Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Summer Garden Prep: From Sun Valley Magazine

Summer Garden Prep

Hard Work Now = Summer Fun Later

Sun Valley Magazine

May 27, 2014 - 09:57 AM
Summer Garden Prep
Summer has definitely started in the Wood River Valley. My trees are blooming, my perennials are budding and dandelions are blowing wildly through the neighborhood. Sunny weekends are a great time to get your yard and gardens in shape for months of enjoyment. Here are a few chores to get your garden ready and make your yard beautiful.


The smell of MiracleGro makes me think fondly of my childhood, but I would never dare use anything blue on any plants at my house. For a really long time I didn’t fertilize my flowers at all, because our vegetable gardens are spaced around our house. A couple of years ago I discovered Bloom Kaboom (available at Webb Nursery and Sun Valley Garden Center) and changed my tune. It’s basically a natural compost tea that you dilute and water your plants with.
A two-week wild rose bloom turned into a three-month bloom; a two-bloom peony turned into a 10-bloom peony. I normally do a round of fertilizing in May and then again in June to ensure maximum blooms. It is safe to fertilize your annuals again in July, August, and even a warm September to keep things happy until fall.


Small Western Bark (available at all local garden centers) is something I always splurge on. As my flowerbeds have expanded over the last six years in my house, it gets more expensive every year, but besides aesthetics, mulch keeps the ground moist and the weeds down. Mulch will slowly break down and add more nutrients to the soil. I always wait until all of my plants are up before I lay mulch down so I don’t smother them.
Summer garden prep tips from Morgan Buckert!Summer garden prep tips from Morgan Buckert!


When we set up our sprinklers for spring, we check for any leaks (there are always new leaks) and replace any pipes or heads. Maintaining your sprinkler system reduces water waste and keeps the water pressure up for all those hard to reach corners of the yard. We set up our sprinklers for 30 minutes at 10:00 p.m. every other day. Watering at night and for long periods of time conserves water and reduces the frequency of watering. We have been participants of Trout Friendly Lawns since it’s inception. They can provide you with more information on water conservation and help you set up conservative watering.


Summer garden prep tips from Morgan Buckert!Years of summer sun and winter cold can really wear on your patio furniture. I store my furniture in a shed over the winter. When I take it out in the spring, I clean it all off with a hose, then I wax all of my metal furniture. It sounds ridiculous, but the wax keeps the furniture clean and protects the color. I just use Turtle Wax or any other car wax—it reminds me of washing the car as a kid. I normally hit up my cruiser bike while I’m at it (then I look good cruising to work or the store).


Perennials are amazing. They are an investment, but over time they will expand and can be split or moved. It’s great to trade your extra plants or establish new beds with additional plants. Iris and daisies are some of the most prolific perennials—they are great to fill-in some empty spaces. Check with a local nursery for the correct time and method to split your perennials. Last year I put in a new shady perennial bed with Hosta, Lily of the Valley and Bleeding Heart, which is looking great after a little Bloom Kaboom. This year, I’m going small and have just bought some Astilbe to fill-in a few spots and add color to my front flowerbed. It’s difficult to pass up a new peony, though.


The best part of spring gardening is planning, purchasing and planting all of my annual containers. I make a list of all the containers I need to fill, explore Pinterest for new ideas and start the shopping! An important thing to consider when planning is any parties you might be having throughout the summer and fall. A few years ago my house was on the Hailey Garden Tour, so I wanted my flowers to be at their best in July and planned accordingly. Last year I got married in September so I planned some fall colored accent plants and replaced my summer flowers with fall mums, pansies and kale. It saved some money planning in advance and looked great. The world is your oyster when you’re planning your annuals—go crazy!
Summer garden prep tips from Morgan Buckert!


This is a whole different can of worms. Our vegetable gardens are almost an acre, require a whole year of planning and provide us with food for most of the year. The most important thing about planting vegetable gardens in the Wood River Valley is that our last frost date is May 28. We plant June 1, but in the last few years we have had frosts until late June in Hailey. Watch the weather and your plants will thrive.
You can buy the heirloom vegetable plants straight from our garden at all three Wood River Valley Webb Nursery locations! Look for vegetables labled Crazy Guy Tomatoes or check out our Facebook page.
Now it’s time to sit, have a cocktail, and enjoy all the hard work!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer on Silver Creek

SALAD DAYS - Silver Creek from BLOODKNOTS on Vimeo.

This is a great little video fishing on Silver Creek--it gets it just right.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Silver Creek Photos

Last week we went out with Christine Olsen, our photographer for the big day.  It was a beautiful day on Silver Creek and she did a great job Photoshopping out my HUGE mosquito welts.  Worth it.  Here are some of our photos.

A dumb pic, but when we travel we always take an explorer shot in honor of our mutual favorite explorer, John C. Fremont.  No, we're not nerds.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Yellowstone Angler Wader Shoot-Out

The last few weeks have been IN-SANE!  I am the new fly-fishing buyer for Sturtos Hailey, which Jeff Davis bought from Sturtevants.  We are so excited for Jeff and expanding our fly-fishing and especially fly-tying materials. 

I'm shopping around getting ready for IFTD and found Yellowstone Angler's Wader Shootout.  Yellowstone Angler, definitely one of the best fly shops I've ever been to, provides some of the only honest gear reviews since Fish and Fly went out of print.  These guys are extensive, and I'm glad to say that my wader was the top-ranked wader, Simm's G3 Guide Wader.  Check out the full report here.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Casting for Recovery is Less than Two Weeks Away

You all know about Casting for Recovery, but it really is an amazing organization.  I never expected it to make such a big difference for the attendees, or for me.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cake as Art

This is a great video I poached from Etsy.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Anglers Spend $22 Million in Blaine County in 2011

Fishing brings millions to county
Report: Anglers spent $22 million in 2011

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Express Staff Writer

Idaho Mountain Express

A fly fisherman tests his skills on the Big Wood River south of Hailey. Express file photo
    A study released by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game last week shows that fishing brought the state more than $548 million in 2011—the most recent data available.

    The agency’s summary states that the agency conducted a mail survey, sending out 59,200 surveys to Idaho fishing license holders in 2011. Nearly 26,000 anglers returned responses, which the agency compiled into a study. 

    The study separated out counties as well as fishing spots, but State Fishery Manager Jeff Dillon said in an email that more specific numbers—i.e., those for certain fishing spots—might be “influenced” by small sample sizes. 

    “For example, the mean trip cost on Silver Creek was $426 in 2011, compared to $246 in 2003,” he said. “This increase is probably related to one or two anglers who told us they spent thousands of dollars to fish there, skewing the average up more than expected.” 

    Dillon also noted that 2011 was a “wet year,” with nearly-full reservoirs and high rivers. 

    In Blaine County, anglers spent an average of $233 per trip, and the average trip lasted 1.9 days. However, anglers took about 98,527 trips in Blaine County in 2011, bringing total spending to just under $23 million—not including the cost of fishing licenses and permits, which brought an additional $430,438 to the county.

    The report states that anglers spent the most money fishing the Big Wood River, at $9.9 million in 2011. Though anglers made fewer trips to the Big Wood River than they did to Magic Reservoir—25,539 trips as opposed to 41,820—anglers visiting the Big Wood spent far more on restaurants, groceries, fishing supplies, transportation, guides and motels than those visiting Magic. Magic Reservoir anglers spent about $4.5 million in 2011.

    Silver Creek brought an estimated $5.2 million to the Blaine County economy in 2011, while Little Wood Reservoir and Gaver Lagoon, the fishing pond at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery outside of Picabo, brought in $952,000 and $398,000 respectively.

    Spending by anglers in Blaine County ranked ninth in the state. Statewide, anglers spent $548.4 million on fishing trips and an additional $15 million on fishing licenses and permits. Anglers made 2,772,547 trips in 2011 and spent an average of $197.78 per trip.  

    Spending related to the Big Wood River averaged $391 per trip in 2011; angler spending in Blaine County was an average of $233 per trip, well above the state average.