Deb Babcock

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Deb Babcock, 51, has been writing the weekly gardening column for the newspaper as a volunteer master gardener since May 2000. Master gardeners are volunteers who have completed a course of study through the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension office and provide research-based advice and assistance to local home gardeners. Prior to moving to Steamboat Springs, Deb was a market researcher in Ann Arbor, Mich., and now spends her time gardening, hiking, skiing and creating pottery at her studio, Blue Sky Pottery, in the Pine Grove Center.

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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.

Gardening with Deb: Perennials for large spaces

Garden centers are starting to put their plant stock on sale, so fall is an economical time to fill in some of the spaces in your garden.

Gardening with Deb: Grace your garden with ornamental grasses

Another plant to consider in your Steamboat Springs-area garden is one of the ornamental grasses that grow well here.

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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: Sl__ughs

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

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.

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