Thursday, May 28, 2020

Rhubarb - Try it for your 2020 Victory Garden by Vicky Spelman

Photo Courtesy: sungress
Rhubarb Love it for its Taste; Eat it for Your Health.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Encouraging Children in the Garden by Melissa Lovell

Photo: M C Lovell
One of the best ways to encourage children to eat vegetables is to grow them together. Many vegetables that go great in salads can be grown fairly quickly indoors or out; in containers or in the ground. Seeds, soil and water are all you need to get started. Use potting soil or amend the ground with compost to create a rich soil for the seeds to grow in. After planting, keep the soil moist and in a sunny location. Click here for details about growing leafy greens: LeafyGreens 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day and Poppies by Carol King

Photo by Tina Negus
The Memorial Day Organization tells us that Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.  Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No.11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields", Moina Michael conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Thus a tradition was born.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Memorial Day can be Planting Day by Joyce D'Agostino

Photo: Joyce D'Agostino

If you love to garden, you know how hard it is to wait to finally plant your summer garden. Often this begins with weeks of starting seeds inside under lights, nurturing the seedlings and then getting the young plants acclimated for the final place in your garden.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Using a Moisture Meter to Determine Watering Trees/Shrubs by Steven White

Moisture Meter
Watering newly planted trees and shrubs can be a challenge.  It is not easy to determine if the root ball is wet or dry.  I am going to share with you my method for checking to see if the tree and/or shrub is moist or dry.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Spittlebugs in the Garden by Carol King

Photo Media Space
While weeding near my bee balm (Monarda), I saw several patches of a frothy white substance on the leaves.  Upon further study, I discovered that I have a small infestation of the spittlebug (Cercopidae: spp).  Aptly named, the white froth is what the immature spittlebug or nymphs surround themselves with as they feed on the plant tissue. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

How about a 2020 Victory Garden for Pollinators? by Vicky Spelman

Daniyal Ghanavati - Pexels
We’ve all read many articles about the decline of our pollinators.  With the same energy used in the original Victory Gardens, we can meet another threat to our food supply and help our pollinators. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Your Landscape and Water by CSU

Colorado State University
Is your landscape ready to work for you to beautify your home and be able to withstand drought conditions?  The following documents the many ways landscaped outdoor areas contribute to the quality of life and property values in Colorado.

Colorado State University did a study of landscaping contributions to the environment, quality of life and property values in Colorado, which should be considered when planning for drought.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Interested in Growing Your Own Food This Year? by Rita Stafford

CSU - Planttalk Colorado
Establishing your own vegetable garden can be done very economically depending on your choice of materials and the size of your project. The benefits of growing your own food range from...

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Carnation, The First Mother's Day Flower by Carol King

Photo Colorado State University
Carnations were the very first Mother’s Day flower given when Anna Jarvis, Mother’s Day founder, distributed her mother’s favorite flowers, white carnations in 1907, during the first Mother’s Day memorial service.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

An Apple for our Higher Altitude by Ed Powers

Courtesy Wikipedia - Antonovka Apples
I recently discovered and ordered 2 small seedling trees which originated from Russia and Poland.  They could be great for our altitude in the Rockies.

This apple is called Antonovka. It consists of several varieties, but the Common Antonovka is usually grown in the U.S.  

Monday, May 4, 2020

Do your roses look awful? by Dave Ingram

Photo: Vicky Spelman
As we look at many gardens around the Denver metro area, we are realizing that this has been one of the harshest winters we've had in some time. Starting with the hard freeze last October, through the mid-winter dry spells, and including mid-April's temperature drop into the teens, our rose canes have taken a beating. Hybrid teas, shrubs, climbers - lots of dead and shriveled canes, many of them just since the last storm. This note is to let you know the damage is not just in your yard - we are seeing it all over.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Making Cool Season Veggies "COOL" by Wyatt Koeniger

Photo:  Wyatt Koeniger
If you’re like me, you struggle to know what is a cool season vegetable and when to plant it; it is also hard to know what's “COOL” in Colorado.  Surprisingly, there are many different cool crops to grow that can satisfy the most discerning palate.  Some reasons to try cool season veggies yourself are:
·      Late spring frost won’t hurt them
·      Some are perennials
·      Able to be grown at higher elevations
·      Extended growing season