Fall & Winter Watering in Colorado

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Warm temperatures and little moisture this fall add up to the need to water our landscape. Here are a few things to remember: Water only when air and soil temperatures are above 40º F with no snow cover. Established large … Continue reading

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Sheet Mulch Composting

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I had a wonderful opportunity to meet and hear Jane Shellenberger, author of Organic Gardener’s Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West, at the Littleton Garden Club.  Her description of sheet mulch composting intrigued me, so I’m giving it a try. … Continue reading

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Planting in Fall for Spring Flowers

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It’s so simple to add early spring color to your garden.  And what a pleasure to see crocus pop up as the first glimpse into warmer weather after a long winter!  Today I’m planting two of my favorite early spring … Continue reading

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What to do with a Bumper Crop of Tomatoes?

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My favorite way to enjoy my tomato crop is making marinara sauce, using the recipe from “Food to Die For” by Patricia Cornwell. It is thick enough for pizza and stands up well on pasta.  The directions are great, walking … Continue reading

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Hummingbird on my Agastache

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YouTube Video of Broad-tailed Hummer on Agastache in my backyard A few years ago, I created a hummingbird garden when I became frustrated dumping and then refilling the sugar water in my hummer bird feeder.  I love to garden and … Continue reading

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Hornet Nest

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Baldfaced hornets have been busy this summer, constructing a large paper enclosed nest in my Scotch Pine tree. The nest is 15 feet up and I never noticed it until late August.  It looks like a giant ornament hanging in … Continue reading

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Seed Starting Day – March 4th

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Today I started my seeds for my vegetable garden. A lot of work came before today and there was a lot of calculation, hopefully resulting in all seeds germinating within a day or two of each other. Although I used … Continue reading

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Seed catalogs – organization part II

You have your spreadsheet of seeds you are interested in.  After sorting different ways, you determine which seeds you want to order.  I add a Date Ordered column and enter the date I ordered online.  Since I prefer working in Microsoft … Continue reading

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Seed catalogs – getting organized

There are so many catalogs to look through.  How do you keep track of seeds / plants of interest?  Most of us dog-ear the page, but that means we can only look at one catalog page at a time.  What if you’re looking online?  That’s even more difficult!  Here is the organized approach.

Create a spreadsheet that includes the following fields; variety, page#, catalog name, seed cost, seed amount, shipping cost.  Now you can compare prices and availability and make a more informed choice!

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Protecting Trees in Winter – Sunscald

The weather forecast: Sunny days with highs in the 60′s for the next 3 days. The tree forecast: Susceptible trees may experience sunscald.  What?!?  But I look forward to those balmy winter days. Me too.  But trees went dormant during … Continue reading

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