• Gardening and Micro-Climates

    I'm in Colorado part-time now and gardening at 8,000 feet. It is certainly different than the Denver Metro area both because of less water and the higher altitude. These short season raspberries were planted about twenty years ago after failure with a longer season raspberry. When I arrived on June 18th, the ...

  • Turf Violets, Viola odorata

    Don't you hate it when you do something stupid in the garden?  As a new Colorado resident, I was thrilled to see my grandmother's favorite flower, sweet violet, in my yard!  In my native Florida, I remember seeing violets along the catwalk in the swamp adjoining Wekiva Springs State Park. ...

  • First Walk in 2015

    This first day of 2015 started with a First Walk along the South Platte River and ended with a traditional black-eyed pea dinner at home. My sister is visiting and we decided to participate in a First Walk at Roxborough State Park. I tried repeatedly to call the park to ...

  • Growing Amaryllis

    Are you tempted to buy one of those kits to grow an amaryllis or give it as a gift to a gardening friend? They are quite easy to grow and keep for the winter, adding cheer along with a long standing flower.  You might want to preserve the plant to ...

Peppermint Bark

Posted by gardensoul on January - 1 - 2015

Growing up, I enjoyed Peppermint Bark from the local candy factory, Davidson’s of Dundee. So when Christmas time was approaching I looked for it in my local groceries, but alas it was not to be found. Only Peppermint Bark with Chocolate was available, so I decided to make some. I  [ Read More ]

Growing Amaryllis

Posted by gardensoul on November - 24 - 2014

Are you tempted to buy one of those kits to grow an amaryllis or give it as a gift to a gardening friend? They are quite easy to grow and keep for the winter, adding cheer along with a long standing flower.  You might want to preserve the plant to  [ Read More ]

Pre-freeze to-do list

Posted by gardensoul on November - 8 - 2014

The local weather forecast is for very cold temperatures dipping into the teens. This is after unseasonably warm weather – a Colorado trademark! The warm weather put me into a state of procrastination that I must break this weekend. I find making lists is the easiest way to “get-er-done”! Place  [ Read More ]

Growing Garlic

Posted by gardensoul on October - 20 - 2014

One of my favorite sayings when cooking is “You can’t ever have too much garlic!” Harvesting my own garlic is much more flavorful than buying commercially grown garlic. This is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Nutritionally, eating garlic provides your body with Vitamins A and C, potassium, phosphorous, selenium,  [ Read More ]