Lawn and Garden

Clean out unwanted garden guests

If you’re letting leaves lie you might be adding to plant problems in spring, when insects and fungi shake off the cold to infest the garden. Now that fall snows finally quieted the garden, clean out the guests before winter sets in to ensure your plants get off to a healthy start next year.

Winter watering crucial for trees, shrubs

Winter watering crucial for trees, shrubs

The wintry blast we’ve recently received should remind all gardeners that it’s time to plan for helping our gardens through a long, cold, dry winter. While it’s true we just had a wet storm and our plants got a nice drink of water, gardeners should think ahead on how to make sure your plants stay watered in winter.

A Halloween love story

In celebration of October, I wanted to share a Halloween love story. Recently, I was asked if it’s true that spiders scream while mating. This set me to wondering…..

Grab some (warm) air between snows to clean garden

The abrupt end to the garden season came with an unseasonable chill, smashing record lows and tying for largest temperature drop in one October day every recorded. Plants that normally shrug off a light frost are struggling to find new life, while the tender plants were killed outright.

A short history of Samhain

A short history of Samhain

Think of Halloween and what springs to mind? If Tootsie rolls and dum-dums, snickers, or Reese’s are how you celebrate Samhain, you might want to brush up on your history. The most important of the Celtic fire festivals has a lot more to offer.

Goodness, it’s gourds

Goodness, it’s gourds

I picked up a packet of gourd seeds last spring with the thought that some of the little, colorful things would look great in my fall décor. I imagined tucking them into nooks near pumpkins, by straw bales and corn stalks, even hot gluing them onto a fall wreath. I should have stopped daydreaming and read the seed packet instead.

Garden: Show off your hips this fall

Garden: Show off your hips this fall

Fall is a time for celebration, with the end of season harvest and cool relief from heat getting us out into the garden to enjoy the autumn sights. We revel in the changing colors, marvel at the sunflowers’ nodding heads, and laugh as squirrels gather nuts. But what really gets us to stop and stare are the big, bodacious hips mother nature can produce.

Spruce up Perennials with fall division

Spruce up Perennials with fall division

Though the days are getting shorter there are still plenty of chores to do in the garden before fall arrives and the season of distraction pulls us into the land of pumpkin spice everything. Before you succumb to cider and gourd shopping, spend some time with your...

After the storms

After the storms

Gardeners have an unusual take on things. One moment we’re in a frenzy of panic over aphids in the garden, the next we’re shrugging off near total loss of plants due to weather. We’re not adjusting our medication; it’s just that some things we can’t control.

Rabbits a pest in the garden

Rabbits a pest in the garden

The villains of the summer come, not with Snidely Whiplash mustaches 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.

Painted Lady Butterflies are in town

Painted Lady Butterflies are in town

Painted lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) are migrating into Colorado and large numbers of them have been spotted up and down the Front Range, according to Dr. Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University’s Extension Specialist in Entomology.

Year of the pumpkin

Year of the pumpkin

When it comes to finding reason to celebrate something, I’m up for some fun. Talk Like A Pirate day, National Donut day, World Penguin day – I’m ready. So when the National Garden Bureau announced that 2019 was the Year of the Pumpkin, I squealed aloud in delight.

Area plant sales abound

Area plant sales abound

Despite teasing weather from Mother Nature, area gardeners are gearing up for a new season of planting beautiful flowers, delicious fruits, and fresh vegetables. So it’s with joy that we celebrate the advent of local plant sales, each one supporting good causes in the community while supplying us with the flowers and foliage we crave. Take a look at area sales and the groups they support.


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