Garden Tour: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

You know that song “Sisters” from White Christmas? You know… “Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters…” This has become the theme song for my sisters and me. I’m the second of five kids, and four of us are sisters. My brother is smack dab in the middle. And he loves it. Right, Nate? Continue reading

Botany Basics: Bulbs, Tubers, Rhizomes, and Corms

We are well in to autumn now and everywhere you look (in the gardening universe, anyway) you can find information on which bulbs to plant now for a colorful spring. But have you ever wondered, what exactly is a bulb?

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Botany Basics: Pumpkin, Squash, or Gourd

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin-y; and not just in baked goods, though those are delicious. Porches, store-fronts, and even parks are all decorated with pumpkins, squash, and gourds at this time of year. And it begs the question: what is a pumpkin and how is it different from a squash or gourd? (Or maybe only I wonder about these things?)

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Pesto Cream Cheese Spread

If, like me, your basil plant(s) performed well this year, and are still going strong thanks to the still-warm temperatures, I’ve got a quick and easy recipe you need to try.

Thanks to my friend Alyssa for sharing the deliciousness with me.

Pesto Cream Cheese Spread

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, coarsely chopped (I actually used sliced almonds since that’s what I had on hand, and I’m generally too cheap to shell out the big bucks for pine nuts)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or pressed)
  • pinch of salt

Process all ingredients in a food processor until well blended. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Enjoy on all your toasts for the rest of the season.

photo of pesto cream cheese spread on seeded bread

What’s your favorite way to use basil?

Garden Chores: Removing the Weeds

When people find out that I have a MS degree in weed science they usually end up asking me if I can come take care of the weeds in their yard. I usually tell them probably not, but that I can tell them which weeds they have – which is half the battle. Weed identification has been a major part of my job – first as the weed biology and management lab instructor, and then as a presenter at the annual Utah Weed Control Association and Utah Weed Supervisors Association annual meetings.

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