Plant & Gardening Trends

Improve Soil Health

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. Add Organic Matter Whether you have overly clayey or sandy soil the best way to improve it is to add organic matter (OM) which eventually becomes humus. Humus is the result of decomposed organic... Read More

Perennial Plant Seasonal Selection

A well-designed perennial garden can provide many years of beauty and enjoyment. Careful selection of plant materials and thoughtful planning can result in a full season of color.  The list of possible perennial plants is long. Choose plants for: light and water requirements bloom period flower color height Compile a chart, organizing this information in an easily viewed manner. Bloom times may vary with weather,... Read More

Cool Season Weed Control

Weed/wed/ noun a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants. A plant out of place. Now is the perfect time to nip it in the bud, figuratively and literally.  Work extra hard now to control weeds and life will be a little easier down the road. In the Garden Pre-emergent – Preen Application Tips First remove any existing... Read More

Raised Beds & Small Space Gardens

‘THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX’ – OR RATHER… IN THE BOX. RAISED BEDS  Raised bed gardening, or container gardening is a growing trend.  People are using more and more horse troughs, whiskey barrels or even an old tub to create a raised garden that is fully contained.  This season at Creek Side Gardens we have some raised bed kits that would be a perfect addition to... 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

Cool Weather Gardening – Veggies & Flowers

Growing Potatoes at Home Growing Tips: Seed potatoes aren’t really seeds at all. They are full-size potatoes that are allowed to start producing shoots in the potato eyes. You’ve probably seen this happen when you’ve stored potatoes in the kitchen for too long. Seed potatoes can be planted whole or cut into pieces, with each piece containing an eye or two (or three). Because potatoes... Read More

Colorado Smart Gardening

Colorado is a semi-arid state,  averaging 10”-16” of precipitation per year!  Waterwise landscaping, also known as xeriscaping, is planning and designing your landscape for low water usage, rethinking the use of turf grass and it’s huge water requirements, improving porosity of soil for more efficient water applications, selecting plant material by paying attention to their water requirements, reducing water waste with correct irrigation installations, applying... 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

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

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