Enriching Your Life

Fresh Christmas Tree & Greenery Care

Christmas Tree Care Creek Side’s top-selling Christmas trees, are Noble Fir, Fraser Fir, Nordman Fir and Concolor Fir. To check a tree’s freshness, pull your hand towards you along the branch. Needles should not fall off Creek Side will provide a fresh cut by sawing an inch off the bottom of the trunk before setting in water. When trees are harvested, pitch oozes out and... Read More

How to Get Your Christmas Cactus to Bloom

Christmas cactus is a favorite holiday plant. There are a few specific steps you can take to ensure that you get the best show from your plants. The Latin name for Christmas cactus is Schlumbergera and there a couple of different species that will generally fall into this category.  Zygocactus is another one of the common names in addition to Thanksgiving cactus and Holiday cactus. The parent... Read More

How to Grow Amaryllis Indoors

To grow amaryllis successfully indoors, follow these steps. It is worth it to have a showy display of gorgeous blooms greeting you on an otherwise dreary day. Choosing Your Bulbs There are many different varieties of amaryllis in different colors, fragrances, and flower types. One bulb will grow two stems, which in turn will produce four flowers each. If you want really big flowers,  choose... 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.  This process requires the right ingredients, blended together in the proper balance for this natural process to take place.  It will require some of your time and attention to make sure... Read More

Trends in Houseplants for 2023

At Creek Side Gardens, we pride ourselves on staying up to date with the latest trends in indoor plants.  As the fall season approaches, we’ve noticed a growing interest in certain categories of houseplants that sell consistently here at Creek Side. First, the top 5 (Tried and True) Philodendron Monstera or also known as ‘Swiss Cheese’ plant – Its iconic split leaves and tropical feel... Read More

Pumpkin Pest Control & Preservation

The crisp fall air excites everyone to go out to a pumpkin patch and pick the best one for you and your family.  We bring them home, set them up for display or carving and within days they are being chewed on by squirrels or other pests or a nicely carved face now looks like a melting zombie.  Here are some tips for preserving and... Read More

Holly’s Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Soup

Holly’s Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Soup 1 ½ sticks of butter 3-4 tbsp flour 1 package of frozen “soup” veggies (onions, carrots, celery) 3-4 potatoes (peeled & cubed) 3 cups chicken broth 4 cups water 2 cups cheddar cheese (mild or sharp) I use sharp 1 ½ cups grated parmesan cheese. ½ block Velvetta cheese – cut into cubes 1 bottle of beer (depending on your... Read More

Cover Crops from Seed

Cover crops or “green manures” have gone hand in hand with agricultural practices for a long time.  Cover crops naturally re-enrich soil, protect it from erosion due to rain or wind, improve its texture, and feed soil organisms, which maintain a healthy ecosystem in the soil, breaking down minerals and nutrients that feed plants. As gardeners, our success is directly tied to the soil in... Read More

Late Season Perennial Considerations

The perennial palette is rich with fall colors beginning in August and they really begin showing up all over now!  With just a few additions to your garden, you can be enjoying those rich fall tones as well. The Classic Most everybody is familiar with ‘Goldstrum’ Rudbeckia, the Black-eyed Susan daises.  You will see them all around town now.  Why?  Because they are hardy, dependable,... Read More

Summer Pollinator Gardens

While planning your garden, consider adding native plants and more diversity to make your yard a haven for pollinators and wildlife.  As agriculture has intensified and our populations have grown, a lot of habitat has been lost, so even a pot of flowers on the front porch can make a big difference by supporting hundreds of pollinators. Landscape Considerations Observe your yard for sun patterns... Read More