Between grasshoppers and the hail storm we experienced a couple weeks ago, gardens in parts of Routt County are in a shambles. Plants and trees have been stripped of their leaves and many plants were so beaten down or chewed up it appears they might not recover from the damage.
The growing season this year started out cool and wet followed by a June with very little rain, and now a July with some wonderful rain storms. How do you manage your garden so plants survive through the dry and rainy spells?
Now that things seem to be getting back on track with the economy locally, more development is occurring in neighborhoods throughout the county. And more development often means less space and privacy in our yards and outdoor spaces. Trees and shrubs in your yard and garden can help you achieve a sense of privacy and personal space.
Recreating a wildflower palette in your yard isn't as simple as strewing a packet of wildflower seeds on top of your soil, as most gardeners who've tried this will tell you. But the rewards of a wildflower patch are worth the work involved to create this informal, natural landscape.
When I was a little girl, I had to be careful going outdoors barefoot in the summer because our yard had sharp plants in it that I called "pickers." Now as an adult and a Master Gardener, I've learned that these weeds are thistles and they are not simply a problem for tender feet, they're actually harmful to our environment and our animals.
Rhubarb is a cold hardy plant that thrives in our mountain environment. It grows best in a southern exposure with minimal shade.
Even though our growing season is pretty short here in the Yampa Valley, there are many vegetables that can be grown from seed. This includes most root vegetables, many leafy vegetables, some herbs and a few others.
The United States Department of Agriculture updated its map of the country's planting zones two years ago — the first update since 1990. The map, originally published in 1960, looks at every state, including Hawaii, Alaska and the territory of Puerto Rico, and classifies them into planting zones by 10 degree differences.
The melting snow has given way to lushness here in the Yampa Valley that many homeowners would like to capitalize on and maintain throughout our hot, dry summer.
If your soil has been well-tended by the addition of compost and mulches, there may be no need for supplemental fertilizer. This is especially true with ornamentals since you also can recycle the spent plant materials back into the soil providing all the necessary nutrients for the next growing season.
There’s a new initiative to send more vegetables to LIFT-UP of Routt County. It’s taking root within the greater movement to encourage locally grown food in Northwest Colorado, and it’s called “Grow a Row.”
Almost all of the trees and shrubs that grow here in the high mountains, as well as many plants, can become infested with aphids.
Like most garden enthusiasts, I spend a great deal of time throughout the year thinking about my garden and planning for the coming season. In February and March, my mailbox is crowded with seed and garden supply catalogs.
The entrance to the house of my friends, Kathleen and Rocco, was left in its natural state. There are some gambol oak, serviceberry and chokecherry trees and native grasses, but what I especially love about their entrance in the springtime is a merry drift of daffodils that pops up through the grasses.
Asparagus is one of only a few perennial vegetable crops. It is a cold weather plant that, once established, can live for 15 years. Asparagus, however, is not a plant for the impatient gardener.