Friday, October 29, 2010
It’s the time of year to curl up by the fire, great book in hand, a glass of your favorite wine by your side. It’s also time to ask yourself “Where’s my firewood from?” Did you move your firewood from another state or another area of the state? Many agricultural and natural resources professionals believe that the movement of firewood is probably the biggest threat to our tree populations. So many people burn wood and so many people move wood without thinking. Many states have prohibitions against moving firewood from one county to another and federal regulations prohibit moving any ash logs out of quarantined areas. (Colorado does not have a prohibition.)
Our most recent tree tragedy directly related to firewood movement is thousand cankers disease that has devastated much of our black walnut population. In 2010, the disease swept east to black walnuts in North Park Hill and Washington Park and south to Harvey Park affecting at least twenty neighborhoods. It has devastated many walnuts in Jefferson County.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I am a big fan of growing herbs, and love the scent of lavender but found many of the products made with Lavender very pricey. So my next step was to find a Lavender plant well suited for our climate that would provide my own harvest of Lavender each year.
Lavender is a native of the Mediterranean region but the good news is that you will find some types very easy to grow here in Colorado. It is a semi-woody perennial shrub plant, so once it is established, will return year after year to produce the wonderfully fragrant blossoms.
Pruning encourages Lavender to have continual and healthy growth and to keep blossoms producing throughout the season. The plants also are attractive to bees which is a great side benefit because as we all know, bees are so important with any landscape and garden.
Here are a couple of great publications that will help you choose the best variety of Lavender for your garden and what growing conditions that will produce the most favorable results: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07245.pdf and http://www.ext.colostate.edu/ptlk/1015.html.
Hope you try this wonderful herbal shrub and enjoy the results!
Monday, October 25, 2010
|Hosta with Slug Damage|
Beer and slugs is a partnership that gardeners have been promoting for ages. For some amazing reason, put out beer and slugs will come calling. Once they fall into the beer they won’t get back out - an effective and simple means to control what can be a very frustrating garden pest.
|Beer in Lamium|
Saturday, October 23, 2010
This time of year, you can find many of the Farmer’s Markets and farm stores roasting chili peppers. The fragrance of these peppers is irresistible.
Chili Peppers are fairly easy to grow. They are a member of the nightshade family, which includes tomatoes and eggplant, so some of the same growing conditions as well as the diseases for that family apply. I found good luck in growing peppers in containers – it not only helps contain the plant but the pots generally can give additional warmth to the roots that peppers like.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
|Patti Explains Seed Saving|
The gathering was at Kendrick Lake Park, near Kipling and Jewell, in Lakewood. (This park is known for its innovative xeric garden and has been featured in previous blog postings.) The program began with Patti O'Neal of Jeffco Extension's horticulture staff talking about seeds, including the importance of efforts around the world to collect and preserve seeds. She offered tips to help home gardeners collect and store their favorite varieties of vegetables and flowers.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Ask gardeners who have Firethorn in their gardens and you’ll get a wide range of opinions as to its usefulness. The biggest complaint has to do with it’s ½ - ¾” long thorns, hence the common name Firethorn. This is a plant that you want to put in a place where it can grow to its full potential without much pruning. Depending on the cultivar, it can range from 3’-10’+ ft height and spread. It is not advised to shear it and pruning should only be done occasionally to maintain its natural beautiful shape. Believe me, the less you have to prune this the more your arms will thank you. The one exception to this is that Firethorn makes a beautiful espalier! Due to its thorns you would want to avoid putting it right next to sidewalks or other traffic areas unless you want to keep people and animals out of a certain area. Great to keep those pesky neighbor kids from short-cutting across your garden!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I have a good friend who recently said “I am sick of the garden – I just want it to be over.” If this is you, then when frost threatens, by all means do a final harvest of the tenders and call it done. If it’s not you, there are many measures you can take to protect your crops from a killing frost incident, as more times than not, such an incident is followed here by an Indian Summer and at least another month of flower and vegetable enjoyment and harvest.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
CSU Jefferson County Extension is accepting applications now for the 2011 Master Gardener class. If you are interested in joining a group of totally engaged citizen gardeners or just interested in taking your gardening education to new levels, this would be a great opportunity for you. There are two options. You can go through the interview application process to become a volunteer master gardener or you can pay the tuition and enjoy the class with no further commitment to volunteer and receive a Colorado Gardening Certificate upon completion. Either way, the classes, taught by CSU faculty, begin in January and run through April on Thursdays. Volunteer master gardeners educate the public on various areas of gardening such as community gardens, small space vegetable garden production, waterwise landscaping and weed control and lawn problems to name a few. We do this by teaching community gardeners right in their gardens, meeting people at farmers markets or being available by phone to answer questions. It’s exciting and challenging work. If you would like more information, please contact the Jeffco Extension Office at 303-271-6620 for assistance or an application. The deadline for volunteer applications is Friday, October 15. We will accept certificate applications on a first come first served basis through November until the class fills.
Posted by Carollee at 8:08 AM
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Top 10 Rookie Gardening Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them) - Planet Green
Thursday, October 7, 2010
|Raspberry canes 2 days after the July 21, 2009 tornado|
Over the past week the raspberry canes have been going nuts. It’s very heartening to see because last year the canes were stripped and damaged by the weather even that shall not be named. They didn’t look any better in the Spring.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
As the summer days wane, some of our annual flowers will be fading as well. While it is hard to see garden favorites like petunias leave for the season, we still have time to enjoy some wonderful flowers that bloom at this time of year through October.
Friday, October 1, 2010
It's October! Ready or not, 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.