Monday, March 30, 2015

A Pulse in the Garden by Rebecca Anderson

Photo by Rebecca Anderson
I was reading an article recently about changes in the global human diet. While this is a topic for volumes of blog articles, there was one specific word that kept catching my eye. Pulse. "Many cultures have traditionally relied on pulse-based diets."  "World-wide consumption of pulses have declined in recent decades."  I'm accustomed to using the word pulse in relation to the cardiovascular system, but I wasn't sure about its botanical definition. That led to a little research.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fermentation by Cathy Jo Clawson

My seed catalogues have arrived and my husband is amazed at the amount of time I can spend turning pages, reading and rereading vegetable descriptions, and comparing vegetable characteristics. In all the daydreaming, I notice this about myself: when I see the word "cucumber", I read the word "pickle". 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rethink Your Colorado Bluegrass Lawn by Donna Duffy

Across Jefferson County, bluegrass lawns are just starting to green up. This is a good time to think about changes you’d like to make in your lawn this year. There are at least three options to consider:
1.    Leave it pretty much as is
2.    Renovate it
3.    Remove some lawn for vegetable or flower plantings

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Rejuvenation (“to make young again”) Pruning by Audrey Stokes

Pruning photo Cyrus McCrimmon, Denver Post

This article is an excerpt from the CMG Garden Notes publication Pruning Flowering Shrubs and is re-printed here because of the extreme timeliness of the information – early spring is the time for rejuvenation pruning!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Watch Your Lawn for Snow Mold by Mary Small

We have had  snow in the Front Range urban areas this winter, and snow mold might be a problem, especially in areas where snow is very slow to melt.  If you see evidence of it in your lawn, here's what to do.

Snow mold is a fungal disease that develops when snow falls on unfrozen turf and remains there for long periods of time. The most severely damaged grass is found adjacent to driveways (where large piles of snow accumulate from shoveling) or where there are snow drifts.  Snow mold fungi thrive in temperatures just above freezing, conveniently provided by the long-lasting snow cover!