Dan Drost

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.