Thursday, October 29, 2020

Happy Halloween by Vicky Spelman

Courtesy Design*Sponge

Have you carved your pumpkins?  If not, here are some fun ideas to try (compliments of Design*Sponge).

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Take care dealing with snow-damaged trees - Colorado State Forest Service


Colorado State Forest Service

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Coloradans who are dealing with broken tree limbs after this past weekend’s snowstorm may be considering actions to protect and repair them.

Vince Urbina, urban and community forestry manager for the Colorado State Forest Service, said that although the first impulse may be to start cutting when a tree is damaged, homeowners should first assess the situation to avoid hurting themselves or further damaging the tree.

Urbina and the CSFS offer the following tips for dealing with snow-damaged trees; these tips were adapted from International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) recommendations:

  • Check for hazards. Before approaching a tree, examine your surroundings to avoid making contact with downed utility lines or standing under broken, hanging branches. Contact your utility company if a tree is affecting power or other utility lines.
  • Contact city officials if necessary. Trees between the street and a city sidewalk may be the responsibility of city crews.
  • Assess the damage. If a tree is healthy overall and still possesses its leader (the main upward branch), most of its major limbs and 50 percent or more of its crown, the chance is good for a complete recovery.
  • Be careful knocking snow off branches. This may cause the branches to break. If you must remove snow, gently push up on branches from below to prevent adding additional stress.
  • Remove broken branches. This minimizes the risk of decay and insects or diseases entering the wound. Prune at the branch collar – the point where a branch joins a larger one – and be mindful of potential pent-up energy if the branch is twisted or bent.
  • Don’t over-prune. With the loss of some branches, a tree may look unbalanced, but most trees quickly grow new foliage that hides bare areas.
  • Don’t try to do it all yourself. If the job requires running a chainsaw overhead, sawing from a ladder or removing large branches or entire trees, contact an insured, certified arborist.

For more information about tree care and protection, visit the Colorado State Forest Service website at, or refer to the Caring for Storm-Damaged Trees quick guide. To find an ISA-certified arborist, visit

                     — Colorado State Forest Service

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Courage Garden Fire by Bernadette Costa


Photo: Courtesy of Jefferson County Sheriff

It was Thursday, October 8, 10:30 a.m. when I heard about the Courage Garden fire.  I am a master gardener at CSU Extension Office of Jefferson County. 

Monday, October 19, 2020

Want to grow some herbs inside this Winter? by Vicky Spelman

Poster by Vicky Spelman

Herbs grown indoors offer many benefits including fragrant foliage, various foliage colors and shapes, and a constant supply of herb leaves for cooking.

Monday, October 12, 2020

2020: My Year as an Apprentice Master Gardener by Nancy Shepard

Nancy Shepard 

Looking back on almost nine months of being in the Colorado Jefferson County Apprentice Master Gardener program, I started reflecting on what a wonderful experience it’s been. First and foremost, I was most amazed with the PEOPLE in this program. All the CMG’s, instructors, coordinators, CSU staff, mentors and other Apprentice Master Gardeners were the most wonderful set of people I have ever met. Besides the incredible knowledge everyone passed along, their helpfulness, humility, kindness and good humor were like no other group I’ve belonged to. And despite the setbacks that came with the COVID outbreak, they rallied to still make this year’s program a first-rate experience.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Is Produce safe to harvest and eat after a frost? By Joyce D’Agostino

Courtesy University of California Ag Department

This year has been challenging for gardeners on many levels. Here in the front range of Colorado, we had two unexpected frosts that happened over two holiday weekends. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Dying, off-color pine needles normal in autumn by Colorado State Forest Service

Courtesy of Colorado State Forest Service

Although thousands of evergreen trees in Colorado’s high country, foothills and communities are beginning to display dying yellow or brown needles, most are simply going through a natural shedding process – they are not being damaged by bark beetles or any specific tree insect or disease. (Courtesy of Colorado State Forest Service) 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Recipe for Bulb Lasagna by Vicky Spelman

Courtesy: NC State Extension

It is planting layers of different bulbs in the same pot, creating a beautiful Spring display with the various bulb types blooming in secession. It will fill like the pot seemingly has perpetual color to welcome in Spring.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020


A plastic roof protects flowers from hail. (Courtesy of Ed Powers)

Congratulations to our Colorado Master Gardener Ed Powers for having one of his articles picked up and published by Dept. Of Ag in their morning newsletter. 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Wildfire Ash Deposits on Garden Produce By Joyce D’Agostino

Those of us who live and garden in the Western United States have found not only the air quality has been impacted by the recent wildfire smoke, but also have found ash has been deposited on the plants, produce and the soil. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Fall Rose Care by Donna Duffy

The arrival of fall brings the realization that winter really will be here soon. Among all of your other fall garden chores, be sure to plan some time to get your roses “tucked in” and ready to brave whatever winter may bring. According to the Denver Rose Society’s publication “Growing Roses in Colorado,” there are five basic steps to remember.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Why Leaves Change Colors and the Autumnal Equinox by Carol King

Photo by Carol King
The Autumnal Equinox in Denver is Tuesday, September 22, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. MDT.  So just what is the equinox? There are two equinoxes every year (September and March) when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. It occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from north to south. This happens either on September 22, 23, or 24 every year.