Lawn and Garden

Farmer winter reflections in the time of COVID-19

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.

Protecting your plants from larger mammals

Protecting your plants from larger mammals

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.

Gifts for gardeners

Gifts for gardeners

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...

Gardeners with generous hearts

Gardeners with generous hearts

Many people turned to gardening this year as a means of keeping busy, getting fresh air, and finding distraction from the pandemic.

Rubies of the Pine (a.k.a. Cranberries)

Rubies of the Pine (a.k.a. Cranberries)

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.

Sustaining Agriculture in the Urban Interface

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...

Fall Rodent Visitors

Fall Rodent Visitors

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?

Lawn and Garden: Compost Those Dead 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...

5th Annual Colorado Pollinator Summit Goes Virtual for 2020

5th Annual Colorado Pollinator Summit Goes Virtual for 2020

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...

Home composting

Home composting

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...

Fall garden tasks

Fall garden tasks

It’s hard to believe but September is upon us. Nighttime temperatures are dropping, and leaves are slowly beginning to change.

Share Garden Harvests to Help Others 

Share Garden Harvests to Help Others 

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. 

Who is Eating My Garden?

Who is Eating My Garden?

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.

Is It Too Late to Plant?

Is It Too Late to Plant?

We turned to Susan Pope, a local farmer and owner of Pope Farms Produce & Garden Center in Greeley, for some late-summer gardening advice.

June is Colorado Pollinator Month

June is Colorado Pollinator Month

As the heat sets in and our early spring flowers fade and give way to summer blooms and vegetable gardens, you might have pollination on your mind. If not, maybe you should!

Living Soil

Living Soil

One of the pleasures of spring is digging in the soil and that earthy smell but how much do we really know about the soil beneath our feet.

Rose Care

Rose Care

Our roses don’t have many problems here in Colorado compared to other places, but a few problems crop up each year for gardeners.

Plan to Conserve Water this Year

Don’t waste water. Recent downpours, in some areas of Colorado, have resulted in the Rocky Mountain Sod Growers once again stressing water conservation.