Overwintering Container Plants

Every plant which has been placed in a container, such as trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals are subject to the Colorado winter which includes the damaging freeze/thaw cycle, drying winds, and extreme cold temperatures. The above ground exposure for these type of plantings is more extreme than if they had been planted in the ground. Your containers need extra protection to ensure root and crown survival.  Annuals will die... Read More

Fall Planting Bulbs

In the fall, we plant bulbs for spring.  Seems strange but it is the cold of winter that they need for optimum color and growth.   Tulips and Daffodils fall into the ‘bulb’ category.  Fall planting bulbs grow in layers (like an onion), and are the most common.  There are also other types (that aren’t even bulbs). Corms – Do not grow in layers.  The old one... Read More

Harvest Celebrations

September…traditionally the time of the year to celebrate the harvest. Food festivals, County Fairs, canning and preserving workshops, farmer’s markets over-flowing with the Earth’s bounty a perfect time to try a new recipe! Coloradans anxiously await the annual harvest of Hatch Green Chilis from New Mexico. Road side “roasters” have set up their wares ready to prepare this southwestern gastronomic delight. The village of Hatch, New Mexico and the... Read More

Lawn Fertilization Time!

This is the best time of year to thicken your lawn and root it down. Reduce frequency of watering as the weather cools off, but water deeply. It is important to fertilize your lawn this Fall if you haven’t recently and Mid-September is the time to apply the first application of Fall fertilizer before the ground freezes. The direct benefits of Fall fertilization are; it... Read More

What’s Growing On at Creek Side Gardens?

What a beautiful time of the year!  The color’s, the smells, the fresh feel of fall in the air!  Fall arrives next Wednesday Sept. 23.  Let’s celebrate the change of seasons with some fresh ideas! Garlic bulbs just arrived!  Now is the time to plant garlic.  Brand-new, garden designed blends of dutch bulbs make it easy to create areas of bright spring color.  Come in... Read More

A Look at the September Almanac

  An Almanac is a publication containing astronomical and meteorological data for a given year (ie: “Poor Richard’s Alamanac,” circulation since 1792), and often includes an arrangement of miscellany and other information each month of a year. Some faction and some fiction make these calendar accountings an interesting read. Be ready for impromptu conversation starters with these dates on the September calendar: 3rd – 19... Read More

Spring 2016 Begins Now!

Fall bulb planting is an easy way to jump-start the spring gardening season. At most elevations, the best time to plant bulbs is mid-September to late October, so bulbs can establish roots before the soil freezes.  It’s advisable to purchase bulbs in early September for best selection and variety. Choose bulbs that are large and free from disease or decay. To ensure higher quality, pick out bulbs... Read More

Grown Fresh Fall Color Annuals & Perennials in the Courtyard

Although summer annuals are winding down, perennials are looking fabulous and can be planted throughout the month of August & September.  The soil is warm from the summer sun and this will help them to become established quickly before cooler weather sets in.  Right now the late-season bloomers are full of bright summertime color.  Think about Echinacea Prairie Cone Flower, Rudbeckia Brown-Eyed Susan, Gaillardia Blanket Flower, Aster... Read More

Late Summer Flowers

We’ve still got summer going big time, but beginning to take a small step toward fall.  Creek Side has got you covered either way.  Big beautiful Rudbeckia and Flowering Kale are looking great and ready to go.  That means that pansies and mums can’t be too far behind.  Right now though, zinnias, pentas and cuphea are looking good, not to mention a fresh crop of... Read More

How long does home canned food last? 

According to the National Center for Home Preservation… Properly canned food stored in a cool, dry place will retain optimum eating quality for at least 1 year. Canned food stored in a warm place near hot pipes, a range, a furnace, or in indirect sunlight may lose some of its eating quality in a few weeks or months, depending on the temperature. Dampness may corrode cans... Read More