Dan Drost

November garden update from Dan Drost

Nov 19, 2021

One shouldn't really complain about the weather, particularly after our hot dry summer. However, due to the regular rain events that we've had here in northern Utah, my garden has just been too wet for me to do any fall work.


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I'm quite pleased with how my garden has dealt with the summer heat. I've been diligently watering it, I made sure to mulch the soil, and I kept an eye out for bugs and diseases.

Finishing off the 2021 gardening season

Nov 11, 2021


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Looks like we made it through the 2021 gardening season with only limited issues. I've pretty much picked all my tomatoes and the squash is also winding down.

Ways to help your garden for next spring

Oct 15, 2021

Hi, this is Dan Drost, Utah State University vegetable specialist. October is commonly the end of the gardening season in northern and central Utah. Most of the higher mountain valleys have had a few frosts and those tender vegetables that were not protected, were heavily damaged and no longer producing any fruit.

Preparing For July And August In Your Garden

Aug 3, 2021

Prepare yourself for a bit more heat in July and August, which are often Utah's hottest months. My garden made it through June quite well, and I had to do some extra hand watering to supplement the more programmed watering schedule I use.

Ways To Beat The Heat In Your Garden

Jun 4, 2021

June is a great month for the garden. By now, your early planting should start to come into production. I've already been harvesting lettuce and radishes, and kale. My early peas are flowering, and I should have snap peas next week- all those things look really good. 


I hope you had some time to get your cool-season vegetables into the garden in April. The weather was good, and that late rain in the month helped things move along nicely. 

Starting To Plan For Your Garden

Feb 27, 2021

I'm in shock. It's already February. I did get my asparagus seeds planted last month, and they're just coming up. My leftover seeds from 2020 have also been inventory. And I'm going to run germination tests on those starting this weekend.

Preparing For Your 2021 Garden

Jan 1, 2021

I kind of like January; you can see the sun rising on the horizon and begin to imagine the days getting longer. Here in northern Utah, there are a couple of things you need to do to get ready for the 2021 gardening season. 


Wow, October and November have been quite this fall for us. They've been a real bonus here in northern Utah. So if your garden needs some attention, hopefully, you got things put to bed this year.

October is kind of the end of the gardening season here in northern Utah. You may have experienced a frost in some of the higher mountain valleys. While in southern Utah things are still pretty good and you might have some time to enjoy the plants that are still there.


As September progresses, temperatures begin to cool, and the possibility of frosty weather increases. If your garden is like mine, there's a lot of produce left in it. So pay attention to the weather.

Knowing When Your Melons Are Ripe

Aug 17, 2020

August is starting as hot and dry as July. That means keeping up with your garden irrigation. As more crops mature and the fruit ripens, keep those plants healthy and productive by making sure that you continue to apply about one and a half inches of water per week.

USU Extension Online Gardening Tips

May 15, 2020



May brings many things to do in the garden. And if you've been to one of our garden centers here in Utah lately, you'll notice that there's a lot of people there buying plants-- lots of garden plants in particular.

April Showers Bring Garden Goodness

Apr 13, 2020
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Hi, this is Dan Drost, Extension Vegetable Specialist at Utah State University. Even though the spring has been wet, my leafy vegetable garden is up and growing nicely. I got it planted about the middle of March and the radishes and lettuce and spinach are all coming up quite nicely. I made sure that I covered it with a row cover to keep it warm during the night and increase those day temperatures and that's helped a lot.

Starting Seeds And Planting Planning

Feb 24, 2020

It’s really February out there today-- a bit of snow coming down. But there's a lot of things that we need to start thinking about.

First of all, February is a time to start planting your seed purchases. I've also been checking what I have in seed stocks at home, looking them over and then running some germination tests on them to make sure that the seed is working as it's supposed to be. No point in buying too much seed and no point in letting that seed that you purchase that works well go to waste.

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.

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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. 

A Few Gardening Tips For Your Busy July

Jul 15, 2019
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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.  

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. 

Time To Plant Those Warm-Season Vegetables

May 17, 2019
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May is here, the days are getting longer and warmer, and it’s about time to start thinking about planting those warm season vegetables.


Spring is having a hard time coming to northern Utah but I think we are on our way. I’ve been finding it a bit difficult to get out in my garden. But I hope you’re not wasting too much time trying to find to into yours as well.

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.

Gardening In January

Jan 11, 2019

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.


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.

Four Tips For Preparing Your Garden For Winter

Nov 23, 2018

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. 

Tips On How To Pick The Perfect Melon

Aug 10, 2018

August is melon month. The biggest problem that many gardeners get is how do you select a good melon. So I’m going to give you a few tips today.