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Colorado Master Gardeners: Master Gardeners tour Eagle Valley, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Twenty-five Routt County Master Gardeners and Colorado State Extension agent Todd Hagenbuch recently toured several Eagle Valley and Routt County gardens.

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Colorado Master Gardeners: Something totally different — sea holly

My introduction to Eryngium, or sea holly, was at a friend’s garden party earlier this summer. I saw it again a few weeks later in the garden at Eagle’s CSU Extension Office and again at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. It makes me wonder how I missed this striking plant until now.

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Colorado Master Gardeners: Plants need companions too

I learned about companion planting a lifetime ago while studying permaculture and urban gardening in Oregon. When hearing of the term, I still remember my vision of a little, old couple sitting in their rocking chairs, side-by-side, comforted by their similarities and complemented by their differences.

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Colorado Master Gardeners: Spreading dogbane — weed or wildflower?

In David Whiting’s “The Science of Gardening,” landscape weeds have many definitions, including: plants growing where they are unwanted, visually unattractive plants, plants that pose a health or safety hazard and plants that displace more desirable plants in the garden.

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Colorado Master Gardeners: Spirea in the garden

I have several plants hiding in plain sight. Landscaped by the previous owner, my yard has a variety of cultivars tucked into inconspicuous places: hugging a wall, behind a showy perennial, hiding beneath bushes and the like. A white flowering spirea bush is one of them.

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Colorado Master Gardeners: Growing clematis

I went home, inspired to find the clematis growing in my garden and determined to make it healthy.

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Colorado Master Gardeners: Composting in the Yampa Valley

Composting in rural Colorado — a region robust with wildlife and challenged by severe weather — can be tricky, but it can be done.

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Colorado Master Gardeners: Managing whitetop

Have you noticed that the hillsides in Routt County have turned white again? No, Old Man Winter has not returned. What you’re seeing is the bloom of hoary cress, or ‘whitetop,’ one of Routt County’s most aggressive noxious weeds.

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Colorado Master Gardeners: Vole control

When the snow melts in the spring, you may notice tunneling throughout your lawn and damage to the bark of your trees and shrubs. This damage is likely caused by voles.

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Colorado Master Gardeners: CSU Master Gardeners here for you

If, as a gardener, you are looking for advice, information or just camaraderie, look no further. CSU Master Gardener volunteers will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday beginning May 19 and continuing through late August to answer your gardening questions.

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Colorado Master Gardeners: Junior Master Gardener program returns this summer

In collaboration with Routt County Master Gardeners, the Yampa River Botanic Park last summer hosted four Junior Master Gardening workshops for third through fifth graders, and the program is set to return this summer.

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Colorado Master Gardener: Season extenders bring freshies to spring plates

Sick of wilted boxed salad greens and bunches of kale that are past their prime? One of the many things Yampa Valley gardeners have going for us is our cool climate — perfect for cool-season crops and especially greens of all kinds.

Gardening with Deb: Proper care extends life of garden tools

Before you hang up your spades and rakes and put a tarp over your mower, prepare them for winter. You'll extend the life and the utility of your tools by caring for them properly.

Gardening with Deb: Appreciation for the lowly potato

Potatoes have roots going back 7,000 years to the Andean Mountains in South America. Back then, farmers admired the ruggedness, nutritional value and storage attributes of this tuber. It wasn’t until the late 1500s that this vegetable made it over to Europe, but it wasn’t as highly prized there, mainly being fed to hospital inmates.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: Botanic names are a better way to identify your plants

Plant common names can be confusing, so that's why you're more likely to obtain the exact plant you want when you use the botanic, or scientific, name for it.