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Gardening with Deb: Plants that handle foot traffic

Of the many beautiful gardens in Routt County, my favorites feature meandering pathways that lead you through the beds of plants. For plants that are intended to be trodden upon, gardeners should look for a ground cover plant that is low growing, spreads easily and is dense enough to inhibit weeds.

Gardening with Deb: Phone apps for plant identification

When I go hiking, I usually take a wildflower book with me to aid in plant identification. When I recently looked into some phone apps that help identify plants, I thought, “what a great idea: Save the weight of a book and maybe save some time flipping through the pages to find the flower.” Unfortunately, the two I used and others I looked into have several drawbacks here in the mountains of Colorado.

Gardening with Deb: Assessing tree problems

Because trees are among the most expensive and most loved of the plants in our landscapes, we tend to pay particular attention to their health. If you think your trees may be experiencing problems, there are steps to help determine the problem and efficiently deal with it.

Gardening with Deb: Raised garden beds: A versatile way to plant

Last week, a group of Master Gardeners and friends visited seven gardens in the Steamboat area, learning about the different ways local gardeners organize and maintain their flower and vegetable gardens. One common technique employed in many of these gardens was the use of raised beds.

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Gardening with Deb: Daylilies: A good choice for Routt County gardens

Although they are not true lilies, daylilies are a wonderful garden plant for borders, patio containers and ground cover that crowds out weeds and offers long-lasting color. Many daylily varieties flourish in our mountain climate.

Gardening with Deb: Buzz off!

With the wet spring and now some July rains, the ground is saturated in places, with standing water in low spots, which combine to form a great breeding grounds for mosquitos. A number of products are now available to ward off mosquitoes, but your first line of defense is to remove their nearby breeding grounds.

Gardening with Deb: Top six reasons your seeds didn't grow

It's so disappointing to prepare your garden, plant the seeds and wait in vain for the flowers or the vegetables that should and usually do come up pretty quickly.

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Gardening with Deb Babcock: The Yampa plant and other edible natives

Last week I wrote about some of the poisonous plants of the area that you surely never want to ingest. This week, I'll tell you about a few of the edible natives that grow in Routt County forests and meadows.

Gardening with Deb: Poisonous plants of Routt County

Many plants are as poisonous as they are beautiful.

Gardening with Deb: Sl__ughs

With the wet spring we've experienced this year, many gardeners are having problems with slugs

Gardening with Deb: Gardening with children

Gardening is a great way to enjoy fun and productive activities with children this summer.

Gardening with Deb: Botanic Park a wonderful resource

Botanic Park is a tremendous asset to our community.

Gardening with Deb: Rock gardens a natural for mountain towns

In every direction, a Yampa Valley resident is mesmerized by majestic vistas of mountains, cliffs, boulders and Alpine terrain. So why not bring some of that majesty home to your backyard garden?

Gardening with Deb: Plant now for fall color

Many perennials will bloom in the fall at our altitude … and many of our spring and summer blooming plants will reflower in the fall if we're quick about cutting them down once they’ve finished their first bloom.

Gardening with Deb: Understanding your garden soil

Soil pH levels can have a profound effect on gardening efforts.

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