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Colorado Master Gardeners: CSU Master Gardeners here for you

Susann Allen/For Steamboat Today

Quick: The rain and snow have stopped — or at least slowed down — so let’s get started.

As gardeners, we all have started our path with the interest, desire and eventual love of the craft. Perhaps your interest started early, inspired by a loved one or neighbor, or through a dream of having flower boxes outside your windows, which is where I began as a child. And with all our trials and errors, we look to others to help explain our successes and failures.

In my quest for information, I have quizzed longtime Routt County gardening friends, as well as my 94-year-old grandmother, Wanda; tried every old wives tale; pored over old and new gardening books; and used that “new-fangled” Internet, as my grandmother refers to it. I have completed the CSU Master Gardener Program twice in my quest for answers, in 2005 and again in 2015. You don't have to do all of that, however; if you are looking for gardening 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. We are located in the Routt County CSU Extension office, located on 136 Sixth street in the Routt County Courthouse Annex.

Master Gardeners welcome inquiries of every kind — from flora to fauna, from pests to plant maladies — as well as any other questions you may have. The Extension office is chock full of soil sample kits, books, pamphlets, access to garden site information on the web and the volunteers and their combined knowledge, and all these resources are available for your use.

Having manned the post myself, we welcome all inquiries and try to find solutions to your questions. Oftentimes, a site visit by Master Gardeners may be scheduled with clients to better understand the issues at the exact site in question. Last year, we covered many topics and saw a variety of landscaping issues, including the following.

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• Tree planting problems, (too deep, not removing the root wrap, not enough water, too much water);

• Aspen tree sicknesses (poor things are living to die);

• The dreaded vole (castor oil, bubble gum, pinwheels stuck in ground, crown royal bulbs that smell like skunk to deter);

• What moose browse (almost everything!); and,

• Seedling and weed identification (view plant on site for easier and better identification).

Scheduling a site visit helps define and pinpoint your concerns, more so than a phone call or an email to the office.

This has been a rather wet spring, slowing progress, so what better tool to you, as a gardener, than to have our CSU Master Gardeners on your side with information and advice to help simplify parts of your gardening world and to let you progress to the parts of gardening you love … like weeding.

Contact the CSU Extension Office on Thursdays. We all look forward to helping you achieve your dream and would love to provide a little help.

Susann Allen is a South Routt County native and has been a CSU Master Gardener for more than 10 years. A resident of Phippsburg, Allen is known for her spectacular gardens and property.

If you go

What: Ask a Master Gardener

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday May 19 through late August

Where: Routt County Extension Office, Routt County Courthouse Annex, 136 Sixth Street

Contact information: csumgprogram@co.r…, 970-870-5241.