Enriching Your Life

Build A Bug Hotel to Help the Pollinators

Many gardeners have heard that honeybees are in trouble. The best thing gardeners can do is to plant lots of pollinator plants in hopes of helping them. Native bees are also struggling, and many are much better pollinators than the non-native European honeybee. Here’s an easy project for gardeners of all ages and a great one for kids that will teach them about the importance... Read More

What Fruits Ripen after Picking

It is helpful to know which fruits will continue to ripen after they are harvested and sitting on your kitchen counter or in the fridge.  And which fruits do not continue to ripen after harvest. Mature versus Ripe One super helpful tip as a home fruit grower is to understand the importance of maturity as a plant milestone. Mature does not mean ripe. Maturity means... Read More

Horticultural Therapy

Spring is coming!  Its arrival gives us a sense of renewal- time to get outdoors.  All of us have an intuitive appreciation for the outdoors.  Researchers increasingly point to the physical and psychological necessity of connecting our human well being with nature and the outdoors. One of the more meaningful ways to get up close and personal with nature, while remaining near the home front,... Read More

Flowers Sweeten Up When They Sense Bees Buzzing

By Jason Daley An excerpt from SMITHSONIAN.COM JANUARY 18, 2019 A new study suggests the plants are listening, and some flowers even sweeten up their nectar when they sense a pollinator approaching. Plants have withstood the test of time, so they must react to such a crucial sensory tool as well, right? This question is the essentially the basis of Tel Aviv University evolutionary theoretician... Read More

Common Gardening Terms

Provided by our friends at Botanical Interests – Creek Side Gardens exclusive supplier of premium quality flower and vegetable seeds.   Botanical Interests ANNUALS Varieties that complete their life cycle in one year or less, requiring sowing every year. Annual flower varieties often bloom profusely and over a long period of time. BIENNIALS Varieties, both flowers and vegetables, that complete their life cycle in two years,... Read More

A Few of my Favorite Things

This is a familiar lyric heard on the radio during the Christmas season made popular by Julie Andrews.  In the movie, Sound of Music she sings to the Captain’s frightened children to calm them down during a storm.  Music indeed soothes the soul. Another favorite this time of the year are Christmas stories shared.  They connect one generation to the next. Many have themes including... Read More

The Unbroken Circle

Let’s take stroll down memory lane, a very long stroll. Approximately 2400 years ago, the Salii (Etruscans) of Southern Europe adorned themselves with corona sutilis. This special item was constructed of flowers, more specifically roses, and formed into an elegant chaplet to be worn at a festival events. The ancient Romans wore them to denote power and pride. The Greeks, wore this as token of... Read More

A Thanksgiving Dream

Sometimes the simplest most heartfelt messages are shared in childhood.  These memories are kept safely away in the recesses of our mind. It takes a child (or a children’s movie) to be reminded of a song and a prayer for those we love. In this case the 1987 movie, An American Tail, is a story of two mice, Fievel and Tanya. When Fievel gets lost... Read More

A Slice of Life

As the holiday season approaches, one is reminded of a  time of gathering with friends and family. You may be young or ‘older,’  travel near or far, but memories of home return. Edgar A. Guest stated, “So at last I think we always come to see that the hometown, whether it be a great city or humble one, takes its place in the mind and... Read More

Composting Guide for Colorado

With all the leaf raking going on, now may be a good time to consider building a compost pile.  Use all those dry leaves and turn them into black gold for your garden beds.  However, this process will not happen by itself.  It requires the right ingredients, blended together in the right balance for this scientific process to take place.  And it will require your... Read More