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How to Transform a Landscape into a Xeriscape

About 16 years ago, after months of house hunting, the realtor stopped in front of a little ranch-style house and I instantly knew I was home. This one definitely had curb appeal and it spoke to me. The house was shaded by a large ash tree on one side of the yard and a small […]

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 […]

How to Plant and Grow a Healthy Tree

Why would anyone intentionally kill a new tree? That’s the thought that crossed my mind when I saw this little tree while walking through my neighborhood. Obviously, these folks wanted to grow a tree. They invested money in buying a tree, they spent time digging a planting hole and they even took time to stake […]

Add a Tropical Planter to any Patio Garden

My dry Colorado garden is thousands of miles away from Hawaii’s sandy shores, but I can still enjoy the tropics in my own patio garden. All I need is a large tropical-looking container, a few tropical plants and some Tiki torches to create the perfect mood. For this tropical planter I chose a Tropicanna Canna […]

Planting Miniclover as a New Lawn Alternative

Here’s a step-by-step how-to guide on planting a Miniclover lawn with seeds from

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 […]

How to Start Vegetable Seeds for Gardening

There’s a lot going on in my basement these days. The eggplant and pepper seeds have germinated and the tiny plants are shedding their seed coat to show off their seed leaves. As these cotyledons grow, they’ll form their first “true leaves.” The tomato seeds I carefully saved at the end of last season will […]

New Gardening Ideas for 2015

What’s new in gardening this year? Here are some interesting ideas I saw at the ProGreen Expo last week. ProGreen is the premier Rocky Mountain regional green industry conference held annually in Denver. Expanded shale is the new way to amend clay soil. When incorporated into soil, the expanded shale improves soil drainage, but it […]

Midsummer Report on Harris Seeds Trials

I’m pleased that Harris Seeds invited me to be part of another Home Garden Trials this season. Harris Seeds of Rochester, New York, invited members of the Garden Writers Association to once again test flower and vegetable varieties in our home gardens this season. I’m one of 100 GWA members who selected varieties for planting […]

New Ideas in Straw Bale Gardening

I can’t think of a single gardener who wouldn’t want to plant a vegetable garden that could grow anywhere–without soil—and never needed weeding. When something sounds too good to be true, in most cases it means watch out for all the pitfalls. Gardeners are used to hearing claims for plants, products and tools that sound […]

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