Active and Passive Rainwater Harvesting

Active and Passive Rainwater Harvesting

As the gardening season gets into full swing and you’re looking at your landscape with fresh eyes, it is a great time to reassess what worked last year, what didn’t, and perhaps start trying out some new ideas. Enter, rainwater harvesting!

Cheatgrass

Cheatgrass

It’s that grass whose seeds get caught in your shoes and socks when you go hiking, cheatgrass (aka. Downy brome Bromus tectorum, Japanese brome Bromus japonicus) is a winter annual List C noxious weed in Colorado.

It’s Time to Aerate Your Lawn

It’s Time to Aerate Your Lawn

Aeration of your lawn is a simple task that improves the overall growing conditions of your turf and will result in a healthier lawn.

Light Up The Holidays

Light Up The Holidays

I’m partial to festive lights during the holidays around houses, fences, trees and lampposts. If you’re a fan of lights, too, you can wrap them around most anything in your yard, provided you secure them from wind.

Go native at this don’t-miss conference

Go native at this don’t-miss conference

If you’re looking to changeup your landscape by going back to natives, check out Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants, Saturday, February 16 at the Tivoli Turnhalle, Auraria Campus, Denver.

Zucchini is Perfect for Porch Packages

Zucchini is Perfect for Porch Packages

LONGMONT – Gardeners, the day we’ve been waiting for all summer has finally arrived: National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Yes, folks, Wednesday, Aug. 8 the green, cylindrical squash becomes the talk of the town as it’s placed, anonymously, onto...
CSU Extension: Get Your Ghost on with Pumpkins

CSU Extension: Get Your Ghost on with Pumpkins

BOULDER/LARIMER COUNTY – Ready to start hunting for pumpkins, and want to take the kids someplace fun? Head out to our local pumpkin patches where you’ll get an experience worth howling over. Memorable fall enjoyment is ripe for picking at area farms, and local...
CSU Extension: Trees need love too

CSU Extension: Trees need love too

BOULDER COUNTY – Trees this summer have dealt with many challenges, from wet feet to intense heat, and some are starting to throw in the towel. Although the temperature continues to bake us, symptoms of stress on our trees from a summer of strange weather are showing...
Taste of Tomato: A Way To Sample Love Apples

Taste of Tomato: A Way To Sample Love Apples

Boulder County – I’ll be the first to admit this has not been a good gardening year. While there was a bumper crop of garlic, the eggplant is amazing, corn is taller than the garage, and cabbage kept us in slaw, the one vegetable I judge the summer by is...
Rabbits a pest in the garden

Rabbits a pest in the garden

BOULDER COUNTY – The villains of the summer come, not with snidely whiplash moustaches and an evil laugh, but with floppy ears and oh-so-adorable eyes. Rabbits are overrunning the landscape and are wreaking havoc wherever they plop their fluffy tails. Rabbits have...
Sun and moon garden great for celebrating solar eclipse

Sun and moon garden great for celebrating solar eclipse

BOULDER COUNTY – Looking for a way to celebrate the solar eclipse?  If you subscribe to the Italian folklore that flowers planted during a solar eclipse are more vigorous and vibrant, you could pop a few plants into the ground on August 21. To truly honor the marriage...
Peppers have it made in the shade

Peppers have it made in the shade

If you were planning on picking a peck of peppers this year but the plants are not cooperating, chances are your garden is suffering from heat stress. In this, you’re not alone: reports of poorly performing peppers, and in some cases eggplant, are coming in from...
Buzz about the Colorado Pollinator Highway

Buzz about the Colorado Pollinator Highway

BOULDER COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation is hoping traffic increases along a stretch of I-76 from Arvada to Nebraska. Bumbling, zipping, hovering and crawling, all types of drivers are welcome on the special roadway CDOT is maintaining to protect our...

Get your grass in shape

BOULDER COUNTY – 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...
Warm weather brings out the wasps

Warm weather brings out the wasps

BOULDER COUNTY – With the warm beginning to spring, wasp queens are awakening, shrugging off a winter’s sleep with conquest on their minds. Emerging from their winter’s sleep, queens are foraging for food, a nesting location and materials to begin building it....
Peas a perfect spring crop

Peas a perfect spring crop

BOULDER COUNTY – Despite the calendar and my family’s full-throated observance of St. Patrick’s Day, I hesitate to plant peas on March 17. The reason is simple: I’ve become suspicious that the cold shoulder the soil gives those seeds slows their germination....
Pruning fruit trees a late winter task

Pruning fruit trees a late winter task

If you’ve been itching to tidy up your fruit trees, February is an excellent time to get out and lop things.  Pruning off a few branches is the perfect way to indulge our green thumbs in winter, plus keep our fruit trees healthy. Let’s take a look at the steps to...
For lawn recovery, wait for spring

For lawn recovery, wait for spring

Over the inauguration weekend, many people took time to get out and enjoy the nice weather, strolling around and greeting each other like long lost friends.  Small groups and larger crowds gathered together in the sunshine.  And as they milled about in their...
The lasting legacy of a garden

The lasting legacy of a garden

Visiting gardens is a favorite pastime of mine, a way for me to get to know cities and people of places I visit. I love talking with the gardeners or nosing along overgrown paths. It doesn’t matter where my rambles take me or why I’m there; whenever I can, I take time...

Garden Resolutions for the New Year

BOULDER – The year 2016 is one that many are happy to see in the rear view mirror, with its drought, psyllids, and Emerald Ash Borer causing angst.  Yet, though we suffered crisp lawns, poor tomato yields, and new detections, obsessed gardeners aren’t dismayed. We...

Soften the season with historic décor

BOULDER – In the hustle and bustle of holiday prep, sleek, modern styles often grab our eye. Metallic trees, chrome Menorahs, clear glass Kinaras, and silver solstice bells all look lovely as they grace our homes.  But a gardener in winter yearns for green and growing...

Gifts from the heart

BOULDER – When the season quiets, gardeners find time to reflect on the past, musing on how much the garden benefits us.  With warm thoughts we reminisce over harvests and flowers, the smell of the earth, and lay plans for next year when the soil warms again. As...

Hawaii on my mind

BOULDER – For a remote island chain, Hawaii gives gardeners a lot to be grateful for beyond floral shirts, coconuts, and pineapple slices. The westernmost state in the union keeps us dreaming of lush plant paradises, complete with waterfalls, wildly colored birds, and...

November is for composting

BOULDER – It was one heck of a season, one that seemed to go on endlessly. As November neared we all thought it would be over with soon and we could send the accumulated waste where it belongs: the compost pile. Now we’re left picking up the pieces of a fall that’s...

Clean out unwanted garden guests

BOULDER –  Getting powder all over the furniture, leaving a trail of slime, some guests just don’t know when they’ve worn out their welcome. When the party’s over, instead of a fond farewell, they snuggle into the cover of leaves to sleep through winter, emerging as...