Insects & Spiders

An Herb a Day Keeps Mosquitoes Away

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) wants you to know this is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. You are aware of mosquitoes, aren’t you? That’s what I thought! Mosquitoes are certainly annoying, but they can also spread West Nile virus. That’s why it’s important for gardeners to do all they can to control these insect […]

What’s so special about honeybees?

Today may be the official end to National Pollinator Week, but the work of bees — and gardeners — continues. Please keep adding plants to your garden that attract bees with the nectar and pollen they need. Stop using pesticides in your garden that can harm bees. Register your pollinator garden with the Pollinator Partnership […]

Behold Some Important Facts About Bees

I hope the idea of National Pollinator Week has inspired you to consider ways to help the pollinators in your garden. If you’re looking for even more inspiration, there’s a book I’d like to recommend to you. “Letters from the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind” is a book from Dr. Stephen […]

Moth emerges from garage, lives to tell about it

When John was trimming the red twig dogwood shrubs earlier this season, he found a cocoon clinging to one of the newly pruned branches. The cocoon looked like a tightly wrapped bunch of leaves and it had some weight to it, too. He left the cocoon, still attached to its branch on the patio table […]

Solitary Bees Like These Simple Homes

There’s no place like home for a solitary bee, or so the old saying should go. While this week in June is set aside as National Pollinator Week, we really should celebrate pollinators every week of the year. One way to celebrate is to invite bees into your yard with little bee houses. The simple […]

The National Pollinator Network Needs Your Garden

Plant and bee counted! We’re celebrating National Pollinator Week and need gardeners across the country to join in. You don’t have to have a large garden; any size garden is an important part of the gardening network to help take care of pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds and even bats. Every seed orĀ  plant that […]

Plant for Pollinators During National Pollinator Week

Celebrate National Pollinator Week by planting the flowers bees, butterflies and hummingbirds like the most.

Organic Gardening Tip Protects Cucumber Seedlings

I hate it when something eats my cucumbers before I do. Especially before they even get the chance to grow into those cool fruits. Cucumber seedlings are especially attractive to garden pests, but I think I’ve found a simple, organic gardening method to outsmart the hungry critters, like cutworms and birds. Last season, the trouble […]

Organic Gardening Tips for Slugs

Be on the lookout for slugs in your garden. The rainy weather is sure to bring out these slimy critters. Slugs may look like harmless pinkish-blobs of goo, but they can cause a lot damage in the garden. These disgusting pests usually appear in my garden after prolonged periods of rainy weather. It can sometimes […]

Start the Gardening Season with the New Edition of The Colorado Gardener’s Companion

The second edition of my first book is ready in time for gardening season! I worked over the winter months to fill this new edition with more of everything to help Colorado gardeners grow great gardens starting now. The Denver Post newspaper calls the new edition of my gardening book an “an essential manual” for […]

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