Expect the Best!

Now you may be thinking this article has something to do with a certain football team and a hugely popular television event on February 7th, and you would be partially correct! It is about one’s perspective when faced with what could be defined as a monumental, life changing task. Expect the best, not the worst. The negativity of self-doubt and thinking the worst doesn’t allow for wholeheartedness. When you... Read More

Spring Planning

Spring Planning for Creek Side Gardens begins the previous summer.  We begin with a little evaluation of the season.  What worked well and what needs improvement.  We begin thinking about the adjustments we need to make so that everything is just a little closer to perfect.  And since summer is prime time for growing, this is our best opportunity to take a good look at... Read More

Gardener’s Lament

I pinched, pruned, planted, Mulched, manured and mowed; Dug, dressed, divided, Harvested and hoed. Thinned, trimmed, transplanted, Sprayed, sowed and staked; Wheeled, watered, weeded, Rototilled and raked. Loosened, limed and layered, Gardening by the book; But one thing I neglected- I forgot to look! -Bonita Laettner Ms. Laettner’s poem is an excellent 2016 pre-garden check list! As the gardening catalogs start filling your mailbox or inbox, and... Read More

Time in a Bottle

An old year has come gone and we look upon a new year and all the “white spaces-of time” in 2016 to be filled in the calendar. UrbanDictionary.com defines ‘Time in a Bottle,’ as the most valuable thing or something we can never have or even that moment you wish you could have back and live in forever. We might get sentimental and misty-eyed when we hear the lyrics;... Read More

More Winter Preparation

Although the greenhouses have now been closed down for the winter season, there is still a lot of early season activity going on as we prepare for spring.  The houseplants and early spring plants that we planted in House 1 have been moved over to the Glasshouse since the poinsettias and holiday gift plants are all gone.  That way there is only one house to... Read More

Out With the Old in With the New

“The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing better than they have ever done before.” -Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962)English Writer A Late December Check List: – It’s not too late to take your Christmas Tree to a – community drop off! Mulch will be made from the discards and used in... Read More

Is the Holiday Break Over…Yet?

This could be the rally cry in your home, parents and kids alike! The anticipation and perspiration of Christmas Day has worn off and “the blahs” are settling in. It’s time to get creative. Here are a few low cost or no cost ideas to liven up the day: Celebrate non-traditional holidays. A fun resource is the free “Hoops and YoYo”download calendars on the Hallmark... Read More

All American Egg Nog

Eggnog, or egg nog is a chilled, sweetened dairy-based beverage traditionally made with milk and/or cream, sugar, whipped eggs (which gives it a frothy texture) and spirits such as brandy, rum or bourbon. The finished serving is often garnished with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon or nutmeg. Eggnog is often provided to guests in a large punch bowl, from which cups of eggnog are ladled. Eggnog is traditionally consumed throughout Canada and the United States from American... Read More

Winter Watering in Colorado

Dry air, low precipitation, little soil moisture, and fluctuating temperatures are characteristics of fall and winter in many areas of Colorado. Often there is little or no snow cover to provide soil moisture from October through March. Trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns under these conditions may be damaged if they do not receive supplemental water. The result of long, dry periods during fall and winter is... Read More

Holiday Potpourri

The wonderful aromas of Christmas are in the air and to keep the holiday smells fresh is to add a little bit of humidity to our dry, indoor environment during the Colorado winter. The following DIY recipe will do both! Make an extra batch (uncooked) to share or freeze the recipe ingredients and pull out at a moment’s notice. Ingredients • 3 cinnamon sticks (3″-6″ long) • 2... Read More