One of these days it’s going to stop snowing so we can start gardening. If you’re a gardener in the Rocky Mountain region, you know how challenging gardening can be. After all, it was 60 degrees yesterday and 29 degrees today. That’s a shock to plants and gardeners alike.
Here are some of my top tips for Mountain Region gardeners from my Creative Ideas Team blog.
Easy Gardening Tips for how to:
45 timely tips for what to do in your garden, from March through December.
If your garden is lacking spring color, you need to make a list of these spring-blooming bulbs that are perfect for fall planting.
Today’s post is from Deb Courtner, a landscape designer, garden writer and speaker who creates low-maintenance landscapes for busy homeowners. She owns and operates Blossoms & Blueprints, LLC, a landscape design and consulting firm in Denver, Colo. She also shares this image of “creative bindweed use.” Visit her blog for more helpful landscaping tips.
Summertiiiiime and the livin’ is crazy . . . forest fires, Stage 1 drought, weeds galore, plants wilting left and right.
What’s a gardener to do?
These tips may help you cope with hot, dry weather:
Go long on grass. If you have Kentucky bluegrass, don’t mow your lawn any lower than 3 inches. Taller grass blades shade the soil and help conserve moisture. They also reduce weeds.
Gardeners across the country contributed their green gardening tips to celebrate Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary.
Many thanks to all the gardeners who shared their green gardening tips on Earth Day–each of you deserves a bouquet of spring flowers from my garden for taking time to post your suggestions for how to grow greener.
According to this gardening bunch, it seems like every day is Earth Day.
From gardeners who say this is their first year to attempt gardening to seasoned pros, they posted the gardening ideas that work for them while composting, vermicomposting, starting seeds, planting, recycling and more.
Thanks to each of you for taking time to post your ideas here. It shows that gardeners are a conscientious bunch, willing to go the extra mile to “Frankenstein” old plastic storage boxes, like Anna does. Or to freeze table scraps as a way to help them break down for faster composting, like Marc recommends.
This edition of “Garden Clippings” features three tips for more enjoyable gardening from guest blogger Cynthia Pasquale, a Denver writer and editor. She says her gardening inspiration comes from her father, who seems to be able to grow anything, anywhere, anytime.
Just days ago, only a few lips of clay pots dared peek out from the 18 inches of snow burying my yard. This week temperatures have risen into the 60s mimicking early spring. This microcosm of incongruity speaks volumes about gardening. Mother Nature, especially in Colorado, never ceases to provide surprises. And it is not just the weather that can wreak havoc with plantings. It’s enough to make some grudgingly admit defeat, dump out the Miracle Grow, and throw the High Country Gardens catalog into the recycling bin.
What separates happy gardeners from frustrated ones is simply state of mind. Gardening, at its base, is a game of chance, occasionally won but more often not. What’s important is enjoying the journey.