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Category Archives: The Garden Buzz

Timely Garden Tips

By Judy Kunz, Colorado Master Gardener Discourage unwelcome critters like squirrels and rabbits from digging in bulb and perennial beds by laying down chicken wire followed by a light covering of evergreen boughs. Organic matter is lacking in many soils along the Front Range. Fallen leaves are like gold, adding organic matter and feeding microorganisms […]

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Humidity for Health

By Paula Szilard, Colorado Master Gardener Colorado is a challenging environment for the tropical plant enthusiast. Many people who grow tropical rainforest plants in Colorado’s dry climate have learned the lessons of humidity the hard way—a failure to thrive, wilting, decline, or sudden death by collapse. The term relative humidity (RH) is very descriptive. It’s […]

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From the Hort Desk – Pollinator Syndromes

By Lisa Mason, CSU Extension Horticulture Agent Now that the days are shorter and the cooler weather is here, this can be a nice time to begin thinking about your garden plans and goals for next season. Are you interested in planting more pollinator-friendly plants? Have you thought about why some plants attract pollinators while […]

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Holiday Containers – Living Christmas Trees

By Kathi Thistlethwaite, Colorado Master Gardener This is the third of a six-part series focusing on container gardening in Colorado. Now that fall is past and beautiful harvest colors are transitioning to winter white, it’s time to turn attention to live plants in holiday containers. What could be more appropriate for the holidays than a […]

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Grow and Give: Addressing Local Food Insecurity

By Lucinda Greene, Colorado Master Gardener Program Coordinator and Assistant Horticulturist The Grow & Give program is a new initiative of the Colorado Master Gardener program, launched in the spring of 2020, to support food insecure populations throughout the state. Modeled on the Victory Garden movement of World War II, this program encourages home gardeners […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Matt Huebschmann

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 Matt Huebschmann. When did you join the Colorado Master Gardener program and why did you join? After several years of being a professional artist, I realized that […]

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Winter Watering: Save Our Plants

By Carol Gilmore, Colorado Master Gardener Colorado has had some crazy weather over the last year and the plants in our landscapes have suffered. First, there was the 50°F temperature drop in October 2019, followed by an extremely dry winter. Then there was another large temperature drop in April that killed a lot of buds […]

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Autumn Yard and Garden Tips

By Judy Kunz, Colorado Master Gardener The first day of autumn is just around the corner. With cooler weather coming, this is an ideal time to get ahead of the chores or simply enhance the overall appearance of your outdoor space. A little time invested in the yard now will pay off when the snow […]

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It’s Autumn and Gardening Ain’t Over Yet

By Donnetta Wilhelm, Colorado Master Gardener I loved helping in my ‘Grandmother’s garden’, and she was an authority at growing dahlia, gladiolus, and begonia—all the old-fashioned, summer-blooming bulbs. Summer blooming bulbs burst forth in beauty after many of her annuals succumbed to the hot summer days. ‘Grandmother’s gardens’ were actually the informal, mixed flower gardens […]

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Fall Containers: Fun, Fresh and Fabulous

By Kathi Thistlethwaite, Colorado Master Gardener FALL…nature’s breathtaking display. Transitioning containers from summer to fall is easy, fun, and can be done with minimal expense. Begin by discarding spent annuals. Leave spikes, tall grasses, and spillers like vinca vine or sweet potato vine. Replace the annuals with any of the fall blooms suggested below 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.