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Earlier we posted a few questions to ask to help you determine the plants you’ll be growing and where you’ll be setting up your urban garden. Now let’s get you going.

  1. Pick your plants. Besides the questions we mentioned earlier (link), you should pick plants that you eat and that might even save you money at the market. Herbs are easier, so it might be best to start with growing your own herbs like parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and mint. Sprouts grow well in small spaces, so you might want some alfalfa, lentils, or garbanzo beans. If you’re limited to hanging space, you might want to try stemmed veggies like tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers in those hanging pots.
  2. Pick your containers. Terracotta pots, five-gallon buckets, and wooden boxes all make excellent containers. Just make sure they have holes for drainage, aren’t translucent (sunlight’s bad for the roots), and are big enough for the plants.
  3. Prepare your soil. Pick up some well-draining potting soil at your local gardening supply store, like D&B Supply. Shallow-rooted plants like lettuce, spinach, radishes, and most herbs only need about six or eight inches or soil, whereas deeper-rooted plants like tomatoes and squash need about 12 inches. And if you start composting along with your garden, you can have a regular stash of nutrient-rich soil for your garden!
  4. Plant your plants. Don’t forget to water and prune regularly.

Now that you’re all set up, sit back and watch your plants grow! For more info, check out the urban gardening section of the Western Idaho Fair, August 21-30, 2015!

It is with disappointment that Western Idaho Fair announces the cancellation of the Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo 35th Anniversary Tour Show scheduled for Friday, August 28. The show has been cancelled due to medical reasons. Western Idaho Fair is currently working to secure a replacement act for Friday, August 28.

Western Idaho Fair’s concerts are free with gate admission. All other concerts will proceed as normally planned:

  • Tuesday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. – Jerrod Niemann
  • Wednesday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. – Theory of a Deadman
  • Thursday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. – Gary Allan

Nutritious and delicious, this year’s Crop of the Year at the Western Idaho Fair is the mighty grape! Grapes are unique in that they are a treat for kids and a treat for adults, since they can be used to make delicious Idaho wines. Here are some more fun facts about grapes:

  • Grapes are one of the oldest cultivated fruits. Fossil evidence suggests that people began cultivating them in what is now northern Iran around 6,000 B.C.
  • About 1,200 acres of table grapes are grown in the state of Idaho, the most common of which is the seedless red Alborz grape.
  • The average person eats approximately 8 lbs of grapes per year!
  • There are more than 8,000 varieties of grapes around the world.
  • 10% of the world’s grapes are grown in the United States.
  • Resveratol, a natural chemical found in grape skins, has been found to fight liver and colon cancers, and is also believed to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Idaho’s rapidly growing wine country boasts over 1,600 acres of grapes, 51 vineyards, and produce over 180,000 12-bottle cases of wine per year.

…and a quick grape recipe, for those looking to make a nutritious sweet treat or a perfect potluck dish.

Creamy Grape Salad
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 pounds seedless red grapes
2 pounds seedless green grapes
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons chopped pecans

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla until blended. Add grapes and toss to coat.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans just before serving. Yield: 21-24 servings.

Courtesy of Taste of Home Magazine, online at tasteofhome.com.

We’re excited to celebrate the grape with you at the Western Idaho Fair this year.

If you’re looking for family-friendly all-day entertainment, the Fair is one of this summer’s cheapest thrills. For just the price of admission ($6 for adults and $3 for children in advance through August 20), the Fair delivers this summer’s greatest acts. Here’s the lineup:

Concerts:

  • Jerrod Niemann, Gary Allan, Theory of a Deadman, and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on the Grandstand Stage, all free with gate admission.
  • Country musician Chad Bushnell, just one of many grounds acts during the Fair.

Live entertainment:

  • Sea lion encounters – That’s right—for nine days, Idaho’s got sea lions!
  • BMX Pros Trick Team – Check out the sweet tricks at the BMX show.
  • Kachunga Alligators – Ever watch a guy wrestle an alligator? You should.
  • Circus Imagination – Your kids will have a blast being a circus performer for an afternoon.
  • Sword swallower Dan Meyer – Live on the edge for an hour or two.
  • Wild West performer Loop Rawlins – It’s a gun-spinning, whip-cracking good time!
  • Kids pedal tractor pull – Cute overload has nothing on this.
  • Comic magician Jared Sherlock – Amazing and bewildering!
  • Biggest Little Cowboys improv show – These guys will have you and your kids laughing all afternoon.
  • Meet the Animals – This is your shot to feed an alpaca, so don’t miss it!
  • Hypnotist Michael Mezmer – You will watch the hypnotist, you will watch the hypnotist…
  • Juggler Jeremy Shafer – Look out for him juggling all around the grounds.
  • Divas Gone Country interactive show – Come hear some of your favorite hits and have a good laugh at the Divas Gone Country show.

So stretch that dollar for an entire day’s worth of family-friendly entertainment at the Western Idaho Fair this August.