Basil (Ocimum basilicum) with its rich, dark green leaves, redolent of anise and clove, is the most popular commercial culinary herb in America. Whether incorporated into pesto, paired with tomatoes and mozzarella or added to your favorite Italian dish, basil is a kitchen and garden staple. Along with its culinary popularity, what makes it so valuable to nurseries is its preference for a tropical climate. Even in warmer climates, it is a tender perennial. In local gardens, it is grown as a tender annual which provides nurseries repeat sales every spring.
KETCHUM — The Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s 14th annual Bug Zoo will be held from April 21 through May 3 at the garden, 11 Gimlet Road, four miles south of Ketchum.
Last year a neighbor asked me how she could get rid of fungus. She told me that she was digging in her garden and noticed that the roots of some plants were covered with white fungus. I told her to leave the fungus alone. This advice sounds crazy to gardeners who simply want to protect their plants from predators. They know that most diseases attacking plants are fungal. What they often don’t know is that fungi do far more good than harm.
TWIN FALLS — When it comes to greater sage grouse management, grazing often has a bad rap. But the two greatest threats to the iconic bird’s survival are wildfire and invasive species, and grazing can help reduce both hazards.
Rock Creek Ranch embraces 10,400 acres in a series of succulent meadows surrounded by miles upon miles of quality range land below the shadow of the Smoky Mountains in Blaine County.
Elk to be captured as part of brucellosis study in Wyoming
TWIN FALLS — Bullfrogs have fascinated Steve Rivas since he was 6 years old.
Take a drive down any street in the Magic Valley and you are bound to see a dying or sick tree. Quite a few concerned residents have contacted me and even brought me large branches. The species I see in…
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SEATTLE — A marine net pen holding 305,000 farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed recently, releasing thousands of fish into Puget Sound and renewing concerns that a new proposed salmon farm could harm wild salmon stock and cause other environmental damage.