Lawn and Garden

Gardening to an Age-Old Beet

Gardening to an Age-Old Beet

LONGMONT – While some march to the beat of their own drum, I’d like to drum up support for the beet. Fans have been rooting for this vegetable to be crowned king of the garden, and this year, our dreams are realized: 2018 is the Year of the Beet. The National Garden...

CSU Extension – Get Your Grass in Shape

CSU Extension – Get Your Grass in Shape

  LONGMONT – A long, dry winter takes its toll on many of us, so much so that the first warm rays of spring brings the realization that we’re in sub-par form for having to face the neighbors this summer. Bald spots, oddly growing tufts, and weedy edges all mean one...

CSU Extension – All Stink But No Bug

CSU Extension – All Stink But No Bug

  LONGMONT – Good journalism, like great wine, is a commodity that should be sampled and enjoyed often. Indulging in researched, well-written articles keeps the mind sharp and expands our understanding of the world. But as you consume your information, keep in mind...

Early Colorado Plant Sales Promise Summer Beauty

LONGMONT – As daylight creeps longer and warmth start seeping into our bones, gardeners emerge from winter into the sun. Blinking at the awakening landscape, we notice gaps that need filling, and indulge in flights of fancy that include gardens bursting with color. If...

Sow Onions for a Culinary Treat

LONGMONT – As you’re planting your spring kitchen garden, leave room for one of cooking’s basics that’s delicious enough to bring tears to your eyes. Growing onions in Colorado is easy, and if you want to add this allium to your vegetable plot, the time to get...

CSU Extension – Spring Lawn Care

CSU Extension – Spring Lawn Care

LONGMONT – March is roaring in like the lion it is, bringing with it a good amount of moisture for our dry soils. The recent storms with their snowfall were a welcome drink for parched landscapes, and one of the first plants to show their appreciation is lawns....

CSU Extension – Begonia love

CSU Extension – Begonia love

LONGMONT – Every so often a new plant catches my eye, stopping me in my tracks at garden centers with their beauty. In truth, it happens more than I admit; like the dog distracted by squirrels, there are days when I can’t get down an aisle in a greenhouse without...

CSU Extension – Go Forth and Prune

CSU Extension – Go Forth and Prune

LONGMONT – Warm days woo us to get out and get some fresh air, puttering around the yard to take note of winter’s toll. We tell ourselves we’re just going to peek at the garden to see how’ it’s doing, but once under the spell of balmy temperatures, we can’t help but...

CSU Extension – Double Your Houseplant Fun

CSU Extension – Double Your Houseplant Fun

  LONGMONT – Admit it, at one point in your life you’ve coveted someone else’s plant. Sure, you may have been younger and impetuous, or in a weak moment after moving to a new home, but at some time, someone had a houseplant you wanted for your own. So you took a...

Lawn and Garden – Dry times call for winter water

Lawn and Garden – Dry times call for winter water

BOULDER COUNTY - When January rolls in, a lot of gardeners get itchy for spring. Seed catalogs tease us; we stare wistfully out windows, and pace restlessly in garden sections of stores. Nesting activity begins with clearing of spaces for seed trays and Christmas...

Strange magic and holiday traditions

Strange magic and holiday traditions

LONGMONT – Who would have guessed that we have a lowly, potent mushroom to thank for our visions of flying reindeer pulling around a rosy-cheeked, jolly old elf decked in red and white garb? Ancient peoples followed traditions before the arrival of Christianity, and...

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...

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