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Joan Hinkemeyer

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

Jan 6, 2017 3:45 PM , Local Gardening

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

Dec 7, 2016 7:46 AM Local Gardening

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

Nov 7, 2016 10:17 AM Local Gardening

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 on her colorful production from last... more

Nov 3, 2016 1:05 PM Local Gardening

October is Colorado’s blue and gold month. No, I’m not becoming a sports writer in my dotage. It’s just that the canopies of golden trees silhouetted against cloudless cobalt blue skies excite us to revelry. more

Oct 3, 2016 12:59 PM Local Gardening

September, the Harvest Moon month, is a love-hate month for gardeners. This month brings dramatic changes to our landscapes. Although this is an annual occurrence, we somehow are always emotionally unprepared. more

Sep 6, 2016 5:00 PM Local Gardening

August, the Green Corn Moon month, is our last full month of summer and the time when harvests reward our gardening efforts. more

Jul 31, 2016 9:39 PM Local Gardening

July is a heat-and-growth month. Unfortunately, its plants, especially weeds and insects, grow, while gardeners feel the heat and wilt. Don’t succumb to those waves of ennui and lassitude that threaten to overwhelm you. more

Jul 2, 2016 10:57 AM Local Gardening

June is a month of excitement and anticipation for all gardeners. The fresh glories of nature have caused poets and songwriters to rhapsodize with “What is so rare as a day in June?” or “June is bustin’ out all over.” more

Jun 2, 2016 11:49 AM Local Gardening

May is the month gardeners await. Since May 5 is our last average frost-free date, it’s shovels, spades, trowels and muscles ready for the race. more

May 5, 2016 11:58 AM Local Gardening

Four hundred years later poet Robert Browning waxed eloquent, wishing to be in England: “now that April’s here.” Can you imagine a poetic ode to January or November? more

Mar 31, 2016 3:14 PM Local Gardening

March is an indecisive, two-faced month with one face pointing towards spring while the other is turned stubbornly to winter. In Colorado, March is also a temptress. Her siren song lures us with days so balmy we even want to plant a tomato or two. more

Mar 3, 2016 3:50 PM Local Gardening

During this month of love when the commercial world is urging us to buy cards, candy and plants in honor of some long-age fellow named Valentine, our houseplants are showing us love by responding to the increased daylight with new growth. more

Feb 4, 2016 1:13 PM Local Gardening

January brings the optimism of a new growing year. Gardeners regard this month with renewed energy. That old sun did return, and now each day is noticeably longer as the sun rises ever higher. more

Jan 1, 2016 1:03 PM Local Gardening

As darkness threatens to envelope us during the early weeks of this Cold Moon month, even hot chocolate or strong coffee can’t banish gardeners’ gloom. more

Dec 4, 2015 7:45 AM Local Gardening

Tranquil November is an introverted month of muted beige and browns. It’s a time when nature exhales slowly as if to say, “I’m weary; it’s time for a rest.” more

Nov 6, 2015 7:31 AM Local Gardening

These days of crystal clear blue skies, calm air and exploding colors mentally turn us into carefree children frolicking across mountain sides, scuffing through leaves or merely being indolent adults lying in the sun to absorb, absorb, absorb. more

Oct 1, 2015 9:52 AM Local Gardening

September, the harvest moon month, is a mountain/valley kind of month for gardeners. Summer clings to the early days of the month, lulling us into complacency. Yet time passes, the days shorten, nights become cooler and frost lurks. more

Sep 3, 2015 7:43 AM Local Gardening

August, the last full month of summer, should have us pondering the distribution of our harvest excess. This year most of us wish we could be fortunate enough to have such a problem. more

Jul 30, 2015 11:57 AM Local Gardening

July’s blistering heat assaults gardeners’ energy levels while weeds and insects thrive. Both are even more prolific than usual this year because of the excess moisture. more

Jul 2, 2015 2:46 PM Local Gardening