Plant & Gardening Trends

Vegetable Garden Planning

Vegetables can be demanding plants. Whereas ‘weeds’ can scratch a living anywhere, vegetables require attention. Most need fertile soil, protection from wind, regular watering, and some help to defend themselves against pests. You cannot simply dig a hole in the ground, plant your veg, and expect it to thrive.  A little planning before planting your vegetable garden will go a long way in helping to... Read More

4 Steps to Lawn Care – All Year Long

Spring is the time to get your lawn ready for another season. Creek Side Gardens promotes the Fertilome® – 4-Step Lawn Care Program with the premise that regular fertilization, along with aeration, good mowing and watering practices, is key to maintaining a strong, healthy lawn. A healthy lawn is more resistant to weeds and disease problems.     Step 1 – For All Seasons II –... Read More

Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors offers an opportunity to exercise your green thumb before the warm spring weather rolls around.  If you have particular vegetable or flower varieties you love, but do not find them at the nursery, consider looking for seed and starting them yourself.  Now is the time of the year to plan that out. Starting seeds indoors now also extends your gardening season, allowing... 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 throughout the year. Poor Soils Most population centers are on heavy clay soil. These soils have poor aeration that limits root growth.  The best solution... Read More

Colorado Soils, Amendments and Fertilizer

Summary at the Top Improve your garden soil for better plant root growth by adding Organic Matter Use Natures Yield Organic Compost 1-2″ deep tilled or spaded into a depth of 6-8″.  Or incorporate compost into soil at planting time – hole by hole/ plant by plant. Use Natures Yield Outdoor Planters Mix for planting in raised beds or large outdoor containers.  Annuals, perennials, vegetables... Read More

Early Spring Garden Clean Up

March is an excellent time to get started on garden cleanup projects.  With a little warmer weather, we are anxious to get in the garden and breath in the fresh spring air.  But it is too early for planting.  So, plan on cleanup projects this month and get them out of the way.  Then when the weather really warms up in April, Creek Side Grown... Read More

Easy Annuals to Plant this Spring

Old-fashioned annual flowers like nasturtiums and zinnias have made a huge comeback in gardens and containers. Because of an increased interest in supporting pollinators and butterflies, the popularity of cut flowers, and because they’re beautiful and easy to grow, this group of annual flowers are gaining in popularity.  Not to mention, growing flowers from seed is a great budget choice as well! Quick Growing from... Read More

Perennials, Shrubs, Trees

In the last newsletter, we reviewed perennial garden planning.  This week, perennial plants, shrubs and trees that bring Color to your Life in your landscape! Big 6″ Perennial Pots Creek Side’s Grown Fresh™ perennial selection continues to expand.  Now offering over 350 varieties of perennials that have been selected specifically for success in our Rocky Mountain growing environment.  Creek Side began planting our larger 6”... Read More

Perennial Garden Planning

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

Plan Your Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardening is one of the most popular pastimes in the home garden.  If you have never grown a tomato plant or sown some lettuce seeds in the spring, you are missing out on one of the most gratifying aspects of gardening.  Grow it yourself, harvest the fruits of your labors and serve the bounty to your family.  How satisfying! Vegetables can be demanding plants.... Read More