Harvest time for the Stinking Rose

Harvest time for the Stinking Rose

The cool, rainy start to the season gave us a bounty of stinking roses.  Digging up the garlic that grew tall enough to throw shade at the corn, the pungent bulbs are coming on strong now that it’s late July and harvest time.  From spicy hot to nutty mellow, big...
Ask Angie’s List: How do you make your own mulch?

Ask Angie’s List: How do you make your own mulch?

Mulch is an effective tool to protect your plants, beautify your yard and add nutrients to your soil. Making it is easier than you might think. DIY mulch saves money and it’s environmentally friendly, because you recycle resources like yard waste or food trimmings....
Is this plant a weed? It depends

Is this plant a weed? It depends

Is this a weed? I’ve heard that question countless times from other gardeners, usually accompanied by a photo or sprig of greenery. I’ve asked it myself on several occasions as I pulled errant plants out of paths and garden beds. The answer is almost always the same:...
Edible flowers give meals zest

Edible flowers give meals zest

BOULDER COUNTY – The Boulder Valley Rose Society is filled with wonderful people dedicated to showcasing the queen of flowers. They fill borders and beds with perfumed beauty, pamper and prune them, and take pride in the showy flowers. They love the rose and use it in...
Yardsmart: How to pressure wash for plant health

Yardsmart: How to pressure wash for plant health

All over the West, drought-ravaged gardens are coming back to life. The rain alone is pushing a banner growth year in the wild and in gardens, but many of the longer lived plants may need special attention. The new growth will be a huge lure for all the tiny bugs that...
Heat arrives early

Heat arrives early

BOULDER COUNTY – This summer is shaping up to be known as the Slide Into Insanity season. After starting off with freezing snow in May, in a handful of weeks we’ve tipped the other way into broiling heat. To say this makes me grumpy is an understatement: my spouse was...
June is Colorado Pollinator Month

June is Colorado Pollinator Month

BOULDER COUNTY – One of the best parts of being a gardener is that I’m never alone. In the quiet of the morning or heat of noon, there’s a buzz of activity that surrounds and uplifts me whenever I spend time out there. Dodging past butterflies clumsily flitting about,...
YardSmart: How to Transplant Your Garden

YardSmart: How to Transplant Your Garden

Before plastic nursery pots, real American gardeners were always big transplanters. Our grandparents and their ancestors off the farm knew how to move plants of all kinds. Transplanting, sowing, grafting, trade and cuttings were the way you got new plants, so these...
How to keep your patio furniture looking fabulous

How to keep your patio furniture looking fabulous

Outdoor living is one Colorado’s top perks. To make the most of it, your outdoor furniture needs to be worthy of center stage, but the Colorado sun, wind and temperature fluctuations quickly degrade items left outside. Maintenance is the key to keeping your outdoor...
Shrug off cold effects with fertilization

Shrug off cold effects with fertilization

As a teacher of gardening, there are times when Mother Nature drives me crazy.  Just as I’m explaining to classes that here in the Rocky Mountains soil temperatures are every bit as important as frost dates for planting, she sends freezing rain, snow and hail after...
Add beauty, safety to your home with outdoor lighting

Add beauty, safety to your home with outdoor lighting

The right outdoor lighting can redefine a property, adding not only safety and security but expanding the use of the yard and beautifying the space. Whether starting from scratch or retrofitting an existing yard, the most important trend today is installing LED...
Broken Limbs and Broken Hearts

Broken Limbs and Broken Hearts

COLORADO – The late May snow storm and freeze is going to be felt for a while. Breaking tree limbs and gardeners’ hearts, that wallop froze buds, fruit, vegetables, and flowers that had all of us eager for summer. Many people are trying to put their split trees back...
Design Recipes: 10 Tips for Affordable Nursery Design

Design Recipes: 10 Tips for Affordable Nursery Design

Nursery design doesn’t have to break the bank. There are a number of cost-saving and creative ideas to create a nursery that is inviting, warm and friendly. When it comes to creating a nursery on a budget, here are some top Design Recipes tips. Paint Painting remains...
What’s the right height for lawn mowing?

What’s the right height for lawn mowing?

While grasses differ region to region, there’s a common theme when it comes to the proper height when mowing the lawn. Here’s what two lawn care professionals from different parts of the country recommend. MOWING COOL-SEASON GRASS Cool-season grasses like Kentucky...

May or may not weather

BOULDER COUNTY – Though the gardens love the wet weather, one thing they could do without is the hail that came with it. If your plants were victims of the savage skies, take heart: it looks bad now but, depending on the plant, its maturity, and time left in the...

Container your plants for relaxation

BOULDER COUNTY – Admit it, when you dream of summer entertaining you envision your patio or deck looking magazine-perfect, complete with a grill, shaded cushioned seats and enough potted plants to rival the botanic gardens. As guests drop in they admire the lush...

Landscape paths to great careers

BOULDER COUNTY – Taking the long view is something at which the landscape industry excels. Planting seeds, their thoughts always have a bit of the far away in them, to when trees become giants, shrubs a haven for wildlife, and flowers transform yards into the...

Plant sales abound

BOULDER COUNTY – “I could give up buying plants, but I’m not a quitter,” was the meme that caught my eye on Facebook the other day, posted on the page Two Women and a Hoe. It describes spring for a gardener perfectly. While we could use self-control at this time of...