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Volunteer Spotlight: Debbie Moody

Congratulations to Master Gardener Volunteer Debbie Moody for being chosen Arapahoe County Extension’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year! Debbie received the honor because of her dedication to the Master Gardener program, her leadership and her commitment to the education of both the public and her fellow volunteers, thereby fulfilling the mission and vision of the […]

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Sarah’s Science-Based Sustainability Video Series

Check Facebook Live videos of CSU Extension Intern, Sarah Viders sharing tips and tricks on leading a more sustainable life. She covers topics such as native plants, water conservation, recycling and more. You can catch her videos live on Fridays at noon through July 31 on the Arapahoe County Master Gardener Facebook page or watch […]

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Botanic Road Trips

By Martha Kirk, Colorado Master Gardener In need of some garden therapy? How about a road trip? Summer is the time to get outside and smell the flowers. Literally. We put together a list of recommended places where you can enjoy the beautiful outdoors and colorful gardens. So, gather the family and get going. CSU […]

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Extending Excellence Regional Award

By Tim Aston, CSU Extension Arapahoe County Director and Judy Kunz, Colorado Master Gardener And the winner is . . . Arapahoe County’s Master Gardener Coordinator and Native Plant Master Lucinda Greene! Lucinda conceived and spearheaded the planning and installation of the Native Plant Pollinator Garden located at the Arapahoe County Extension Office in Centennial. The […]

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Use Indicator Weeds for a Healthy Lawn

By Pam Rosendal, Colorado Master Gardener Summer is here. Trees are green and flowers are blooming, and so are those darn weeds! Every year homeowners fight weeds in their lawns and every year they come back. With a little detective work and some changes to your lawn care program, weeds can be kept at bay. […]

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My Ash Tree Didn’t Leaf Out!

By Lisa Mason, CSU Extension Horticulture Agent We have been receiving many calls this summer about trees not leafing out. Are they dead? What do I do? What if my HOA wants me to remove my “dead” tree? Will the tree bounce back? Colorado is a tough place for trees to grow! In addition to […]

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Growing Vegetables in Containers

By Kathi Thistlethwaite, Colorado Master Gardener This is the first of a six-part series focusing on container gardening in Colorado.      While most vegetables can be grown in containers, follow these steps to help your vegetables thrive. Gradually acclimate your vegetables to the outdoor conditions before you put them outside permanently. This is known as hardening […]

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Is Your Evergreen Brown? No Need to Frown

By Kirsten Saunders, Apprentice Master Gardener Last winter wasn’t so hard on me. Most days were bright and we rarely had to pull out our trusty snowblower. Last winter, however, was terrible for my evergreens. First, temperatures plummeted over 50 degrees in 24 hours in mid-October, shocking the evergreens before they were hardened off for […]

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Enjoy a Superfoods Garden

By Paula Peirce, Apprentice Master Gardener Gardening has many rewards. Among the rewards of a vegetable garden are the delicious fresh vegetables we enjoy. Many of us are thinking about eating more “superfoods.” Superfoods are foods that are high in vitamins, minerals and other healthful nutrients. Although there is no clear definition of a superfood, […]

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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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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.