Plant & Gardening Trends

Creek Side Pollinator Plant List

Researchers have identified that perennial flowers tend to be far more attractive to bees than annuals. Many different types of perennials are good for bees, from showy flowers to herbs. Herb gardens are an excellent resource for bees because they flower over a long period of time, and herbs grow fairly large and produce lots of flowers. Consider adding pollinator plants in the garden that... Read More

Fun Facts About Honeybees

Honeybees have been in existence for over 30 million years. Honeybees are the only insect that produces food eaten by humans. Honeybees are the only creatures that do not have to kill or maim to live. Eight (8) fl oz of honey takes 570 honeybees, visiting 1,000,000 flowers! Each honeybee produces 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime It requires eight pounds of nectar to... Read More

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. The hard work of plant selection and planting for the season is finished.  The lawn is growing.  Perennial flower beds are filling in.  Vegetable gardens are just beginning to grow.  And what happens?  The weeds set in.  Now is the perfect time to... Read More

Creek Side Plants Galore!

Summer is here and the time is right….to visit the Creek Side Courtyard of Annual flowers, the Perennial Pathway of Perennial flowers, the Woodland Walk featuring shrubs and trees and the Frontyard of Roses!  Beautiful, colorful Grown Fresh flowers and soothing greens all around.  Just imagine what your patio and landscape will look like? Hanging Baskets & Container Gardens Our Annual Hanging Baskets love the warm temperatures... 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 vegetable gardening truly means.... Read More

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

Cool Season Gardening

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

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

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

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