Lawn and Garden

Living trees provide lasting memories

Living trees provide lasting memories

LONGMONT – This is a magical time of year. The smell of fresh-cut pine perfumes the air; choices are made between fir or pine, and cars adorned with carcasses of trees head home to put up their prize. Cut Christmas trees are a tradition reaching back to 16th century...

Taking Care of Holiday Plants

Taking Care of Holiday Plants

LONGMONT – Celebrating the dark days of winter includes bringing in a few houseplants, and stores are filled with holiday foliage. Pick up a poinsettia – they’re a treat for the eyes – then look at some of the other festive indoor plants. Small pines, aromatic...

CSU Extension: Gifts for gardeners

CSU Extension: Gifts for gardeners

LONGMONT – Searching for the perfect gift to give your gardener this year? We’ve got a few ideas for your green thumb friend. Whether you want whimsical or functional, here are gifts to grow with. Row Shelter Accelerators Early spring chill, birds, and nipping wind...

CSU Extension: Designing Holiday Success

CSU Extension: Designing Holiday Success

BOULDER COUNTY – If the thought of Thanksgiving floral arranging leaves you more panicky than grateful, gather up your pumpkins and calm your mind. With a quick cut and scooping of seeds, you can transform leftover, whole pumpkins into centerpieces that will wow your...

CSU Extension: Forced bulbs help beat winter blues

CSU Extension: Forced bulbs help beat winter blues

BOULDER COUNTY – Readers, the time has arrived to head out to garden centers and purchase a little pick-me-up for the mid-January blahs. A growing shoot is the right prescription for green thumbs pining for spring but it takes a little planning and action now. But all...

CSU Extension: Perennial fall chores

CSU Extension: Perennial fall chores

BOULDER COUNTY – Perfect gardeners are those that work with the rhythm of the seasons, rolling with the vagaries of the weather. Rain or sun doesn’t ruffle their feathers; they simply are one with the earth and its little mood swings. I am not a perfect gardener. If I...

YardSmart: Late summer fruit tree care

YardSmart: Late summer fruit tree care

High temperatures, hot nights, long days and kids on summer vacation cause fruit tree neglect. Gardening is the last thing you want to do in late summer, yet proper care really pays off now. It’s because your trees have completed their reproductive work. After harvest...

How to choose a melon

How to choose a melon

BOULDER COUNTY – Early August brings sweet treats to our stores as wonderful Colorado melons roll in.  I follow Rocky Ford Growers Association on Facebook, so when they announced that melons were here, I rushed over to the grocers. Approaching the stacked cantaloupes,...

Experience agriculture with farm tours

Feed piglets, go on a wagon ride, and learn about cold-hardy wine grapes during the Farm Around Boulder County Farm Tours, Sunday, August 13, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. In a Boulder County twist on the Parade of Homes, participating farmers are opening their doors and inviting...

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...

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