Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Are You Ready For a Salsa Show-Down?

This is your special invitation to the . . .         
                  Salsa Show-Down
  Thursday, August 18 5-6 p
Farmer’s Market at USU Botanical Center tent on 50 West
                                DEADLINE to sign-up:  By August 11th
              E-mail: or call 801-399-8081
We know you are a great Master Gardener, but are you a Master Salsa Maker as well?  Come show off your salsa making skills at the 2nd Annual Salsa Show-Down.

Those who have already signed up include Kris (our intern), Jake (works at the USU Botanical Center), and Barney Barnett (from Willard Bay Gardens) Come participate, and we promise you good company and an extra special community event.

To sign up call or e-mail Dori now!   Tomatoes will be provided; all you need to bring is the rest of your secret ingredients to make a gallon of fresh salsa on-site at the Farmer’s Market.   Prizes worth “dollars” will be awarded, so join us for a ton of fun at the Salsa Show-Down! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hosta Garden Tours & Garlic Braiding Workshop

{Update:  Sorry I put the wrong date.  These events happened in July, not in August. Sorry.}
For all those interested here are some upcoming Master Gardener Activities on August July 30th.  There is the Utah Hosta Society Garden tour in Utah, Salt Lake and Davis county.  For more information click here.
Also, Sandhill Organic Garlic Farm in Eden is having a free Garlic Braiding Workshop at 4pm on August July 30th. 

Limited class size so call Marsha at 801-745-8584 or Pete at 801-866-3620 to make a reservation or get more information.
The workshop is free butparticipants pay for garlic used.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Perennial Garden

Yesterday we planted a new perennial flowerbed at the gardens.  The bed  is located along the walkway and can be seen by all those that use the trail.  We planted about 600 perennials yesterday in 2 1/2 hours. 
Thanks to all the wonderful Master Gardeners who came out and helped us planted this massive bed in world record time!  We have the best Master Gardeners in the world!  Thank you, thank you! 
It looks spectacular and will be a great addition to our gardens.  A Ogden Botanical Gardens sign will be placed in this bed soon!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July Gardening Tips

  • Apply nitrogen to potatoes and sweet corn in the garden, as needed.
  • Harvest vegetables early in the morning or in the cool of the evening.
  • Plant short-season vegetables such as peas, carrots and radishes (70 days or less) where space is available after harvesting.

  • Apply a second cover spray in July to control codling moths in apple and pear trees.  Check updates at
  • Water turfgrass with 1/1 2 to 2 inches of water per week in July and August.  Avoid over-watering to satisfy one or two brown patches.

  • Measure the amount of water the sprinklers are providing the lawn.  *For information on performing a water audit go to:
  • Mow turfgrass 2 ½ to 3 inches long to prevent stress and help with weed control.

  • Watch for grub damage in turfgrass, and apply a curative registered insecticide, if necessary.
  • Feed roses with an all-purpose fertilizer.

  • Apply borer control to the lower 1 foot of the base of stone fruit trees (peaches, plums, apricots). Go to for more information about peach borer control.
  • Pre-register for the Budding Workshop held July 16, 9-10:30 am USUBC Greenhouse by going to http://asapconnect.