How Does Your Garden Grow? Local Planting/Harvesting Resources

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City of Trees, Garden City—with monikers like that, it’s no surprise that Boise is home to an increasing number of community gardens, CSAs, and a bevy of professional growers.

baby tomatoes in palm

But thanks to the area’s nutrient-rich clay soil (along with a little extra composting and care, of course), even home-based gardeners can successfully grow produce in their own backyards/plots.

It’s not too late to get started, either. End of May/early June is a great time to transplant tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, tomatillos, ground cherries, melons, squash, cucumbers, and flowers, since the danger of frost has passed. It’s also the ideal opportunity to direct seed corn, beans squash, and flowers. (See the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s 2015 Best Planting Dates Calendar for Boise.)

Once you’ve selected your desired plants, it’s helpful to create a garden plan. The Old Farmer’s Almanac website offers an online garden planner (or a handy app for iOs devices) to help you map out where everything should go to best optimize your available space.

Next, it’s time to get planting. Here is a list of local resources for seeds, plant starts, and places to go for general advice on planting and cultivation:

plants in a bag

The farmer’s market can be a great place to find plant starts.

However, despite having access to the resources above, you may feel your thumb is less than green. Or if you lack space, time, or are too intimidated to plant and cultivate your own garden, consider volunteering at (or donating to) a local community garden. Many also offer CSA programs. There are many local growers who would welcome the support (find a comprehensive list here or view a full list of refugee gardens), but these are some of our favorites:

Jordan Street Garden Boise

Founded in 2009, the Jordan Street Garden is an urban refugee garden bridging cultural barriers in North Boise.

Want to get the kids involved? Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) affords students ages 6 to 15 the opportunity to learn the ABCs of growing and cultivation—all in an organic garden setting, in the kitchen, or at the farm stand.


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Crave Cave

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Man Cave vs Woman Cave

Creating your dream home – or at least a small slice of it, involves creating your own personal space. Whether you’re staking claims on a room in a new home or carving out space in your existing home, neither man caves nor woman caves should be forgotten.

What’s in a cave? Stock it with everything you may crave for some quality YOU time and call that special space yours. More importantly (or at least humorously)what’s the difference between his and hers? Our house provides a first-hand glimpse into the answer.

Man Cave Vs Woman. . . what? Alcove? Craft room? Nook? Ladies – we need a name for our space! My newly transformed space has been dubbed the “wine deck” by a few close friends. Our home also comes complete with a man cave (garage and work shop). Here’s a comparison of the two:

Man Cave

Beverages – Whether you’d choose a bar or kegerator, sir, I’d bet beer is the most common spirit in this joint. We have a tapped full-size fridge, topped with frosty mugs in the freezer.

Entertainment – Music, carpentry and games (ping pong table, pool, Rock Band and the occasional Chinese star throwing).

Work bench – For pretending to work while hanging out with the boys, or tricking the boys into helping work while pretending just to hang out and drink beer.

Power – For power tools, music TV and any neon bar light decorations.

No power required – Pulley systems, wheels and possible peg boards help keep the organization rolling.

Fuel – Gasoline for the many contents that run on gas.

Decorations – Beer signs, poster, college or sports paraphernalia or clean lines/modern metal/Scandinavia Today style. Anything cool or anything deemed “not cool” by your female counterpart. Weaponry welcome. Seating likely on bar stools or anywhere really (atop the work bench, on the cooler, whatever).

Function – Before fashion.

Not found here – Chick flicks. You may visit her “wine deck” for that one.

Woman Cave

Beverages – Top choices may include wine rack, mini fridge for beers or Champaign and sparkling water.

Entertainment – Conversation, good decorations and snacks.

Work bench – not really. A craft table for hobbies might work here.

Power – For mood lighting, music and waterscapes

No power required – For candles.

Fuel – Good friends, good times.

Decorations – Match. Tactile textures are considered. Comfortable/community seating is a must. A table is in top contention. Practicality is optional (but likely unforgettable).

Fashion – And function. With a few sprinkles of “just because” or “couldn’t resist.”

Not found here – Calendars containing scantily dressed women – you may step over to the garage/workshop for that one.

Whatever kind of cave you might crave, you may not need a new home to find it! I just revitalized some unused space in our home for mine. That said, if you are ready to move onward and upward to your dream home, let me know and I’ll help you sell the one you have and find the perfect alcove to call your own.


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