Build A Bug Hotel to Help the Pollinators

Many gardeners have heard that honeybees are in trouble. The best thing gardeners can do is to plant lots of pollinator plants in hopes of helping them. Native bees are also struggling, and many are much better pollinators than the non-native European honeybee. Here’s an easy project for gardeners of all ages and a great one for kids that will teach them about the importance... Read More

Creek Side Grand Re-Opening

As you know, If the days are getting longer, there is planting happening at Creek Side.  This week we started planting the large Container Gardens and Hanging Baskets you love to see each spring.  See Lois and Kathy in the photo getting down and dirty following the new recipes with some cool new twists for this season.  Stop by in the next several weeks and... Read More

Microgreens and Baby Greens

Microgreens and Baby Greens are trending everywhere from cooking shows and magazines to fancy restaurants and food trucks. But here’s a secret – you can grow them right in your home!  February is a great time to grow these nutritious greens indoors and are a nutrient-packed way to get your “green Fix” in winter.  All you’ll need is a bright window or grow light, warm... Read More

What Fruits Ripen after Picking

It is helpful to know which fruits will continue to ripen after they are harvested and sitting on your kitchen counter or in the fridge.  And which fruits do not continue to ripen after harvest. Mature versus Ripe One super helpful tip as a home fruit grower is to understand the importance of maturity as a plant milestone. Mature does not mean ripe. Maturity means... Read More

More Planting at Creek Side

During the last two weeks we’ve planted over 10,000 pots of Grown Fresh™ perennials that will begin to bloom and be ready to plant in your garden and landscape beginning mid-April.  Over 350 different varieties selected by our professional staff to grow and perform well in our hot, dry Colorado growing climate. Because we select every variety grown, not only can you expect our plants... Read More

New Veggies and Herbs

Last year, home vegetable gardeners loved Creek Sides new Burpee vegetable plant program!  Many of you are familiar with Burpee, a company that has faithfully served home vegetable gardeners for the last 143 years.  So for 2019, Creek Side is expanding the Burpee variety selection to include many new varieties, in addition to many of the tried and true varieties you love!  All our herbs... Read More

Horticultural Therapy

Spring is coming!  Its arrival gives us a sense of renewal- time to get outdoors.  All of us have an intuitive appreciation for the outdoors.  Researchers increasingly point to the physical and psychological necessity of connecting our human well being with nature and the outdoors. One of the more meaningful ways to get up close and personal with nature, while remaining near the home front,... Read More

Greenhouse Planting and ProGreen

The longer days of February herald the first real sign that spring is on the way!  Your Community Greenhouse staff of gardening professionals are busy preparing for what will certainly be another great gardening experience. Planting in the greenhouse began this week with a couple of hundred geranium and fuchsia hanging baskets.  The perennials will be planted the next two weeks.  Then the planting for... Read More

Perennials, Shrubs, Trees

Last week we reviewed plans and preparation for Creek Side’s Grown Fresh™ big, beautiful annual flower Hanging Baskets and Container Gardens.  Annual flowers are the most colorful flowers that will bloom all summer around your home and in the landscape.  This week, more options that bring Color to your Life! Creek Side’s Grown Fresh™ perennial selection continues to expand, now offering over 350 varieties of... Read More

Flowers Sweeten Up When They Sense Bees Buzzing

By Jason Daley An excerpt from SMITHSONIAN.COM JANUARY 18, 2019 A new study suggests the plants are listening, and some flowers even sweeten up their nectar when they sense a pollinator approaching. Plants have withstood the test of time, so they must react to such a crucial sensory tool as well, right? This question is the essentially the basis of Tel Aviv University evolutionary theoretician... Read More