Plant & Gardening Trends

How to Read a Seed Packet

From our friends at CSU Denver Extension Horticulture: If you can read and follow instructions, you can grow a garden. Most seed packets have all the information a gardener needs to plant and grow whatever seeds are hidden inside. Whether you want to plant flowers, herbs, fruits or vegetables, let the seed packet be your guide. Instead of falling for the picture on the front... Read More

Pepper Seed Sowing

Now’s the time to start thinking about sowing peppers indoors! Creek Side Gardens features a great selection of pepper seed varieties from Botanical Interests, our local seed supplier.  Whether you like the heat or like them sweet, peppers are a kitchen staple. Temperature is crucial for starting peppers. Pepper seeds germinate much faster if the soil/media is kept at 70°-90°F. At cooler temperatures, they can... Read More

What’s Happening at Creek Side?

It’s been a quiet break at Creek Side Gardens the past few weeks.  The Green Team is taking it easy, resting up from a terrific 2017 season and re-charging the batteries for the upcoming fun ahead in 2018!  But beneath the quiet is the gentle rumbling of springtime planning, supply deliveries, greenhouse maintenance and a little crop work.  Plus, somebody must be here every day... Read More

Late Fall Garden Tips

Just as our fall landscapes were changing colors and looking beautiful, an early frost and winter snap saw an abrupt end to that beauty.  Golden yellow leaves on honeylocusts and cottonwoods, bright red leaves on maples and purple ash turned brown.  And trees that had not started turning color dried up green.  There are a few late coloring trees like oaks looking very nice right... Read More

Get Ready for Frost & Planting Bulbs

Average fall frost date for Colorado is Oct. 10.  Looks like Mother Nature may be a couple of days early this year, but like the fall weather, right on schedule. Last week we discussed bringing in cold temperature sensitive plants.  Better get them in this weekend.  More Info Here.  Flowering pots and hanging baskets could be moved into the garage for a few nights.  If... Read More

More August Garden Tips

Pat yourself on the back.  We made it through the 95-degree days of July.  Then we made it through the rainy monsoon days of August.  Now it is warming up again during the day, but the nights are cooling off.  Don’t give up on your flowers because there is a lot of beautiful flowering weather ahead! When temperatures are now 85-90 degrees again, still check... Read More

Timely August Garden Tips

Number one August assignment is to sit back, relax and enjoy your summer garden in all its glory!  Invite friends and neighbors over to show off and celebrate all your hard work! If you can’t sit back and relax…there is plenty to do…. Consider seeding a fall crop of lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, beets, peas etc. Basil and cilantro may also be sown now as... Read More

Benefits of Lavender

Celebrate the versatility of lavender by using this plant to its fullest. The benefits of lavender start in the garden, as a wonderful Colorado perennial garden plant.  But you can enjoy lavender benefits indoors, too. Lavender offers many uses in the home, from scenting linens, to seasoning foods, to creating a luxurious bath. Lavender is an herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the... Read More

Tomatoes & Hot Weather Tips

How are your tomatoes growing? Now is the time to apply Fertilome Tomato & Pepper Set to help promote flowering, increase blossom set and increase fruit yield.  It is a natural plant hormone that provides Biological Grow Power when applied to flowers and adjacent foliage. Problems with Blossom End Rot?  The dark grey, black-sunken area on the blossom end of tomatoes.  Keep the soil moisture... Read More

Mid Summer Garden Tips

Japanese beetles are here!  They can be very damaging to plants.  Adults feed on leaves, buds and flowers of many common garden and landscape plants.  On leaves feeding is usually restricted to the softer tissues between the larger leaf veins, which results in a characteristic feeding pattern known and described as ‘skeletonizing’.  More generalized ragged feeding occurs on softer tissues, notably flower petals; rose flowers... Read More