A Taste of Summer Blooms

From bouquet to plate: Welcome to the delicious world of edible flowers! Many annuals, flowering herbs, and perennials produce blooms that are are safe, flavorful additions to salads, desserts, drinks, and more. Add flowers to rice spring rolls, sprinkle petals on your breakfast yogurt parfait or lunch salad, freeze blooms in ice cubes to brighten up […]

Self-Isolation: The Plant Parent Edition

Self-isolating at home for the good of humanity? For the love of all that is still green, people, step back from the watering can. Here are five plant-centric activities for you to do that don’t involve overwatering your plants… 1. Scrub the mineral build up off of your clay pots! That white powder on your […]

Container Planting By Number – Tropical Cocktail

Download this article as a PDF While you’re likely not sitting on a beach in Northern Colorado, you can still enjoy the feeling of a fruity drink on your patio with these bright colors! This arrangement would be happiest in partial sun. For a 15″ diameter pot, you’ll need: 1-3.5” Upright Fuschia 1-3.5” Begonia ‘Red’ […]

Container Planting By Number – Berry Cobbler

Download this article as a PDF Planted in a blue pot, the reds and pinks of this arrangement look sweet, topped with a “crumble” of lighter greens. This arrangement would be happiest in a sunny area. For a 15″ diameter pot, you’ll need: 1-2.5” Spike 1-4 pack Nicotiana ‘Red’ 1-4 pack Dusty Miller 1-4 pack […]

Container Planting By Number – Blueberry Pie

Download this article as a PDF Blues, purples, and hints of lighter colors (like the inside of a blueberry) make sitting on the patio with this container feel sweet! This arrangement would be happiest in a fully shaded spot. For a 15″ diameter pot, you’ll need: 1-1 gal Spike 1-3.5” Salvia ‘Blue’ 1-4.5“ Geranium Zonal […]

Container Planting By Number – Picante

Download this article as a PDF Varieties of red, yellow, orange and green bring a little fiesta to your summer containers! This arrangement would be happiest being spicy in the full sun. For a 15″ diameter pot, you’ll need: 1-1gal Cyperus ‘King Tut’ 1-4.5” Coleus ‘Orange’ 1-4.5” Geranium Zonal Red 1-4 pack Petunia ‘Red’ 1-3.5” […]

Container Planting By Number – Candy Stripe

Download this article as a PDF Varieties of red, white, and green bring the holidays to your summer containers! This arrangement would be happiest in a shaded area. For a 15″ diameter pot, you’ll need: 1-3.5” Milinum ‘Flashlight’ 2-3.5” Begonia ‘Red’ 1-3.5“ Boston Fern 1-2.5” Coleus ‘Trailing’ 1-4 pack Impatiens ‘White’ 2-2.5“ Ivy ‘Variegated’ Like […]

Containerize Your Yard

A Gulley primer to container planting Container gardening is a beautiful and easy way to animate your yard with color, fresh fragrances, leaf textures, sound effects, and fresh produce. As more and more people move into condominiums, townhouses, duplexes and apartments, container gardening may be the only way to combat little to no yard space. […]

Considering Containers

It’s the age of creative containers for your beloved houseplants! Designers are making stunning pots out of ceramics, metals, woods… and plant lovers are going wild for them. So wild, that we get many wonderful questions each day about sizing and functionality. Sometimes the cutest pot you’ve ever seen doesn’t have a drainage hole but […]

How to Build a Fantastic Terrarium!

In January our green thumbs begin itching to plant. Choosing seeds and dreaming of warm days only takes you so far… but building a terrarium is a quick way to get your hands in soil now! Follow these instructions to make miniature gardens inside even if snow is falling outside your window. Materials Glass container […]

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries have a long history as a folk cure for a variety of ailments. Currently, scientific studies are being conducted to test the accuracy of these health claims. While some uses haven’t been proven yet, elderberries in the form of elderberry syrup have been shown to boost immunity, decrease mucus production during colds and fight […]

Kokedama Tutorial

Kokedama, or moss balls, are beautiful living planters you can enjoy for years! Using very basic materials you can create your own indoor garden. Display balls in saucers or hang them to make a “string garden.” Materials List: Sheet Moss Soil (a mix of potting soil and bonsai soil is preferred due to the clay […]

Bringing Houseplants Indoors for Winter

If you let your houseplants vacation on the back deck or front porch this summer, then by early September it’s time to get them ready to move back inside for the winter. Letting your indoor plants spend their summer at “camp” is a great way to give them extra air circulation, increased surround lighting, and […]

5 Delicious Ideas for Zucchini

We know the story, it’s as old as time, of having too much zucchini! Maybe you were planning on losing a few plants to hail or rabbits and squirrels but all survived and thrived. And now you are leaving them on porches in the night, sending your child to their first day of school with […]

Sowing Seeds in Summer

Enjoy fresh veggies and herbs from the garden later into the fall season by sowing seeds now! Crops that mature fairly quickly can be tucked into empty garden spaces for lush autumn harvests. The number of days from seed to harvest is dependent on the variety of seed. Some mature earlier and some later. When […]

Choosing the Right Tools for the Job

Using the proper tool for your garden project makes the job go smoother, faster, and safer. Though we use the words shovel and spade interchangeably they have different designs and serve different purposes. It’s the same story with garden shears. You’ve probably seen all the types of shears at your local garden center and thought, […]

10 Perennials to Plant Now!

If you can work the ground, you can plant! You should still amend the soil and mulch, but otherwise it is perfectly safe. The only thing you must watch out for is that if your plants are blooming when you dig them in, be sure to cover them if it freezes. The plant itself will […]

10 Steps to Container Gardening

Add instant color and texture to any part of your garden, porch or balcony with the art of container gardening! Gardening in pots allows you to have gorgeous plants surrounding you, no matter how big or small your space is. Follow these 10 simple steps to make your very own paradise in a pot. 1. […]

Red Worm Bins for Small Spaces

Red worm bins are great for a small-space composting setup that will yield free, nutrient-rich compost for your garden. Worms eat kitchen scraps and create worm castings, which are a valuable soil amendment and plant tonic. Castings are often called fertilizer, and though they are not very high in nitrogen, they are full of plant-supporting […]

Build Imaginations with Fairy Gardens

Building a fairy garden is a delightful way to explore an imaginary world with your children. With just a few household and gardening items — and a belief in the magic of fairies — together, you can create a unique, whimsical fairy garden. A fairy garden can be thought of as a tiny safe oasis […]

Strawberry Crepes for Mother’s Day Breakfast

What is a more perfect way to show your mom you love her than by cooking her breakfast in bed? Be sure you have at least 1 hour to prepare, these are worth every minute! If you want to prepare the crepes ahead of time, just separate them by a sheet of wax paper on […]

Composting Guide for Beginners

Have you been interested in composting but are worried that it is too difficult to learn? With little more than fallen leaves from your yard and kitchen scraps, you can make dark humus-rich compost to add to your house plants and garden. Many gardeners refer to compost as black gold because it adds so much […]

Why Build a Bee House

Did you know only three states have more native bees than Colorado? Over 950 species of native bees are at home here on the Front Range. Like bumble bees, many of the natives are plagued with the same pests and diseases that challenge honey bees. Around 25% of our native bees are listed as endangered […]

Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Despite its name, Hummingbird Cake is not made from or for hummingbirds. It is a moist, flavorful cake made from a relatively simple recipe. Many speculate that the cake’s name is due to its sweetness. The origin of this cake is said to hail from Jamaica, and another name for it is The Kingbird Cake. […]

DIY Painted Pinecone Wreath

Here is a fun twist on a holiday classic, a pinecone wreath. This is a great Christmas present idea, and so much fun to make. The bright colors and unique use of pinecones make this a cheery addition to your holiday decor! Materials & Tools Pine Cones: you will need 50 – 60 pinecones for […]

Garlic Parmesan Zoodles

Once you try zucchini noodles, there’s no going back. Zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) make it 100x easier to eat healthier and to still enjoy all of your favorite pasta dishes guilt free. Healthy zoodles cooked in butter, garlic and parmesan, this extremely flavorful and fragrant dish makes an unbelievably delicious and healthy dinner in under […]

Apple Butter

It’s hard to find any apple butter, let alone good apple butter in the grocery store these days. Making apple butter is a great way to preserve the fruits of an apple harvest. Apple butter is delicious on buttered toast. Although apple butter takes time to make, the upfront part is easy! Ingredients2 Tbsp. unsalted […]

Coloring Easter Eggs With Natural Dyes

The history of Easter Eggs is a long one. The egg is a symbol of rebirth and new life. Spring is the time of rebirth – all of those plants that were sleeping underground are awakened and begin to grow, marking the beginning of a new growing season. With Easter falling in spring, eggs and […]

How to Test Your Soil

If you are a gardener in Colorado, chances are you have stuck your shovel into the dirt and thought to yourself… Man, we have a lot of clay in our soil. But, do you actually know the true composition of your dirt? A soil test is the best way to check the growing potential of […]

Corned Beef Pickling Spice

The wearing of the green is nearly upon us, so is the season of green beer and corned beef and cabbage. You might be surprised that this traditional meal is actually one that was adapted and changed when the Irish immigrated to the United States. Pork was the preferred meat in Ireland, but was too […]

Lavender Devils Food Chocolate Cake

Sweet and Savory, the delicate scent of lavender enlivens food dishes with its fresh enticing flavor. Many people have experienced lavender only in the classic herbs de Province mixture, but there are many more uses for this versatile herb. Although some chefs prefer to use angustifolia, the lower camphor and resin content of ‘Provence’ makes […]

Top Things to Do In Your Garden… Early Spring

Spring time is the time to begin thinking about your garden. Learn some tips and solutions for many gardening problems. PREPARE YOUR SOIL Give your garden soil the energy it needs to sustain bountiful crops by preparing it now. Using last year’s soil with out adding in new nutrients is like asking a racecar driver […]

Easter Kids Craft

With spring in the air and Easter well on its way, now is a great time to get your kids excited about plants! Enjoy the season and plant a kid-friendly project to get your whole family in the mood for spring. Miniature gardening is appealing to children on many levels. Whether it is the colorful, […]

Savory Mushroom Soup

Enjoy a delicious recipe made from mushrooms and fresh herbs, a fabulous dish for a special dinner or just because is cold outside. This is definitely an upgrade from the condensed cream of mushroom soup of your childhood! It’s best to use a nice mix of mushrooms, but if you’re going to buy only one […]