Lawn and Garden
2021 is shaping up to be problematic for Agriculture in Colorado from the perspective of higher temperatures, lower precipitation and low surface water irrigation supply.
While this may not seem to be the best time of year for weed management, it is a good time to start dealing with winter annual and biennial weeds and planning your strategy for the 2021 growing season.
With the change in tenants at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, there’s a groundswell of interest in one thing close to gardener’s hearts.
Whether you are new to incorporating native plants into your landscape or have been doing it for decades, the 6th annual Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference promises to have something for you.
When did our world become one of so much risk management? Was it always this way but now the risks are shared among so many?
Native grasses can be used in a landscape either as specimen plants or for a bluegrass lawn alternative or to create a native prairie landscape.
Gardeners always want to peek into the future to see if their flowers will bloom, vegetables thrive, or rain is on the way. We check almanacs, weather reports, fuzz on caterpillar’s backs, and moon charts to get an edge on Mother Nature. We have many reasons for wanting to know how 2021 will shape up, especially in the garden.
These uncertain times have inspired some to become more self-sufficient. Gardening, for example, has experienced an upsurge. What about raising your own backyard chickens?
Winter is the dream time for crops farmers. The frozen soil here is a welcomed time for rest, recuperation from the struggles of the growing season and reflection on what needs adjustment and what new to implement as they soil thaws next year.
I have written about the damage rodents and small mammals cause to your landscape plants, but larger mammals such as deer, elk and bobcats can damage landscape plants too.
From simple pleasures to outright splurges, the season for giving is upon us. As you rush to buy gifts for your gardeners, stop to consider what type of green thumb they have. This will help you narrow down your choices in making that small purchase go a long way to...
Many people turned to gardening this year as a means of keeping busy, getting fresh air, and finding distraction from the pandemic.
With Thanksgiving almost upon us, I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at the tart, red fruit that is a staple on most Thanksgiving menus.
As an early 1990s arrival to the state, I’ve seen a slow but steady conversion of prime agricultural farmland into houses, commercial real estate, parking lots, golf courses and more. It makes sense, right? Cities form first near prime agriculture lands and then...
As the weather cools and bears are headed to hibernation, mice may be seeking the warmth of your home and voles may be setting up their homes in your landscaping. How do you keep these unwanted visitors out of your house and protect your landscape plants?
Gardeners, gear up for our own version of Days of the Dead. Like the three days devoted to remembering and honoring departed loved ones, we focus on remembering the garden by clearing out and cleaning it up. So grab a rake, pick up those rotting vegetables, and pull...
More and more people are becoming aware of the important role pollinators play in everything from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear. Pollinator gardens are being planted in neighborhoods and researchers spend their careers learning about every facet of these...
Trees are beginning to lose their leaves, your garden plants are done and if you don’t have access to commercial composting pickup, you may want to try composting in your yard. Composting is not as difficult or as time consuming as you think. Composting provides...
October is arriving, and it brings a chance for outdoor fun for the family. At this time in fall, we make the annual pilgrimage to pumpkin patches.
To everything there is a season, and right now we are in the ornamental grass season in Colorado.
If you’ve been on the fence, waiting to visit the farmers market, place an online order, or patronize a farm stand, this is your final call.
It doesn’t matter if you live in the foothills, mountains or plains or even in the middle of Denver, we need to be prepared for disasters.
It’s hard to believe but September is upon us. Nighttime temperatures are dropping, and leaves are slowly beginning to change.
Kind hearted people see need in their communities and want to help, but a handful move into action to help solve problems too great for one act to overcome. The folks at Fresh Food Connect and Boulder Food Rescue felt the pull to take action years ago to combat hunger locally and throughout the state of Colorado.
The hot, dry weather that’s fanning fires on tens of thousands of acres across Colorado is also battering the state’s agriculture industry as it stunts crops, dries up the flow of water to farms and shrivels grazing land.
By all accounts, these are trying times. So last week when the CSU Extension Boulder County Demonstration Garden received a Plant Select ™ Showcase Garden Award, it felt extra sweet.
August is Colorado Proud month. Colorado farmers have been preparing this bountiful harvest of produce for us since February and now is the time to enjoy it!
Every year there is always one thing that I could depend on, and that’s a plethora of squash. But not this year.
How do we continue to enjoy Colorado produce in 2040? COVID-19 has highlighted for Americans that farm workers are essential.
You planted and cared for your garden but before you harvest the produce, someone else has been enjoying the fruits of your labor. In addition to insects, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, deer and elk find our gardens a great banquet.