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How to raise your own praying mantises Blog Image
How to raise your own praying mantises

A couple of months ago Sam purchased an ootheca, the egg sac of a praying mantis, for a speech...

Spring feeding and pest control in the lawn Blog Image
Spring feeding and pest control in the lawn

Happy first day of spring! We had temperatures over 70 degrees over the weekend, and while I should...

Troubleshooting your seedling problems Blog Image
Troubleshooting your seedling problems

This is the time of the year when people sometimes wonder whether starting their own seedlings is...

Keeping your peas pest and disease free Blog Image
Keeping your peas pest and disease free

St. Patrick’s Day is approaching, which is when a number of gardeners traditionally plant their...

Keeping your early lettuce and spinach healthy Blog Image
Keeping your early lettuce and spinach healthy

We all look forward to those early spring greens when we no longer have to rely on the...

Potato pests require early planning Blog Image
Potato pests require early planning

After a record setting cold spell around here lately, I’m more than ready to think about spring and...

Fending off problems with rosemary during the winter Blog Image
Fending off problems with rosemary during the winter

Happy Solstice, or rather the day after! We’ve had a couple of weeks of sub-zero weather to remind...

What do warmer autumns mean for gardeners? Blog Image
What do warmer autumns mean for gardeners?

One feature I really like on Facebook is being able to see what you were doing a year ago… or seven...

What beneficial insects are worth the money Blog Image
What beneficial insects are worth the money

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the dinner for the Montana Master Gardeners’ state...

Slime flux looks like spittlebugs on steroids Blog Image
Slime flux looks like spittlebugs on steroids

A few weeks ago a friend touched base to see what might be creating an astounding amount of frothy...

Why do the lilac leaves looking like someone trimmed them with pinking shears? Blog Image
Why do the lilac leaves looking like someone trimmed them with pinking shears?

Every summer it looks like someone took pinking shears to the leaves on my peonies, but I always...

A downy woodpecker is eating the apples Blog Image
A downy woodpecker is eating the apples

We saw the oddest thing a couple of days ago when John was playing on the swingset. There was a...