For tickets and other information http://www.hopehavenevents.com/momsconference2017.html
Some upcoming events:
(More details for the events on my calendar)
- Composting class, Wednesday, October 11, 7 p.m., Bountiful Jr High School, $10/person, register at the door.
- Wild Herb Walk, Utah County, Utah, Saturday, October 14, 1-4 p.m., location TBA to those who register. Limited spots available. Information and Registration: Eventbrite
- If you can’t make the herb walk check periodically on my website calendar for future herb walks or schedule your own.
- Enter to Win two tickets to The Mom’s Conference, Saturday, November 11, Logan, Utah. Two winners will each win two tickets. One entry per person. Entries accepted until Thursday, October 12, 9 p.m. MT. I will be teaching at the conference about how to grow your own herbs plus herb plants, my books, and gardening supplies will be available for purchase.
Wild Herb Card Decks are now available! 31 cards per deck, waterproof, tear resistant. See more about them.
KLO Garden show for the next three Saturdays: September 16, September 23, and September 30. Listen in or call in to 1430 AM from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Can’t make it? Check replays on SoundCloud.
Thursday, September 14, Freedom’s Light, Bountiful City Park, Free Event. Visit our Apothecary style booth and see and purchase our books and my new Wild Herb Card Deck (Deck available on Thursday only).
Saturday, September 23, Rose Park Preparedness Fair, Salt Lake City, Utah. Free admission, classes, information.
Monday, September 25, Not Confirmed, Disaster and Simulation and Preparedness Forum, Orem, Utah
Saturday afternoon in October, Wild Herb Walk in South Utah County. 14 spaces available. $25/person and bring a friend for free.
For more information or updates on above events see my events page.
Herb Walk this Saturday, September 2, Bountiful, Utah area, 9 a.m. – noon
Those who give a firm R.S.V.P. will receive exact directions.
Learn how to identify, eat, and use wild plants.
Please bring a camera, something to take notes, bottled water, insect repellent, sunscreen and/or sunhat.
This is an easy walk and we will be stopping frequently to look at and discuss plants.
People of any age are welcome as long as they are willing to listen.
Check my event calendar for other upcoming events including classes, radio, and expos.
Help your plants beat the heat
Hot temperatures can be difficult for plants as well as for us. Sometimes even plants that like heat don’t do well with excessive or sudden heat.
So, what can you do to help your plants survive during the hottest parts of the year?
1. Proper watering. There is a tendency to water plants every day when the weather is hot. Plants may need watered more frequently or for longer but most plants will not need watered every day. Plants in hanging baskets or pots may be an exception. Even lawns do not need watering every day. It is said that more plants are killed by over watering than anything else. Wilting is not always a sign that plants need water. How to check for watering needs? In a few places stick your finger into the ground up to the first knuckle. Is the soil damp? Most plants can tolerate the soil getting almost dry before watering but will not tolerate wet soil. If you cannot stick your finger into the ground stick a screwdriver in. Some areas or some containers may need watered more frequently than others. Water in the cool of the morning or, if that is not possible the cool of the evening. Water at soil level whenever possible.
2. Give it some shade. Some plants prefer some shade especially when weather is hot. Lettuce, spinach, arugula, and cilantro flower and set seed when temperatures are hot. Plant them where they are getting some shade by the time the weather gets hot or when you are planting a second crop, or see number 4 below. Shade cloth can also be used to protect plants at least temporarily. Tomatoes drop blossoms when the weather is hot so providing some shade for a time may help to get a continual harvest. In addition to shade cloth a light weight bed sheet, a large umbrella, or large pieces of cardboard placed properly may also be used. Planting next to or under taller plants when possible can also help. Remove shade protection when no longer needed.
3. Plant in the conditions preferred by the plant. If it is a shade plant, plant it in shade. If it is part shade planting where it will only get morning sun would fulfill that need. Even if it prefers full sun there may be times when some shade would help such as tomatoes (see #2)
4. Plant at the season preferred by the plant. Leafy plants such as arugula, spinach, lettuce, and cilantro prefer the cooler temperatures of spring and fall. It might be best to only plant them spring and fall and not bother to grow them in the heat of summer.
5. Liquid seaweed is said to help plants with drought tolerance. I spray it on the leaves and water with it at a concentration of 1 T. per gallon of water. Do not spray in the heat of the day. Seaweed is also said to help with disease resistance and frost tolerance plus it provides some macro and micro plant nutrients.
6. Mulch – but what kind? Mulch is what is on top of the ground and can help with weed suppression, keeping the ground cool, and to help keep the soil moist. Compost, wood chips, bark, or straw will feed your soil although other than the compost they will need to break down first. Avoid dark colored mulches, rock, and gravel which will all hold more heat.
7. If you live in a windy areas install a windbreak to prevent the winds from drying out your plants.
8. Keep your lawn mowed to no shorter than 2 ½”. See more lawn care ideas.
See also Growing Food With Water Restrictions
Provo, Utah – Preparedness Expo this Saturday, June 17, 10 am – 7pm.
Stop by my booth and say “Hi”. I’ll have my books on wild edible and medicinal plants and herb growing plus some wonderful gardening gloves.
Free admission A ticket enters you into the drawings. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/provo-preparedness-outdoor-fest-tickets-33584776972
Wild Herb Walks are now on the schedule for this season along with classes including Wild Edible Plants.
The walks included Saturday, May 13 and Saturday, May 27.
If you do not see a walk for the area you want to visit or on dates that work for you please contact me about setting one up or with suggestions. Also, check back for added dates.
Saturday, May 6, I’ll be a guest on Joy & John in Your Garden, 8-10 am, KLO 1430 AM, Salt Lake City, Utah in case you want to listen in or call in with questions 1-866-627-1430. http://www.kloradio.com/2016/03/11/joy-in-your-garden/ For other upcoming events including classes http://gardeninspire.com/events/
Several more events have been added to my calendar including a class tomorrow night (April 12) in Bountiful, Utah, classes at Wheeler Farm, and classes at expos. Check my event calendar or event list for updates and information. There will be more events added in the future. If you know of an event I might be interested in or you would like to schedule me for your event please let me know.
Several classes have been scheduled so far this season with more to come. Herb walks will also be added to the schedule. Check frequently for scheduled additions.
The next class will be this coming Tuesday in Centerville, Utah.
Please check the calendar for information and to pre register for this and other classes.