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 By Adrian Card    News    March 30, 2022

New survey documents Boulder County agricultural constraints

Farming and ranching in the urban interface has unique challenges and opportunities. Boulder County, with roughly one-third of its 740 square miles (157,000 acres of 470,000 acres) on the plains, is...

 
 By Deryn Davidson    News    March 23, 2022

Time to wake up the garden, or is it?

Our clocks have sprung forward, longer days are upon us and warmer weather is on the horizon. Of course, we should be prepared to get blasted with more cold days and hopefully some snow, but we are...

 

Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference

What's the buzz about native plants? Find out at the 7th Annual Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference! Experts in horticulture, ecology and landscape design share how to plan, plant and...

 
 By Sharon Bokan    News    December 8, 2021

Drought in Colorado

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the latest first measurable snowfall (0.5") in Boulder was November 26, 1910 (although the records prior to 1948 are suspect)....

 
 By Sharon Bokan    News    October 20, 2021

Planning a windbreak

As we head into the windier and hopefully snowier time of year, now is the time to make plans to plant a windbreak on your small acreage next spring. Windbreaks make your yard less windy, prevent...

 

The apple, harbinger of autumn

Along with all the garden bounty that comes this time of year is one of my favorites, the apple. It is a crop that has deep roots here along the Front Range. Young and mature apple trees can be found...

 
 By Sharon Bokan    News    September 8, 2021

What makes weeds so successful?

What characteristics make weeds so successful with the ability to annoy us and resist our attempts to eliminate them from our properties? Weeds are non-native plants that have been brought here...

 
 By Adrian Card    News    August 18, 2021

Join the CSU extension for a tour of area produce farms

Are you ready to see behind the curtain and understand more about area produce farms? On Aug. 28, join in a bus tour of produce farms in Boulder and Adams Counties ranging from two – 2000 acres, direct to consumer and wholesale, and hear what it...

 
 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 Adrian Card    News    July 21, 2021

As threats remain, patronage key to local produce viability

For many of us, the post-Covid return to normal is still largely an aspiration. While most of Colorado is enjoying not having to wear masks in public places and finding socializing readily available,...

 
 By Deryn Davidson    News    June 23, 2021

It's always a good time to celebrate pollinators

We are already deep into June, but did you know that this month is Colorado Pollinator Month? And June 21-27 is National Pollinator Week? The City of Boulder celebrates Pollinator Appreciation Month...

 
 By Sharon Bokan    News    June 16, 2021

Thistles, the good, the bad and the native

When we see a plant and it is prickly, we automatically assume it is a thistle and therefore it is a bad plant. The Oxford Dictionary defines a thistle as "a widely distributed herbaceous plant of...

 
 By Adrian Card    News    May 12, 2021

2021 Water Year: South Platte Basin leading the pack, farmers delayed in planting

In farming and ranching, much depends on the weather. And unlike a business with a roof (apologies to our controlled environment producers who can be immune) there are myriad weather factors our...

 
 By Deryn Davidson    News    April 28, 2021

Not all compost is created equal

On a recent sunny afternoon, I was talking with Niwot resident Alicia Livitt about compost for her garden. She was explaining that she would like a compost pile, but didn't really see where one would...

 
 By Sharon Bokan    News    April 7, 2021

Seed labels

We are told to read labels and instructions on just about everything we purchase,whether it is a new cell phone, food or pesticide. This is also the case with seed. If you purchase your seed from a...

 
 By Sharon Bokan    News    March 31, 2021

Who's knocking on my house?

You'll know when they're back by their drumming on your roof vents or the side of your house (I spotted the first one this year on Feb. 22 pecking a telephone pole). You may love them or hate them...

 
 By Deryn Davidson    News    March 24, 2021

Spring storms bring needed moisture

One thing that many gardeners have in common is, they pay attention to weather. Especially precipitation levels here in the semi-arid west. So, it may come as no surprise to some of you that...

 
 By Adrian Card    News    March 10, 2021

Amid the challenges, hopeful spots for agriculture

Agriculture in Colorado can be in a state of challenging realities. Like all spots on terrestrial earth, we are surrounded by abundant nitrogen in the air, but we are unable to get this essential...

 
 By Sharon Bokan    News    March 3, 2021

Keeping your chicks healthy

You decided that you want to keep a few chickens so that your family has fresh eggs. You have all the equipment to house and feed them, but how do you keep them healthy? The first step which should...

 
 By Adrian Card    News    February 24, 2021

Boulder County 2021 Water Year: Dry forecasted

It seems the old Chinese adage (curse?), "May you be born in interesting times," continues to play on from 2020 into 2021. Atop Covid-19, business pivots from farmers markets and foodservice accounts...

 
 By Sharon Bokan    News    February 17, 2021

Winter weed management

While this may not seem to be the best time of year for weed management, it is a good time to start dealing with winter annual and biennial weeds and planning your strategy for the 2021 growing...

 
 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...

 

Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants conference goes virtual

Gardening with native plants is not a new concept. There are people who have been doing it for a long time, but it's not what I would call, mainstream. It is, however, gaining in popularity as people...

 
 By Adrian Card    News    January 13, 2021

Managing risks for local food production

When did our world become one of so much risk management? Was it always this way but now the risks are shared among so many? A year of masks and Covid bubbles with a summer and fall of wildfire smoke, we are suddenly, hopefully more united in common...

 
 By Sharon Bokan    News    January 6, 2021

Seeding native grasses in landscapes

Native grasses can be used in a landscape either as specimen plants, or for a bluegrass lawn alternative or to create a native prairie landscape. While a native grass lawn or prairie landscape is not...

 

New Year's Resolutions for the garden

Once holiday celebrations wrap up and 2020 comes to a close (hooray), it is time to start thinking about the new year. Are you someone who makes New Year's resolutions? For a lot of people, things...

 
 By Sharon Bokan    News    December 16, 2020

Protecting your plants from larger mammals

In previous articles, I have written about the damage rodents and small mammals cause to your landscape plants, but larger mammals such as deer, elk and bobcats can damage landscape plants too. Deer...

 
 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...

 
 By Sharon Bokan    News    November 18, 2020

Fall rodent visitors

As the weather cools and bears are headed to hibernation, mice may be seeking the warmth of your home and voles may be setting up their homes in your landscaping. How do you keep these unwanted visito...

 

Fifth annual Colorado Pollinator Summit goes virtual

Earlier this summer I wrote about June being Colorado Pollinator Month. The City of Boulder celebrates Pollinator Appreciation Month in September. More and more people are becoming aware of the import...

 
 By Sharon Bokan    News    October 14, 2020

Home Composting

Special to the Courier Trees are beginning to lose their leaves, your garden plants are done and if you don't have access to commercial composting pickup, you may want to try composting them in your...

 
 By Adrian Card    News    September 23, 2020

Final call for 2020 local produce

It is a grand understatement to assert that life has been an interesting ride for 2020. Our food system and consumer behaviors during this time have made it through some challenging adjustments and st...

 
 By Adrian Card    News    July 1, 2020

Local food crop loss and insurance costs

Agricultural risk is an interesting concept to non-farmers. Imagine you are self-employed, and your business is not only highly dependent on the weather, it can be crushed by it. People have various mental models of what they think your business is...

 
 By Deryn Davidson    News    June 24, 2020

June is Colorado Pollinator Month

As the heat sets in and our early spring flowers fade and give way to summer blooms and vegetable gardens, you might have pollination on your mind. If not, maybe you should! Simply put, pollination...

 
 By Adrian Card    COVID-19    May 13, 2020

Food systems and priorities in the time of COVID-19

Eating at home more lately? You are not alone. Consumer food demand has pivoted abruptly over the past two months from about 50% of meals consumed outside of the home to virtually none. My...

 

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