Plant & Gardening Trends

Vegetable Garden Planning

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A little planning before planting your vegetable garden will go a long way in helping to create a productive and manageable garden space.  Focus your resources on planting only enough of what you would like to eat and enjoy.  Vegetables may be grown in containers as well as in a traditional ground bed.  Follow these tips to success. Sunny Location All vegetables need direct sunshine... Read More

Cool Season Gardening

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Early spring is a wonderful time of the year to begin gardening.  Go with what Mother Nature offers and the types of plants that appreciate the early, Cool Season Gardening conditions in March and April.  Don’t worry about your warm season plants like geraniums and tomatoes until mid-May.  Plant any of the following suggestions for cool weather gardening success. Improve your soil Whether you have... Read More

Cool Season Vegetable Bulbs

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Asparagus crowns Asparagus grows best in deep, well-drained sandy loam soil.  Improve Colorado soils with organic matter like compost to increase drainage.  Make a trench 8“deep, in rows 4’ apart.  The asparagus crowns are then laid in the trench 8-12” apart.  Cover the crowns with 2-3” of soil.  Once the asparagus begins to emerge in the furrow, gradually fill in and cover small weeds.  Eventually... Read More

Perennial Garden Planning

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Site Selection – choose your garden location before designing it. Site selection is the first step in planning a successful perennial garden. Evaluate the location for sun and shade, wind, soil type and irrigation options.  Also consider ease of access, proximity to outdoor living areas, and visibility. Locate the perennial garden so that if possible, it can be accessed from two sides. This makes it... Read More

Colorado Garden Soil

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A little understanding of our weather conditions and working in our drier, sometimes limiting soil properties will help you improve your garden soil and make smart plant choices this gardening season. Soil is a fascinating mixture of microscopic to larger forms of life (earthworms are good), plus varying amounts of air, water, decomposing living matter, aka organic matter, and different-sized soil texture particles or pores... Read More

Garden Clean Up Tips

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Garden & Landscape Clean Up Hints and Tips Lawns Hand rake lawns to remove debris and encourage air movement in roots (usually no need to power de-thatch) Top dress with uneven spots with top soil and/or peat moss. Reseed bare spots. Aerate lawn with a minimum of 2” plugs (not too dry). Leave plugs on top of lawn. Apply pre-emergent herbicide to control crabgrass, dandelions,... Read More

Herb Gardening

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Herbs have long been revered for both their medicinal and culinary value. They may cure colds, help you sleep and add flavor and zest to dinner. Fortunately for home gardeners, herb gardening is relatively easy. They thrive in just about any type of soil, do not require much fertilizer, and are not often bothered by insect or disease pests. Defined as a plant without a... Read More

Houseplant Care

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The “secret” to success with taking care of house plants is to create the same ideal conditions as they would enjoy in their native habitat. Indoor Plant Lighting Wondering what plant to put where? Here’s an indoor plant lighting guide to four categories of light exposure for house plants. Sunny (direct sun) location? Within 2 feet of a south- or southwest-facing window. Window sills flooded... Read More

Microgreens and Sprouts

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Microgreens and sprouts are trending everywhere from cooking shows and magazines to fancy restaurants and food trucks. But here’s the secret—you can grow microgreens and sprouts right in your kitchen for pennies! Microgreens are young, leafy vegetables or herbs that are harvested just above the soil line when the plant is 1–2 inches tall. Microgreens include the first pair of leaves, called cotyledons, and the... Read More

Starting Seeds Indoors

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Starting seeds indoors extends your gardening season, allowing you to grow varieties that require longer growing times because they get a head start indoors and transplant well out of doors. Some varieties are best started outdoors because they have a short enough crop cycle to finish during the season.  Or they may not take to transplanting well out of doors or may better appreciate outdoor... Read More