Thursday, June 14, 2018

Does Swiss Chard Grow In Utah?

What is Swiss chard?  You can call it Swiss chard or chard.  It is a tall, leafy green vegetable with thick stems.  It is often used in Mediterranean cooking.  Chard is very nutritious and it will grow easily in Utah.
Like a lot of vegetables, chard needs full sun, rich soil and regular watering (2 or 3 times a week).  Give it plenty of room and it will get 1 or 2 feet tall and about 1 foot wide.  Chard can be planted by transplanting starts from the garden center or by direct sowing seeds right into the garden bed.  It should be planted in April or May.  Harvest chard all summer and into the fall by cutting large leaves and stalks as needed for cooking  The plant will continue to produce new leaves all season.
The best way to enjoy chard is to chop it up and sauté it with tasty flavorings like fresh garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper and lemon juice.
Swiss Chard Grows In Utah!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

When Can I Plant Seeds For Vegetables in Utah?

It's seed planting time in Utah!  You can plant many things from seed in your vegetable garden and April is a great time to get started!  Here is a post about which seeds to plant right into the garden and which seeds to start indoors.  And here is a post about the average last frost date and when to plant garden seeds.  Planting vegetables from seeds is a great way to save money.  It's easy and you can broaden your horizons with a large variety of choices.  Have fun!

April is a great time to plant seeds in Utah!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Snow Is Piling Up And So Are The Plant And Seed Catalogs!

It's that time of year again!  The wonderful time of late winter when we gather up the seed and plant catalogs (oh, the pretty pictures!) and make lists of everything we want.  This is a fiesta - an extravaganza of list-making.  And, if you are like me, you want some of EVERYTHING.  However, when the list party is over, we have to edit.  We must edit before we place the order.  It's painful, but you will be glad in spring when you realize you have enough garden space for the plants and seeds you purchased.  Here is a blog post about seed catalogs from several years ago.
Now is a good time to go over your garden plan.  Or create one.
plant and seed catalogs

Friday, December 29, 2017

New Years Resolutions For The Home Garden 2018

Here are my New Year's Gardening Resolutions for 2018!  What are yours?

1.  I'm going to try harder to make sure things are harvested and used and that nothing goes to waste.

2.  I'm going to experiment with new ways to preserve the harvest.

3.  I'm not going to stress out about the weeding and upkeep of the garden.  Stressing out takes up energy that could be better spent on weeding and upkeep of the garden.

4.  I'm going to grow something that I have never grown before.

5.  I'm going to grow more flowers!

Happy New Year!  Here's to an excellent 2018!!

I'm going to grow more flowers in 2018!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Can I Grow Blueberries In Utah?

Sorry.  You cannot.  Blueberry plants have some specific needs that our soil and climate cannot provide.  You can try and there are nurseries that will sell you the blueberry plants and tell you  "yes, you can grow blueberries in Utah".
But you cannot.
Here is an article explaining the science behind why you cannot grow blueberries in Utah from Utah State University.  They don't come right out and say you can't.  But when you read about the lengths to which you would need to go in order to grow blueberries in Utah . . . ya, no.  It's way too involved.
Your time, money, effort and garden space will be put to better use growing things that do well here.  Raspberries, strawberries and blackberries can all be grown in Utah.
raspberries will grow in utah

Friday, December 22, 2017

Here's A Great Idea - A Free Gardening Coloring Book!

Our friends at Botanical Interests Seed Catalog have a free gardening coloring book available to download from their website.  What a great way to spend a cold winter afternoon - combining gardening themes with artistic expression.  Fun for the whole family!
free gardening coloring book from Botanical Interests

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Top 5 Last-Minute Holiday Gifts For Gardeners

The Holidays are upon us!  If you have gardeners in your life then you know they love to receive gifts related to their favorite hobby.  The options are endless but I have picked out 5 top last-minute gifts for gardeners for this 2017 Holiday Season.  Here we go!

1.  Gift Certificates - for plants from your local independent garden center:  If you purchase a gift certificate for your gardener, you will automatically extend the Holidays into next spring.  Because every gardener will agree that going to the local nursery to buy plants is a little bit like Christmas Morning.  You can't go wrong here and supporting your independent garden center (during December when their revenue is low) is always a good thing to do.

2.  Long Tail t-shirts from Duluth Trading Co:  Ok, these shirts are awesome because they are a little longer so when you are kneeling or squatting (which you do a lot when gardening) the back doesn't come untucked.  Check out their website for more excellent gardening and work clothes.

3.  Organic Mushroom Farm from Back to the Roots:  This groovy company sells cool things to keep gardeners busy with inside gardening projects like mushroom kits, a water garden and herbs that grow in cans.

4.  Books, Catalogues and Magazines:  During the gardening season, gardeners have things to carry around with them;  tools, bags of mulch, trays of plants, harvested vegetables, etc.   During the winter months, gardeners like to carry around reading material . . . about gardening.  Here are some lists of items you might consider getting to keep you gardener's mind active during the dormant months:

Magazine Subscriptions:
Fine Gardening Magazine
Horticulture Magazine
Rodale's Organic Life

Free Catalogues:
Baker Creek Whole Seed Catalogue
Botanical Interests

Here is a big list of gardening catalogues (with links).

5.  Gardening Tools!  Every gardener loves tools:  pruners, loppers, shovels, pitchforks, etc.  And if you want to go big, there are power tools:  mowers, edgers, hedgers, chainsaws.  My favorite power tool for gardening is a sawzall - reciprocating saw.  It is designed for demolition - cutting things like wallboard and framing.  But I use it for pruning shrubs.  It's perfect for small branches that are too big for the loppers.  I have been known to get a little carried away with the sawzall and cause some garden "demolition".  I think the electric reciprocating saws are better because they have more power so you might want to get a long extension chord to go with it.  Gardening tools can be easily found at your local hardware store.
gardening tools make great gifts!