you might want to start planning next year’s garden with your past pest problems in mind.

When Is Enough Enough?

Dec 23, 2018
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You know, it seems like this time of year, it’s maybe time to ask the question, much more intently, When is enough enough?

Ode To A Christmas Mouse

Dec 23, 2018

Tis the night before Christmas when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. These are the opening lines of the poem entitled, The Night Before Christmas. Charles Moore wrote the poem for his family on Christmas Eve in 1822.

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By now winter has set in. The snow is blowing in Logan and if you haven’t got your soil samples done you’re probably too late. But if you did send that in by now you should have your report back from the soil testing lab.

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Today let’s talk about houseplant pests. It’s a big concern this time of year as you’re moving plants indoors for the winter. You want to look for signs of infestation as you move plants indoors so they don’t spread to other plants.

Four Tips For Preparing Your Garden For Winter

Nov 23, 2018
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November is quite a quiet month in the vegetable garden.  If the weather is still good, I’d recommend you go out and finish your garden cleanup.  Pull up the stakes, remove the garden cages, pick up any dead residue, work up the soil as best you can, try and get that thing cleaned up for next year. 

The Wild Utah Turkey

Nov 16, 2018
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Soon families and friends will gather to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. The most common table faire on the table will no doubt be a Thanksgiving turkey. Unlike the adage that one can never have too much of a good thing, that wasn’t exactly the case for our native wild turkeys.

A Little Bit About Pumpkins

Nov 15, 2018
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After Halloween, we typically have maybe a few pumpkins still laying around and I want to make a clarification on a couple of things. Sometimes people think that your jack-o-lantern pumpkins are the very same as what we would use for making pies. 

'Tis The Season For Everything Pumpkin

Nov 2, 2018
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PUMPKIN SOUP

1 lb. fresh or canned pumpkin chunks
2 medium potatoes, peeled
3 cups chicken broth
3 cups milk
¾ teaspoon salt
Sprinkle each of: pepper, nutmeg and ginger
½ cup sour cream

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Fall is the time to bring those winter-sensitive plants indoors and sometimes pests are brought along with them. There are three main groups of pests that tend to show up on houseplants.

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Halloween’s scariest animals. Bats are mammals that fly. But it was Bram Stokers “Dracula” that forever linked bats to vampires on Halloween. 

The First Killing Frost Of The Season

Oct 19, 2018

It won’t be too long until we experience the first killing frost and that will end the 2018 gardening season.

Hi! This is Dan Drost, Utah State University Extension Vegetable Specialist. I hope 2018 was a good gardening year for you. Some of the things that I recommend you do now is to review the successes that you’ve had.

What Is Killing Our Utah Fir Trees?

Oct 5, 2018

Today’s topic has to do with something that is going on in our high elevation mountains. This is a concern because some of our native trees, in particular, the sub alpine fir and the white fir, so these are the true firs, are having some problems with an insect infestation. 

This year, we are getting more and more calls about individuals reporting mice in their neighborhood.  Most times mice can be found living far away from humans but with the onset of colder weather plus periods of unseasonably warm weather, it will promote individuals to move into structures as they search both for food and for cover.  

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