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Monthly Archives: April 2020

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Next Democracy in Action with the State Team on Monday Night!

Join FLTI Alumni and participants from across the state for the next Democracy in Action session hosted by the FLTI Colorado State Team! This week series, will feature representatives of Colorado Jeni Arndt for Colorado (D – House District 53) and Hugh McKean, Colorado House of Representatives-House District 51 ( R-House District 51). Register at: […]

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Fort Collins Condemns Rise of Xenophobic Behaviors

Chief Swoboda of Fort Collins Police Services put out a public message today condemning an increase in xenophobic behavior towards Asian residents due to COVID-19. We’re grateful to see a city leader use their platform to encourage inclusive, informed, and engaged communities. We want to hear from our Asian family leaders throughout Colorado: how have […]

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Tomato Troubles? It’s Not Your Fault!

By Evelyn Alton, Colorado Master Gardener 2019 was a very challenging year for gardeners. Many vegetables protested in their growth and production; however, the tomato appeared to be the most passive aggressive of them all! What happened? Tomatoes are very temperature sensitive; while temperatures above freezing may not have visible damage to the plant itself, […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Denis Derylo

Colorado Master Gardener℠ (CMG) volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about sharing gardening, landscape and horticulture education. This month we are highlighting Denis Derylo. “I enrolled in the Master Gardener program in 2002. Growing up in a suburb of Chicago where everyone grew vegetables in their yards, I fell […]

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The Arapahoe County Plant Diagnostic Clinic

By Jeff Cole, Colorado Master Gardener Does your crabapple tree have sick branches that look like this? This crabapple tree is showing signs of fire blight. Fire blight is a bacterial disease that affects some of the plants in the rosacea (Rose) family, especially apples, pears and crabapples. Some years, we can see large infestations […]

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Small Space Gardening

By Kathi Thistlethwaite, Colorado Master Gardener The techniques used in a small garden are the same for a large garden, with an additional consideration: scale. For example, large-leaf hostas in a small shade garden would not work as well as a small-leaf variety. Light, water, soil condition and fertilization for a particular plant need to […]

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The Fascinating Lives of Butterflies

By Lisa Mason, CSU Extension Horticulture Agent The season for butterflies is upon us! I have seen a few painted lady butterflies so far, but more are on their way. Last month in the Special Edition Pollinator Garden issue, I wrote a little about butterflies, but I wanted to expand on this topic because butterflies […]

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Out of Africa, at Home in Colorado

By Paula Szilard, Colorado Master Gardener Delospermas in all colors have become the jewels that adorn our gardens. Who could have imagined this variety of iridescent colors when we only had purple and yellow ones? The blossoms of these plants, commonly known as ice plants, open up to the sun and sparkle like precious stones. […]

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Reader’s Corner

By Martha Kirk, Colorado Master Gardener Recommended book: Pruning Made Easy: A Gardener’s Visual Guide to When and How to Prune Everything, from Flowers to Trees, Lewis Hill, Hardback, Storey Publishing, October 2016. This authoritative guide includes more than 300 step-by-step illustrations to clearly demonstrate the correct pruning procedures for a variety of trees, shrubs, […]

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High Tech Gardening Help

By Donnetta Wilhelm, Colorado Master Gardener As a child, I would run my finger across the spines of the 24-volume set of Encyclopedia Britannica books on my grandfather’s bookcase and marvel at the knowledge contained within. Fast forward numerous decades and I run my finger across the yard, garden and insect Apps on my phone—and […]

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Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.