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Common Yard Calls

One of my favorite parts of being a University of Wyoming Extension Educator is going on yard calls. Residents from around the county will call the office and ask questions about things that are giving them fits in their landscape: yellow patches in...


Picking the right wildflower

Wildflowers can be a great addition to a landscape. The cottage look is just what many gardeners are seeking. Additionally, when we hear wildflowers, we tend to think about flowers that are easy to grow, require little maintenance, and maybe even...

 By Abby Perry    News    August 31, 2016

Weather variability

As a University of Wyoming Extension Educator, I enjoy the opportunity to travel throughout our state during every season of the year. We have beautiful, wide-open space; albeit some of it appears desolate. However, the space itself is filled with... Full story

 By Abby Perry    Opinion    July 6, 2016

Giving insects a closer look

A couple years ago my husband enrolled in some entomology classes at the University of Wyoming. He would come home and say things such as, “All these years we’ve been calling ladybugs by the wrong name; they were actually ladybird beetles,” and... Full story


Hand-Pulling Weeds: Effective or more work?

The ground is thawing, birds are chirping, and gardeners are hittin’ the flower beds. Little green guys push through the dirt surface; some are keepers and some have to go, but how? Is pulling unwanted weeds really the way to go, or will pulling... Full story


Spring Fever

It is that time of year when the teasing begins. It’s 60 degrees one day and 20 degrees the next. Wyoming weather tends to taunt us this time of year, trying to convince us backyard BBQs and flourishing gardens are just around the corner. We get an... Full story


Taking note

Keeping records enables land owners to answer all kinds of questions about their operation. Without records noting choices made, when they’re made, how much they cost and so forth, operators are unable to determine if what they are doing is... Full story


Getting your Greenery Winter-Ready

This time of year the air is beginning to cool and pumpkin spice flavoring is hitting the shelves. It’s time to think about how to give your yard and garden the care they need to get through the winter months. It is important to water trees and...


Mama Sage

Sagebrush ecosystems make up a vast portion of lands in the arid mountain west; the cold desert. To passersby the land may look devoid of life, dry, and lacking productivity. In reality, sagebrush provide lodging and food to small and big game...


Harvesting the Bounty

After all the spring rain, the sun has finally decided to shine and garden plants are flourishing. Now it’s time to start thinking about how to harvest those garden fruits, vegetables, and herbs. There are four main preservation methods to...

 By Abby Perry    Opinion    July 22, 2015

2015: International Year of Soils

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils with specific objectives to raise awareness of the importance of soil for human life and interactions, promote and support sustainable ecosystem practices and promote soil mon...

 By Abby Perry    Lifestyles    June 24, 2015

Weeds: A concern for everyone

Weeds are simply undesirable plants. Anyone who manages land (home owners, gardeners, ranchers, farmers) deals with weeds. A weed might be a poisonous plant you do not want in your pasture because of livestock grazing, or it could be something like...

 By Abby Perry    Opinion    June 3, 2015

Growing with the Season

Gardening and harvesting can be therapeutic and rewarding. Gardeners often enjoy the satisfaction of growing the fruits and vegetables they eat. However growing anything successfully in Wyoming can be challenging. Aside from fierce wind and the dry...


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