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Local farm uses unique practices in growing

This week arts and entertainment reporter Audrey Dwyer tours Elkstone Farm to learn about their unique methods of producing agriculture.

Gardening with Deb: Early season wildflowers in bloom now

With the trails drying, native wildflowers are entering full bloom.

Gardening with Deb: Aspens — A mountain town favorite

Aspens, while difficult to grown, are more than worth the effort through all four seasons.

Gardening with Deb: Spring gardening in the mountains

The time has come to begin preparing garden spots.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: A Steamboat garden is where I want to bee

Busy bees make a delightful, and beneficial, addition to gardens.

Gardening with Deb: Again with the grasshoppers

Signs point to another active spring for grasshoppers.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: When to prune shrubs

When should shrubs be pruned? Certain ones can be done right now before they leaf out; others should wait until after they finish flowering.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: Planting seeds — now or in the spring?

To seed or not to seed? With apologies to ol' Will Shakespeare, that is the question asked by many high-country gardeners each fall.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: Growing plants without soil

Growing plants hydroponically avoids one of the biggest problems with indoor plants: over-watering or forgetting to water and then drowning our plants when they start to wilt and wither on us.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: Happiness is … getting dirty

Gardeners always have known a certain joy when getting their hands and feet in the soil. But now scientists have made it official that getting dirty is good for your soul.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: Creepy, crawly and worth keeping around

Observe the bugs in your garden before taking any action against them. You just might discover that those creepy, crawly things in your garden are your friends.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: Dividing perennials in the fall

Now is a good time to propagate many of the perennials in your garden if they’ve become overgrown, if you just want to have more of a particular plant, or if they seem to have lost some of their hardiness.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: Extending your garden season

With fall upon us, now is a great time to enjoy your garden and think about ways to extend the season as we move toward freezing temperatures.

Gardening with Deb Babcock: Mushrooms of the Routt County forest

If you look closely while hiking the forests around Steamboat Springs this fall, you might notice a pretty wide variety of mushrooms that are poking their heads through the leaf litter and conifer needles at the base of our alpine trees, perhaps because of all the wonderful moisture we've gotten this year.

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Gardening with Deb Babcock: Plant garlic now for bigger bulbs next fall

Spaghetti sauce, Caesar salad, shrimp scampi and many other favorite foods have a common ingredient that can be easily grown here in the mountains: garlic.