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Make Your Own Paper Seedling Pots

Make Your Own Paper Seedling Pots

May 5, 2021

By Colleen Smith: You’ll need: paper grocery bags, scissors, tub or sink for soaking paper, glass jar to use as a form, smaller jar...

Gardening as Science Education

Gardening as Science Education

May 5, 2021

By Jim Warland: While most kids use summer vacation to play, this eager young student used part of her summer last year to learn about...

Annuals for Shade

Annuals for Shade

May 5, 2021

By Marcia Tatroe: Every time I see a shopping cart filled with flats of impatiens I see a missed opportunity. It’s not that impatiens...

What it Takes to Bring a Plant to Market

What it Takes to Bring a Plant to Market

May 5, 2021

By Emily Goldman with Mike Bone: Exciting new plants don’t magically appear on shelves at garden centers each spring. Bringing plants to...

Starlings: Fascinating Garden-variety Dinosaurs

Starlings: Fascinating Garden-variety Dinosaurs

May 5, 2021

by R. Gary Raham: My wife Sharon and I raised Shakespeare one spring in the 1980s. Shakespeare was a starling. I classified the project...

Early Spring 2021: Notables

Early Spring 2021: Notables

Mar 29, 2021

Excerpted from Civil Eats’ 2/2/21 “Beyond Bees, Neonics Damage Ecosystems – and a Push for Policy Change Is Coming” by Lisa Held Daniel...

How plants move water

How plants move water

Mar 29, 2021

by Paula Ogilvie: Drink Up! Imagine being rooted in place, unable to move around, yet requiring food, water, and shelter to survive. With...

Dirt as Mulch

Dirt as Mulch

Mar 26, 2021

By Carolyn Dunmire Growing in the Weatherhill: An occasional column from the southwest corner of the state where we grow with the dryland...

Chokeberries, Chokecherries, Sandcherries: Some Wild Fruits for Colorado

Chokeberries, Chokecherries, Sandcherries: Some Wild Fruits for Colorado

Mar 26, 2021

By Mikl Brawner These native and semi-wild fruiting plants are tough, easy to grow, adaptable, and very beneficial to bees, butterflies,...

Waterwise Champions: Don & Lynn Ireland

Waterwise Champions: Don & Lynn Ireland

Mar 26, 2021

When Don Ireland began delving into his ancestral roots he started communicating with distant relatives. The outer limbs of the family...

Managing Weeds Without Poisons 

Managing Weeds Without Poisons 

Jan 19, 2021

People often repeat Ralph W. Emerson’s maxim: “A weed is a plant whose virtues remain undiscovered.” And although I appreciate the...

Colorado Food Summit Strengthens Rural-Urban Connections

Colorado Food Summit Strengthens Rural-Urban Connections

Jan 19, 2021

Colorado is on the verge of major changes in our food system over the next 30 years. Will we be ready for it? That question is one of the...

Editor's Letter: Harvest 2020

Editor's Letter: Harvest 2020

Oct 1, 2020

It was easy to practice social distancing and enjoy myself at Gail Felzien’s family ranch/farm outside of Sterling last month, even in...

Colorado Plant Select® & Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens

Colorado Plant Select® & Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens

Jan 1, 2020

(In alphabetical order by location) Roadside Park, HWY 34 (west side of town) & Custer Ave., Akron Washington County Events Center, 552...

Grow Hardy Ice Plants for a Vivid Display

Grow Hardy Ice Plants for a Vivid Display

May 16, 2019

by Jane Shellenberger: Twenty years ago most Coloradoans were growing traditional water-loving English garden plants because that’s what...

Beyond the Sting Wasps: There is Something to Love

Beyond the Sting Wasps: There is Something to Love

May 5, 2021

Our fear and loathing of wasps is both self-induced, and a product of external sources of misinformation. When we equate “wasp” with a...

Growing Colorado Gardeners

Growing Colorado Gardeners

May 5, 2021

By Carolyn Dunmire: When the Montezuma School to Farm Project (MSTFP) is mentioned to a group, the first question is usually, “Hey, isn’t...

The New Wave of Gardening

The New Wave of Gardening

May 5, 2021

By Panayoti Kelaidis: Above: Kelly D Norris' home garden in Des Moines, Three Oaks Garden. This prairie planting is juxtaposed against a...

Grow Your Own, Grow It Up

Grow Your Own, Grow It Up

May 5, 2021

By Judith Rice-Jones • Photos: Debra Othitis: Pandemic Gardening & Colorado Springs’ Garden Father Backyard gardening and hunger have...

Gardening Keeps Me (relatively) Young

Gardening Keeps Me (relatively) Young

May 5, 2021

By John Hershey: As diehard fans may remember, a while back the Broncos briefly had a quarterback by the name of Tim Tebow. There was...

Double Bottom Line Gardening

Double Bottom Line Gardening

Mar 29, 2021

by Kenton Seth: I swear that when I’m an old guy with nothing to lose and someone says, “Yeah, I don’t buy from the local nursery; it’s...

Phosphorus: Too Much of a Good Thing

Phosphorus: Too Much of a Good Thing

Mar 29, 2021

By Elizabeth Black For the last two years, I have produced and participated in the Citizen Science Soil Health Project (CSSHP), along...

Gardening Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine and the Hose Doesn’t Reach

Gardening Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine and the Hose Doesn’t Reach

Mar 26, 2021

by Marcia Tatroe When I started my garden in 1987 shade wasn’t an issue. It was a goal. At the time there were only two trees on my...

Finding Awesome, Adapted Seed

Finding Awesome, Adapted Seed

Mar 26, 2021

By Penn Parmenter It’s 2021 and everybody still wants to garden. Last year wasn’t just a fluke, there are more home gardeners now than...

Editor's Letter: Spring 2021

Editor's Letter: Spring 2021

Mar 26, 2021

This spring really does feel like a new beginning. For one thing, with two feet of wet snow outside, what had been shaping up as an...

Trees That Speak

Trees That Speak

Jan 19, 2021

South of the town of Larkspur, on the ridge that divides the South Platte and Arkansas River watersheds, a trail winds up among junipers...

Editor’s Letter: Early Spring 2020

Editor’s Letter: Early Spring 2020

Jan 19, 2021

Another day, another decade. The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and the last bits of snow on the north side of the house – from...

Editor's Letter: May 2020

Editor's Letter: May 2020

May 1, 2020

With this quarantine a lot of us suddenly have time on our hands and no place to go. That’s a really big shift. Welcome to plant...

Editor's Letter: Harvest 2019

Editor's Letter: Harvest 2019

Oct 1, 2019

At Northern Water’s Annual Water Symposium in late May I had the opportunity to hear and meet Kate Greenberg, Colorado’s new Commissioner...

Coming to Life

Coming to Life

May 15, 2019

by Jane Shellenberger: On the plains in northern Colorado gardens are asleep under a few inches of snow but honeybees are stirring. My...

Colorado Grows with Specialty Crop Block Grants

Colorado Grows with Specialty Crop Block Grants

May 5, 2021

By Jodi Torpey: Growers from all parts of the country know agriculture is more than just corn and soybeans. AG also includes fruits,...

SHRUB PROFILE: New Mexican Privet

SHRUB PROFILE: New Mexican Privet

May 5, 2021

By Mikl Brawner: New Mexican Privet: Forestiera pubescens var. neomexicana Photo: Keith Williamson This Colorado native small tree or...

GREX

GREX

May 5, 2021

By Penn Parmenter: A Grex is a mixture of varieties growing together and encouraged to cross-pollinate. The seeds from those crosses are...

Notables:  Alpine Plants & One Health

Notables: Alpine Plants & One Health

May 5, 2021

New N. American Strategy to Protect Alpine Plants Addressing the need for a global vision to protect plants, the Global Strategy for...

New Website!

New Website!

Mar 30, 2021

In addition to celebrating 25 years of publishing in 2021, we're kicking off the new gardening season with a new website! Stay tuned as...

How to Prune & Care for Young Trees

How to Prune & Care for Young Trees

Mar 29, 2021

by Mikl Brawner: Trees have it hard in Colorado. If it’s not the shallow and lean topsoil, it’s the low rainfall and low humidity, or the...

The Seven Natives that Will Show Up for You

The Seven Natives that Will Show Up for You

Mar 26, 2021

By Lee Recca Photos: Duane Williams Growing native wildflowers can be exasperating. You see them prospering all over wild areas without...

Long Keepers

Long Keepers

Mar 26, 2021

It all starts with the seeds By Deb Whittaker Decades ago I happened upon an Asian woman at the Boulder Farmer’s Market who sold 20-lb...

It isn’t cheating to copy Mother Nature

It isn’t cheating to copy Mother Nature

Mar 26, 2021

By R. Gary Raham While cheating on tests is rarely a good thing, winning nature’s survival test should prove to be the exception. When it...

Meteorological Spring Brings First Flowers

Meteorological Spring Brings First Flowers

Jan 22, 2021

By the conventional calendar spring arrives at the end of the third week in March on the Vernal Equinox. For Front Range gardeners,...

Derice Pfefferkorn

Derice Pfefferkorn

Jan 19, 2021

I met Derice Pfefferkorn in an exercise class a few years ago. She was graceful and seemed close to my age so I noticed her. The mystique...

The Virtues and Vices of Gardening

The Virtues and Vices of Gardening

Jan 19, 2021

The other morning, in a pensive moment at the sink brushing my teeth, this thought occurred to me: the bathroom vanity is the only piece...

Editor's Letter: April 2020

Editor's Letter: April 2020

Apr 1, 2020

March 23 Two weeks after I wrote the letter below, everything has changed. One by one the states where my sisters (and friends) live have...

For Great Veggie Beds, Just Add Leaves

For Great Veggie Beds, Just Add Leaves

Sep 17, 2019

by Jane Shellenberger: In the fall when many municipalities accept or collect leaves for making mulch and compost, which they sell at low...