Gardening in the Treasure Valley, What Works Best?


Are you new to the area or just new to gardening, here are some helpful tips to make sure your garden is successful and healthy?

Idaho is not known for its large amount of precipitation as we only receive approximately twelve inches per year. It is important to conserve by utilizing soaker hoses, irrigation, and sprinklers systems in order to water in order to not water when we receive those rare rainstorms. By using mulch mixed with the organic materials you will be able to keep in the moisture to the soil, in addition, it will help stump the growth of the weeds. By avoiding such things as splashing or sprinkling moisture onto the plant foliage, you can avoid several plant diseases. You want to water your plant's first thing in the morning in order for the leaves to dry prior to the cooling off of the evening.

You will find that Idaho soil is a type of soil called alkaline, therefore you will want to refrain from placing fireplace ashes, along with lime on top of it. As an alternative, you will want to have the soil absorb organic matter and as much as possible. One thing to remember is the organic matter is going to last longer within the soil if the macroscopic and microscopic creatures are able to pull the matter from its surface into the roots. The pH balance will be lowered by the organic matter and will hold in the moisture, as well as the nutrients that are in the sandy soil or break up the claylike soil.

You want to refrain from controlling the destructive insects prior to making the decision: Is the damage happening by the destructive insects more than it can be tolerated? If it turns out that the damage from the insects is intolerable, you will want to learn everything possible about the insect causing the damage and then get a pesticide and apply it at the proper time in order to control it. Meaning does the pesticide kill or hurt the insect immediately, or will the pesticide lie there and wait for said insect and then kill the beneficial insects too? Remember that many insects are there for a reason and serve a beneficial purpose in order to control some of the destructive insects. That is when there is enough of the beneficial insects to consume the destructive insects or to lay their own eggs.

Located in some areas is a subsurface hardpan; there are two separate types. The part of the land north of the Boise River is clay, land on the south side is normally calcium carbonate concrete, which is called caliche. You will want to find out the depth of the hardpan by either asking your neighbors who garden or by finding it yourself. No matter how you find out, you will need to know what to do if you have to plant a plant that has straight tapering roots. If you are planting this type of resource, you will want to make sure to break the hardpan if it happens to be less than two feet down, prior to planting.

There are areas in which have naturally warmer weather and others that are sheltered. You may want to others in the area who are familiar with growing plants that are frost tender or experience with plants that damage easily due to the winds.

Fertilizer rules are important to follow, you want to remember a little goes a long way. Read the ingredients of your fertilizer to ensure it will enrich the soil and will help with productivity.

In regards to the control for your plants, you want to consider the household’s health or the ones that are going to be utilizing the food from your garden. You want to use a substance that has the least amount of toxin. This is only in the case you have to use a controlled substance to get rid of the insects or any kind of disease. Many times, a drop of water will make the insects fall and they will die prior to taking the long way back up.

If you immediately get an itch or see a bump on your skin from brushing the plant(s) in your garden, you will want to get out of the exposure of the sun as the sun will make the allergic reaction worse.

Love flowers? Well we have them galore in way of dandelions, it is easier to fall in love with them then to try to get rid of them. You will find them blooming early in the season, feeding those early riser bees, as well as bringing the deep-lying nutrients up to the surface. When mowing the lawn, you can mow three inches high in order to prevent weeds from growing.

When setting up your garden for the season, you may want to refrain from tilling the soil. The tilling of garden soil will rip the soil apart from the fungi that contains mycorrhizae, along with colonies of microscopic creatures. In addition, it kills the earthworms, as well as macroscopic creatures. If there is any way to avoid walking on your soil, which compacts it you will want to. You may want to consider laying down boards or a knee mat to walk or kneel on to prevent the compacting of the soil.

Several plants will wilt due to the heat, if you notice this take a mental note and re-check the plants again in the morning. If they are still that way in the morning, then you will want to water them.

Last but not least enjoy the garden you have created. You'll find it healthful exercise to take care of a garden as well as being excellent for your health.

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