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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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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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Apple Butter Muffins

Once again, I found myself with an abundance of apples this fall. But I didn’t get them all at once, so I never felt like I had enough to make applesauce. I made some apple crisp, and some apple pie, ate them plain, and then I got a new bag of apples that I needed to do something with. I decided to do something new (for me) and make apple butter. Continue reading

Discovering Seeds

This post originally appeared on Gardening Know How as an invited guest blog. The version here is the same, with the addition of a couple more photos.

I have long been fascinated by seeds, as my elementary school self with her shoebox full of horse-chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum) can attest. It turns out this fascination served me well when I became a graduate student. As part of my research on different methods to control downy brome (Bromus tectorum), I counted thousands and thousands of downy brome seeds to document the effects of those different methods. If you’ve ever wondered what a plant science graduate student does, you can bet that counting seeds is part of it.

horse chestnut, aesculus hippocastanum

Walking across campus this week, I just couldn’t help but pick up a few horse chestnuts.

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4 Reasons to Love Fall Gardening

Fall is in full swing here in Northern Utah, and we’ve been loving it! From the cooler temps to the colorful leaves to the crisp apples and the blue sky, there’s a lot to love; and fall gardening should be added to that list. If when you think about fall gardening you only think of all the leaves to be raked and garden spaces to be prepped for winter, here’s a list of four reasons why fall gardening is something to be loved.

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