Are You America’s Best Gardener?

Could you be one of America’s Best Gardeners? Maybe! That’s if you’re willing to enter your indoor garden, ornamental garden or vegetable garden in the 2017 America’s Best Gardener contest, sponsored by Seedlingers. Not sure your garden can stand up to the competition? Perhaps a $10,000 grand prize will convince you to enter! America’s Best […]

Improve your Small-Space Vegetable Gardening with this Special Summer Discount

At my house, summer gardening dreams are all about growing a bountiful vegetable garden — one filled with a variety of ripe and juicy heirloom tomatoes. All of these tomatoes, from the smoky Black Krims to the small yellow pear tomatoes, grew in my small-space vegetable garden. Some grew in the postage-stamp sized 6 x […]

How to Save Money While Gardening

Landscape designer, horticulturist and author Maureen Gilmer’s book, The Small Budget Gardener: All the Dirt on Saving Money in Your Garden hit the bookstores a few years ago, but her frugal gardening advice will never go out of style. In fact, you can snatch up a copy of her book at a bargain, too. I […]

June Blogathon Means 30 Days of Gardening Tips

John Cabot climbing rose is a great plant for all zones.

Save Water with Container Gardening

Gardeners in drought-stricken areas are wondering if they should plant a vegetable garden this season. It’s a good question because research shows that up to 60 percent of household water is used outside. And up to 40-50 percent of that water is wasted because of inefficient irrigation systems and methods. I live in a part […]

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 […]

Thanks for Six Years of Reading WesternGardeners.com

It was six years ago when I hit “publish” for the first time on WesternGardeners.com. It was a big moment then because there weren’t many gardening blogs around and certainly not many focused on gardening in such a challenging climate. A lot has happened with my garden writing since then. Is it too much of […]

Gardening Information Grows at ProGreen

The annual ProGreen Expo wrapped up a week of activities that included dozens of informative seminars and a trade show targeted to members of the green industry. It would be difficult to choose a favorite educational session, because all were filled with good information. I especially enjoyed Mike Bone’s presentation called “A Steppe in the […]

Water gardening ideas from Parade of Ponds

Colorado’s Parade of Ponds provides inspiration for creating your own water garden and raises funds for nonprofit organizations in the process. If you plan to spend time on the Parade of Ponds this weekend, just be prepared for what might happen. I know a couple who¬† spent $25 to take the bus tour and ended […]

Weird veggie and funny fruit contest

Help celebrate my 100th blog post with a Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit Contest. Here’s my best effort–a cherry tomato that looks like the late comedian Buddy Hackett. Have you ever grown a potato that looks like Mickey Mouse or a carrot that resembles a hippo? Ever seen an apple shaped like a duck or […]

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