Our garden has reached the end of summer chaos stage as pumpkins, acorn squash, and gourd vines have run amok in, over, and around the garden pathways. Actually, it is great fun to discover huge pumpkins hiding under oversized leaves and an army of ‘swan’ gourds finding obscure corners over …

Belgrade Bloomers Garden Club held their first Fall meeting on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Belgrade where a round table planning discussion was held to review the activities of this past summer and plan for the coming year

Midsummer means raspberries are ready to harvest and this year brings us a bountiful crop. By early summer I knew this was going to be a good season for my favorite fruit as early blossoms were abundant, making the bees very happy and keeping them exceptionally busy.

Sunflowers make me smile because they are a symbol of optimism and good cheer. Just looking at their happy faces makes me happy.

It is such a joy to grow herbs in our zone 4 Rocky Mountain region because the perennial varieties will appear in our Montana gardens year after year. Sage is one of my favorite herbs and it appeared right on time in mid-June looking quite perky in its designated place in the small herb gard…

As the summer grows on, the gardener may begin to suspect that her (or his) playground may never achieve that “perfect look”. I have decided that Mother Nature never intended her world to be perfect so that the gardener will always have something to do in her (or his) free time.

This gardener no longer provides our local deer herd with their own 24/7 deli which they have been enjoying for far too long. A handsome new sturdy cedar post and heavy wire fence now surrounds our edible garden and fruit tree area. Garden Helper is beside herself with joy at the prospect of…