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Category Archives: Horticulture

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Painted Ladies are in town

By Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension Boulder County Gardeners, are you plagued by prickly invaders and freeloaders in your beds? Do some seedy characters come calling and refuse to take the hint and leave? Good news – painted ladies are heading to town, and with their help, you can get some relief from stress […]

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New Books We Should Read….Horticulture-Related

Georgia Jallo Boulder County Master Gardener 2010 Two recent books of interest to gardeners take very different paths through the woods to get to the same place. They both prove again that trees are some pretty remarkable organisms. Some Colorado gardeners would say that they are hard to please and hard to understand.     […]

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More Hort Peeves: Water Wisely!

Summer is heating up! Water wisely! By Mary Marcotte, Colorado Master Gardener Boulder County Larimer County’s Extension Agent, Alison O’Conner, recently coined the phrase “Hort Peeves” in a blog post . I have three of my own hort peeves when it comes to watering. The first is the use of a “fire hose” nozzle to […]

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Ready, Set, Grow: Veggies in Containers

by Tina Shearer, Colorado Master Gardener Container gardening is easy, fun, and productive. I have planters that are waist high, so planting (from seed or small plants) is a breeze with no strain on my back, shoulders, or knees.   There are also wheeled dishes for heavier pots that make them easy to roll around to […]

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Measuring the Marigolds

By Boulder County Master Gardener Mary Marcotte I’ve always loved the charming lullaby that begins “Inchworm, inchworm, measuring the marigolds…”. Call me a snob, but this little tune is the only thing I like with regard to marigolds. Many gardeners, however,are picking up packs of marigolds to plant alongside their vegetable starts, touting the flower’s […]

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Too Much of a Good Thing…

By Georgia Jallo, Boulder County Master Gardener ….can be wonderful, so they say.  But what if we are considering the typical packet of flower or vegetable seeds.  There are lots of them, and usually many more than the usual home gardener can cope with in a single season.  Especially if said home gardener has only […]

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Aphids a hallmark of spring

By Jane Gregg, Colorado Master Gardener Boulder County One of the earliest and most common garden pests is the aphid. We see them early in the spring because eggs, laid on the host plant in fall, hatch and the nymphs begin feeding just as new growth emerges. Although small, 1/8” as an adult, they can […]

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Seed Tape – Next Best Thing to Sliced Bread

By Mary Marcotte, Colorado Master Gardener Boulder County Every once in a while, an idea comes along that makes life so much easier, you wonder how you ever got along without it. Such is the beauty of seed tape. A seed tape is an inch-wide paper ribbon embedded with seeds evenly spaced along the length, […]

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Edible Landscaping – Has Its Day Come and Gone?

By Georgia Jallo, Colorado Master Gardener Boulder County It was way back in 1982 when Rosalind Creasey’s groundbreaking book (published by Sierra Club Books) was the new, big thing in suburban gardening.   Since then, a new edition is out (2010), and imitators abound under the various aliases of Foodscaping, Yardscaping, Lawnscaping….. you get the idea.  […]

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Almost Time to Enjoy the Buzz

By Tina Shearer, Colorado Master Gardener What comes to mind the middle of April? Okay, besides taxes?  Hummingbirds  return this month.   Eleven different types of hummingbirds migrate to Colorado each year.  They are more likely to nest in the foothills and mountains, but even out on the plains, you can entice them to your yard.  […]

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