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Spring cleaning can mean a lot of different things for a garden—from cleaning your tools (if you didn’t do this before the end of last season) to sorting seeds to preparing beds. All of these tasks are important to creating a garden you’ll want to... more

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I’ve been pouring through seed catalogs recently, looking for plants that will make up this year’s garden. Each year, I like to try at least one “experiment-for-me” plant. Last year, it was ground cherries—which I expected (because I didn’t... more

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A friend of mine likes to joke that February is the worst month because, by then, everyone is sick of winter. She lives in New York, so in addition to that Arctic chill felt by so much of the country, she also endured the bomb cyclone, followed by... more

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Recently, a friend and I sat at Atomic Cowboy on Colfax discussing our stakes in things we’re passionate about and I spoke about both working with young people and nurturing the earth. My friend asked me to explore this further—the links, what’s... more

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December brings the shortest day of the year (Thursday, Dec. 21st, this year). For a lot of people, these short days are difficult. For me, that was the case for a long time, until I began to think about this as a season for drawing into dormancy. more

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We keep gardens for different purposes: to create beauty, to provide food for ourselves or for other animals, to grow our own medicines, to occupy our hands, to build the soil, to connect with those who came before us or those to whom we’ll leave... more

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Harvest season is an opportunity for reflection. The shorter days mean more time to consider what worked well in our gardens and what we’d like to change for next year. It’s an opportunity to start (or continue!) putting up food or saving seeds or... more

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You may have noticed a little jewel of a beetle munching away at your garden this year. This beetle, a member of the scarab family, is the Japanese beetle (Popilla japonica), and can wreak havoc on your plants. For the most part, we are concerned... more

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Gardens have a way of creeping into our hearts, and can help us re-center ourselves with the more-than-human world. Take a moment, and think about a garden you remember fondly. Maybe that garden is currently in your life or maybe it is from... more

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“Water, sun and God,” are the three ingredients that Timothy Payne says make his garden grow. Sporting a wide-brimmed sun hat, Payne is out three times every day making sure his vegetables are getting enough water. He eats his vegetables or shares... more

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They’re so pretty in the sun with their iridescent coppery wings folded over their backs ... and their grabby, rasp-like mouth parts skeletonizing everything in their path. They like what we like—roses, grape arbors, Virginia creeper, tomatoes... more

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I spent one recent weekend weeding my garden of lamb’s quarters and mallow. Both are edible if you’re so inclined, the way you’d use most other leafy greens: cooked or raw. For my purposes I was pulling them, then leaving them where they fell... more

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People in Colorado are fond of saying, “Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes!” While that is a reference to how the mountains influence the weather, it is also a testament to... more

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Gardening in small areas—such as apartment balconies or the one sunny window in your apartment—can seem daunting if you’ve never done any form of micro-gardening. But even if you’re living with limited opportunities for gardening, you have options! more

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April showers bring May flowers is a phrase I grew up with—and many of you probably did, too. The history of this phrase goes back centuries, and while it may not seem applicable here (after all, crocuses were popping up in February this year)... more

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With a handful of deceptively warm days in February, it’s tempting to believe winter’s over. On one of those warm nights, I sat with a friend at my kitchen table. Between us, we spread packet of sees, plotting which ones we might exchange with... more

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This winter, I made vermicomposting my garden project. Vermicomposting—or composting with worms—is something I put off for a long time. I made excuses: I didn’t have a place to put the worm castings that would eventually be produced because of... more

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It is with sadness we must wish our longtime Gardening Columnist Joan Hinkemeyer farewell. As Joan will relate, it's time for her to head off to other pursuits. more

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December offers both the darkest and the most optimistic of days for gardeners, but, unfortunately, there is much time between each state. The ever-shorter, darker days of the early part of this Cold Moon month can envelop... more

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November seems to be merely a muted cousin of colorful October, but the landscape’s soft shades of beige and brown offer a sense of tranquility after a long growing season. Now nature slowly draws the curtain... more

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