Bring back the Victory Garden

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Shit gets real. Earthquakes. A global pandemic. Grocery store aisles stripped bare. Restaurant dining rooms, bars, and many businesses are closed. Despite our state’s misplaced reputation for emergency preparedness, harried citizens are waking up before dawn to get to the grocery at 6am in hopes of securing toilet paper and hand sanitizer. It seems all […]

Gardeners, it’s time to quit your tiller!

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We are here for an intervention. Dark, luscious, fertile soil; weed-free, loose, loamy and teeming with life: This is the foundation every gardener dreams of starting each season with.  Well-structured, full of nutrients, and wriggling with worms, an epic harvest with a minimum of effort awaits. It’s remarkable how easy and how little effort it […]

Let’s get weird

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Try something new and unusual in your garden this year! It’s a great time to be a human on planet Earth. Never before have we had so much access to so many new potential experiences. Each year in the garden, I love experimenting with new plants; novel fruits, sinister-looking flowers, or perhaps discovering a new […]

It’s all about healthy growth: Seeds of Success

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Cultivating gardens while sowing the Seeds of Success In the summer of 2016, Wasatch Community Gardens launched an ambitious new pro­ject: to build and grow a 1.4-acre farm out of a weedy, trash-strewn lot that hadn’t seen human stewardship in almost two decades. In partnership with the Downtown Alliance, the Salt Lake Redevelopment Agency (RDA) […]

City gardening: Should you be concerned?

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No! Just follow these simple rules (and always wash your produce!) The motivation for fresh, clean, organic food gets me out into the garden as soon as I’m off work, and often beforehand. The rewards of this lifestyle are many; the bounty of fresh, clean, organic produce is worth every drop of sweat. Keeping things […]

Root cellar alternatives

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How to store your crops for winter The last time I went house hunting I had a long list of requirements and even longer list of desires. Where those two lists melded into each other was a root cellar. I wanted a real root cellar. The kind that keeps turnips crisp and sweet until Yule […]

Beyond honey bees

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A look at some of Utah’s native bees Bees are crucial to almost every meal you eat, and are hands down the most important pollinators in our ecosystem. But the rampant introduction of honey bee hives over the last decade to “save the bees” is the equivalent of introducing massive herds of cattle into Yellowstone […]

A win for pollinators

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Citizen action group does end-run around bureaucracy to change pesticide laws In their nearly 30 years of existence, neonicotinoids have become the most widely used insecticide in the world, with registration in 120 countries. When first developed, neonics were touted as a safer alternative to other insecticides. Bayer, the chemical company that developed these pesticides, […]

The people and plants are fine

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Freak explosion destroys infrastructure at the Green Team Farm Late Sunday night on March 24, the Wasatch Community Gardens’ Green Team Farm in downtown Salt Lake City suffered a catastrophic explosion and fire to the heart of their operation. The core of the farm was made up of two 40-ft. shipping containers which had been […]

Grow a living mulch!

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Kickstart your soil mojo with mycorhizal fungi and under cropping Nature abhors bare soil. Bare soil is constantly losing soil carbon and the fertility associated with it. A garden bed with a full canopy of plant growth is actively increasing the fertility and life of the soil that comprises it. A cover crop, or “green […]

Bring the natives home

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Raising backyard native bee species is a plus-they sting less and pollinate more Creating habitat for native bees is one of the most fun and magical things I have done with my kids. These critters can be kept right by your door. Their close proximity makes it easy for kids to keep a curious eye […]

Waterwise gardening

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Tips on plant selection and irrigation from the lead horticulturist of the Water Conservation Garden at Red Butte Garden There has never been a better time to start using less water in your landscape! As the population of the valley grows, water use rates and prices are sure to increase. If you install a low-water […]

 
 
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