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 By Carol OMeara    News    November 24, 2021

Care of holiday plants

Celebrating the dark days of winter includes bringing in a few houseplants, and stores are filled with holiday foliage. Pick up a poinsettia - they're a treat for the eyes - then look at some of the...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    October 27, 2021

Halloween mythconceptions

Halloween horrors aren't always connected to the spirits of the dead, even though the ancient holiday is. Some of the spookiest creatures on the planet are products of human imagination trying to expl...

 

Gardening is exercise

I recently underwent a health assessment which involved a lengthy questionnaire on how I care for myself. It was part of a getting acquainted process with a new medical company. Things went smoothly...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    July 28, 2021

Lawns browning from heat

What a difference a high pressure ridge makes. After a cool, rainy warmup to the season, gardeners are shocked to face scorching hot temperatures that broil our gardens and lawns. The high pressure...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    June 9, 2021

Patience is the key to planting

Have you been bitten by the gardening bug and are now itching to plant? The cool, wet weather we've been enjoying has had gardeners impatiently waiting for the soil to warm and the skies to stop...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    May 5, 2021

Grow to Fight Hunger

Lingering impacts from a disrupted world are hitting our community, with hunger a growing problem. Last year, gardeners responded to the crisis by reviving the Victory Garden movement, growing and...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    March 31, 2021

Gardeners, get ready for planting

Spring in Colorado brings out the best in gardeners, who've been pining for the warm, longer days of the growing season. We revel in the first hellebores and crocus to bloom and spend every warm day...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    February 24, 2021

Spring lawn care

The warm weather ahead of the bitter cold snap had many people thinking of spring chores. The recent storms with their snowfall were a welcome drink for parched landscapes, and one of the first...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    February 3, 2021

Restoring Rose Garden on gardeners' wish list

With the change in tenants at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, there's a groundswell of interest in one thing close to gardener's hearts. Quiet and not-so-quiet news articles are calling for the tackling of...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    December 9, 2020

Gifts for Gardeners

From simple pleasures to outright splurges, the season for giving is upon us. As you rush to buy gifts for your gardeners, stop to consider what type of green thumb they have. This will help you...

 

Pumpkin patches are perfect for outdoor fall fun

October is arriving, and it brings a chance for outdoor fun for the family. At this time in fall, we make the annual pilgrimage to pumpkin patches. Prowling in fields or rummaging through bins looking...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    September 2, 2020

Donate to Help Others

Kind hearted people see need in their communities and want to help, but a handful move into action to help solve problems too great for one act to overcome. The folks at Fresh Food Connect and...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    July 29, 2020

A confusion of summer squash problems

Despite my best laid plans, each year the garden brings its own ideas to what will, or won't, be a success. I love the touch of chaos and curve balls it throws my way. But every year there was always...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    June 3, 2020

Rose care

There is a point in summer when gardeners can't show fear. The growing season fills all of our spare time - we're running full tilt, harvesting, weeding, and watering; there's blooms to pick, mulch...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    April 29, 2020

Grow and Give offers free on-line vegetable course

Gardeners are good at sharing with others. We offer advice, give seeds and seedlings or leave zucchini on doorsteps of neighbors. In good or difficult times, gardeners rise to help with small...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    April 1, 2020

It takes a village

It takes a village to raise a child. The popular Igbo proverb takes on more meaning today as our entire community is affected by the shuttering of schools, businesses, and stores. Pundits are...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    March 4, 2020

Spring brings new things

A crocus is trying to bloom in a friend's yard, despite frigid days and snow squalls. She's enchanted by the little plant's effort and, like any gardener at this time of year, is watching its...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    December 25, 2019

Twelve Days of Christmas for gardeners

To celebrate the season, sing along with me (with apologies to the original version of the carol). In the final days of Christmas, the garden calls to me: Twelve seeds-a-sprouting – In late winter,...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    October 23, 2019

Grab some (warm) air between snows to clean garden

The abrupt end to the garden season came with an unseasonable chill, smashing record lows and tying for largest temperature drop in one October day ever recorded. Plants that normally shrug off a...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    October 9, 2019

Goodness, it's gourds

I picked up a packet of gourd seeds last spring with the thought that some of the little, colorful things would look great in my fall décor. I imagined tucking them into nooks near pumpkins, by straw...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    October 2, 2019

Pumpkin patches are perfect for fall fun

October is arriving and with it the annual pilgrimage to pumpkin patches. Prowling in fields or rummaging through bins looking for the perfect jack-o-lantern, we’re all getting into the fall mood....

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    August 14, 2019

Peppers have it made in the shade

If you look forward to perfect peppers, but are disappointed when they get sunburn, there aren’t as many as you thought, or they aren’t as big as you’d like, chances are that you have sunlight...

 
 By Carol OMeara    News    July 24, 2019

A good time to deadhead

This summer has been glorious for flowers, thanks to wet, cooler weather for the first part of the summer. Gardens are showing off, and with a little help from those who tend them, the flowers should...

 

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