Saturday, February 27, 2010

True Cost of Colony Collapse Disorder to Beekeepers


Here's an interesting article on the monetary cost of colony collapse disorder to the nation's bee keepers.  It is enormous!


Colony Collapse Disorder - True Cost of Colony Collapse Disorder to Beekeepers -

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Starting Plants Indoors From Seed

 Yes, dear gardener, it is FINALLY time to start thinking about starting your plants from seed.  Here's a great article with lots of good advice for the gardener.


Starting Plants Indoors From Seed : Planet Green

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Prison Gardens a Growing Trend

Nelson Mandela may have started it all when he was in prison—"A garden is one of the few things in prison that one could control," he wrote in his autobiography. "Being a custodian of this patch of earth offered a small taste of freedom."

Prison Gardens a Growing Trend, Feeding Inmates on the Inside and Food Banks on the Outside : Planet Green

Right here in Jefferson County, we have an inmate rose garden that is accredited through the All American Rose Selection!  While it's not vegetables, it is something to be proud of.  It is  the only public rose garden in the United States to be planted at a jail and maintained by inmates. Gardening redeems us.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Public Rose Garden


Monday, February 15, 2010

Are You Unknowingly Harboring a Noxious Weed in Your Garden? by Donna Duffy

It’s easy to get hooked on flowers that are easy to grow, especially those that seem to be refreshingly trouble-free. Unfortunately, some of these qualify as noxious weeds, and their rapid growth causes a multitude of problems. These undesirable plants reduce habitat for wildlife and native plants, alter riparian areas, and cause problems in agricultural lands. Colorado Noxious Weeds are illegal to grow, even though they may be available on the internet and in some “big box” stores. Following are three Noxious Weeds to watch out for, and native and non-invasive alternatives you can grow in their place.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The end of the squashy tomato?

 Dear gardener, scientists in Britain  have created a fruit which is said to stay fresh for 45 days  -  three times longer than the conventional tomato. But do you really want to eat it? This is not your father's heirloom variety!


Read more here:
The end of the squashy tomato? Genetic breakthrough could let fruit last a month longer | Mail Online

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Lawns May Contribute to Global Warming

Perhaps, dear gardener, you are considering getting rid of your lawn. Putting in a meadow  or a vegetable garden. Some studies conclude that this is a good thing! Ponder this one.


Lawns May Contribute to Global Warming - Yahoo! News

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Installing a Drip Irrigation System

Now might be the time to plan for an irrigation system if you do not have one. Garden Girl takes us through the steps in this video.