Composting Guide for Colorado

With all the leaf raking going on, now may be a good time to consider building a compost pile.  Use all those dry leaves and turn them into black gold for your garden beds.  This process requires the right ingredients, blended together in the proper balance for this natural process to take place.  It will require some of your time and attention to make sure... Read More

Late Fall Garden Tips

Our fall landscapes are changing colors and looking beautiful.  Eventually a frost and winter snap will bring an abrupt end to all that autumn beauty.  Golden yellow leaves on honeylocusts and cottonwoods, bright red leaves on maples and autumn purple ash will turn brown.  Any trees that had not started turning color yet will dry up green.  There are a few late coloring trees like... Read More

Rolling Through the Seasons

Many customers ask, ‘when do you close for the season?’ and are often surprised to learn that we are open until December 23rd.  It’s a little quiet after the Pumpkin Patch closes down but Creek Side Gardens keeps rolling through the seasons! Holiday Gifts & Decor Just before Halloween, the gift shop will be redecorated for the upcoming holiday season.  The Green Team elves come... Read More

Fall & Winter Garden & Landscape Tips

Lawns Hand rake lawns to remove leaves and encourage air movement in roots. Top dress with uneven spots with top soil and/or peat moss. Reseed bare spots. Aerate lawn with a minimum of 2” plugs (not too dry). Leave plugs on top of lawn. Apply Fertilome Winterizer 1 lb. of high nitrogen fertilizer per 1,000 sq ft. of turf. Water in well. Planting Beds Remove... Read More

Outside Plants – Inside

If you can’t bear to part with your outside plants, there is hope!  The plants listed below will not survive outside during Colorado’s winter weather.  But with a little care, can be nurtured inside and then place back outside next year: Begonia, Bougainvilla, Citrus, Coleus, Ficus, Gardenia, Geranium, Hibiscus, Impatiens, Mandevilla, Passion Flower, Pentas, Rosemary Location Many gardeners know that heartbreaking feeling that comes with... Read More

Creek Side Gardens Fall Garden Tips

Fall is for Planting! Perfect time to plant trees, shrubs, perennials, vegetables. Soil is warm until early November to help grow new roots. Get a head start for next season. Take advantage of sale prices from suppliers. Find the right plant for the right location – sun or shade, tall or short, early-mid-late season etc. Plant fall bulbs – tulips, daffodils, hycacinths, crocus Plant trees... Read More

Welcome to Fall (Officially)!

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins galore!!   The Creek Side Courtyard is full of pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and colors!  Colors!?  Yes, pumpkins are available in a variety colors now thanks to our rich farming heritage and more widely requested heirloom varieties.  Rouge Vif d’Etampes or Cinderella Orange, Queensland Blue, Cotton Candy White, Long Island Cheese, Tan and Jarrahdale Green, not to mention our popular Warted varieties... Read More

Fall Bulb Planting

Selection The earlier bulbs and corms are purchased in the fall, the better the selection. Select the largest bulbs of a variety, because there is a direct correlation between bulb and flower size. Generally, a gardener selects the site before purchasing bulbs. This site usually is conspicuously located to show the flowers off to their best advantage. If the bulbs will remain in this location... Read More

Holly’s Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Soup

Holly’s Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Soup 1 ½ sticks of butter 3-4 tbsp flour 1 package of frozen “soup” veggies (onions, carrots, celery) 3-4 potatoes (peeled & cubed) 3 cups chicken broth 4 cups water 2 cups cheddar cheese (mild or sharp) I use sharp 1 ½ cups grated parmesan cheese. ½ block Velvetta cheese – cut into cubes 1 bottle of beer (depending on your... Read More

Fall Decorating Fun!

Our days are warm and bright, but the nights are cooling off to create that inescapable feeling that we are ready to move on to the fall season.  Football is all around, vacation is over, kids are back in school and the rich earthy color tones of the fall season are creeping in. Perennial Flowers Who can resist the contentment that bright gold Black-Eyed Susan’s... Read More