Tips for Starting a Garden in the Fall

Posted on September 13th, 2014 by +

The time for fall planting often comes sooner than you think, so it’s best to start preparing early. Starting a garden in the fall can bring new life to your landscape long after summer crops have withered. Here are some great tips for starting a bountiful fall garden.

Choose the best spot. The sun is lower in the sky during the fall and winter, which means your summer gardening spot might not be the best for your fall garden. Most plants need around six hours of sunlight each day, which includes cool season vegetables such as kale. In addition to sunlight, it’s important to consider wind …
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The Importance of Autumn Composting

Posted on September 10th, 2014 by +

Composting is an easy way to recycle organic waste, while producing a healthy, sustainable product for your garden. Autumn is the ideal time to focus on creating compost, as well as for adding compost and other amendments to improve soil composition and texture. Here are some of the top benefits of soil improvement and composting in the fall.

Composting puts organic garden debris to excellent use. One of the important garden and landscaping tasks in the fall is to remove dead plants and clear away old stalks, stems and leaves. Nearly all disease-free plant matter, whether green, brown or decayed, can be collected …
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Get the Most Out of Your Second Harvest

Posted on September 7th, 2014 by +

While it may be hard to believe, you can harvest a variety of vegetables, including kale, arugula, carrots, rutabagas and broccoli well into November! If experienced Colorado gardener Ann Caffey can do it right here in her Rocky Mountain garden, so can you. With some prior planning and a little protection, hardy vegetables will continue to produce long into the autumn season.

Augment Your Colorado Garden Design & Get the Most From Your Second Harvest

It won’t take extra work to keep a thrilling amount of extra veggies around your pantry and refrigerator when you’re summer harvest is winding down. Here’s what you need to do:

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Don’t “Fall” Victim to These Gardening Blunders

Posted on September 4th, 2014 by +

Every garden season has its joys, as well as its potential pitfalls. The good news is that many garden and landscape problems are preventable. When fall arrives in Colorado, make sure you avoid the following common garden mistakes.

Forgetting to safeguard plants from wildlife. As temperatures drop, food sources for deer and other creatures dwindle. This can make your plants extra appetizing to hungry animals. Even if you’ve chosen deer-resistant plants, desperate wildlife might nevertheless find your greenery tempting.

You can prevent damage to your garden in several ways. Bring potted plants inside while you’re away and at night, and incorporate deer-proof fencing or repellents. …
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Noxious Weed Prevention Tips

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by +

Noxious weeds can be a serious enemy to your garden. Weed control is important all year round, but it’s especially important in the fall. This is because many weeds become more vulnerable to herbicides during this season, and any weeds left to overwinter in the garden may cause problems the following spring.

Here are tips to prevent these unwelcome guests from invading your landscape.

Know your weeds. Many invasive plants can look like harmless wildflowers to the uninformed gardener. Visit the Colorado Department of Agriculture for a list of invasive weeds. When in doubt, take a sample of any suspicious plants to your local extension office.

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