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Successful Composting

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Compost (photo by normanack  - Flickr)

As most Colorado gardeners know, the first step to growing strong and healthy vegetables is to have good soil; and the first step to having healthy soil is to add organic matter by way of compost. While there are many sources for purchasing finished compost, creating your own compost is often a more rewarding alternative that will allow you to divert plant material from the waste stream (compostable materials comprise a staggering one-fifth of all waste in landfills in the United States) and will improve your overall soil quality.

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Rock Gardening in the Rockies

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Rock Gardening in the Rockies

Rock gardening and xeriscaping can offer solutions to the bland stereotypes associated with water savvy landscaping. And with Colorado’s natural drought cycles, we should all be considering ways to encourage water conservation. Rock gardens are more than the name implies. Instead of being a garden of solely stone, they are in fact a tool for bringing a vignette of nature’s beauty and diversity to the home garden.  Few garden styles...

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Growing Berries on the Front Range

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Growing Berries on the Front Range

There is nothing like a fresh raspberry right from your very own yard.  Feeling intimidated, though, about your likelihood of success with the berries?  Come to the Gardens and learn from the pros and you can be picking your first raspberry before you know it. The easiest path to raspberry growing success is to grow the fall types. These turn a normal second year bearing plant into a plant that will...

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Mushroom Propagation

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Mushroom Propagation

Mycelium It is estimated that more than 80% of the plants on the planet rely on a symbiotic relationship with fungi.  The plants benefit from this relationship in many ways including enriched soil structure, availability of nutrients, increased uptake of water, and cleaning soil of pathogens and pollutants. I'll be inoculating all new plantings (annual or perennial) - some with commercial spore mass products and some with home grown inoculum from...

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