Plant & Gardening Trends

July Garden Tips

Hot Weather Tips When temperatures are over 90 degrees, check flowers twice daily for water, in the morning and again in the evening.  Some pots/beds may require additional water applications to fight the heat. Don’t get caught over-watering when temps cool down again. Flowers that may be struggling in the heat should be moved to a protected location to take off the stress.  When it... Read More

Organic Vegetable Gardening

When we think of eating healthy, what may come to mind, is the thought of eating organic produce or fresh home-grown organically grown vegetables.  Mainly because we may prefer to know where our food comes from and that it has not been sprayed with chemicals.   But this notion of organic gardening does not fully encompass the full scope of what organic gardening really means. Organic... Read More

Planting for Pollinators Brings Benefits

While planning your spring 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. If you’re adding plants with pollinators in... Read More

The Longest Flowering Perennials

A well-designed garden provides interest from early spring through late autumn, and beyond if you also select plants for winter structure. But, for the main growing season, much of that interest comes from flowering and foliage plants. Gardeners who want a lower maintenance landscape would be wise to look for perennial plants that are both easy-to-grow and offer a long blooming period. Most perennial plants flower... Read More

Raised Bed Garden Plans

Are you planning to build and/or install a raised bed? Raised beds can go anywhere that gets six to eight hours of sunlight a day. And they can be any size you like.  This article is mainly about the standard rectangular raised beds that are generally built from untreated wood or concrete blocks, as well as what you might want to think about when preparing a raised... Read More

Colorado Garden Soil Improvement

A little understanding of our weather conditions and working in our dry, 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 (there... Read More

Challenges for New to Colorado Gardeners

Gardening in Colorado can be challenging. Hot and Dry Due to the high elevation, sunlight is frequently of high intensity and the humidity generally is low. This will require more frequent water applications to your lawn, landscape and flower pots. Poor Soils Most population centers are on heavy clay soil. These soils have poor aeration that limits root growth.  The best solution is to improve... Read More

Houseplants for Apartments

What the Best Houseplants for Apartments have in Common Apartment plants are relatively low-maintenance, meaning they don’t require much care beyond watering and fertilizer. Houseplants for apartments are very forgiving and bounce back quickly if you forget to water them. Indoor plants for small apartments don’t drop leaves everywhere and make a mess. Apartment plants are hardy and long-lived. Houseplants for small spaces are fairly... Read More

The Best Herbs for Growing in a Container

There are many benefits to growing herbs in containers. Having access to fresh herbs near the kitchen is the obvious benefit. In addition, different herbs have different moisture needs and growing them in pots is an easy way to control soil moisture.  Successful herb growing in containers is easiest outdoors, but can be successful indoors with bright light conditions as well. Basil Basil is the go-to herb in... Read More

Microgreens and Baby Greens

Microgreens and Baby Greens are trending everywhere from cooking shows and magazines to fancy restaurants and food trucks. But here’s a secret – you can grow them right in your home!  February is a great time to grow these nutritious greens indoors and are a nutrient-packed way to get your “green Fix” in winter.  All you’ll need is a bright window or grow light, warm... Read More