Early Spring Planting

Spring is in the air! You can’t help wanting to join the birds outside and start planting your garden. It is possible to start planting well before the last frost date, even in Colorado! There are a number of vegetables, herbs, and flowers that you can plant outside…some of which even prefer the cooler temps […]

Introduction to Fertilizers and Chemicals

Fertilizing doesn’t need to happen during the first month if the plant was purchased in a greenhouse. If the plant is a new seedling, wait a couple of weeks after sprouting to fertilize the plant. Beginning in the second month you can use just about any houseplant fertilizer for any plant. Watch for plant specific […]

Soil Additives

Magnesium is a key element in chlorophyll production. It directly increases the uptake of iron and is most beneficial in the first 4-6 weeks of plant growth. Sulfur promotes larger root growth, aids in chlorophyll production and gives new growth a dark green color. Boron helps form healthy plant hormones and promotes maturity. Copper increases sugar content to improve flavor of vegetables […]

Composting

Composting is a great practice as it reduces trash production, reduces yard waste by 50 – 75%, recycles nutrients back into the garden, and benefits the community. The organic material produced also improves drainage and aeration of clay soil. Composting is a process in which micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi and actinomycetes) decompose organic material. Do not […]

Test Your Soil

Subsoil Drainage Test: Dig a hole in the garden about 12 inches deep and the diameter of a spade. Pour water in the hole to the rim. Refill the hole a day later and observe how long it takes for all the water to soak in. If the water soaks in within a few minutes, […]

The Key to Good Gardening Success

Organic matter Is best used as an amendment rather than a source of fertilizer. In addition to coarse sand, inorganic sand, inorganic amendments include calcine clay products, pulverized volcanic rock, perlite and diatomaceous earth. Liquid products break the surface tension of water around the soil particle and allow deeper earth penetration. They do not increase […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Improving Your Soil Structure

Improving soil is different from simply adding fertilizer. Although fertilizer contains key nutrients, these are used up fairly quickly, and it won’t do anything for the structure, or long-term fertility of the soil. For that, you need to add organic matter, and it’s worth doing once every year. Late autumn is a good time to […]

Water-Wise Gardening

Recently every night on the news we are reminded of the drought our state is now experiencing. It is very important to know how to create a water-wise garden and grow plants that require less additional water. At the greenhouse, we hear that customers want to save water, but don’t want their yard to look […]

Protect Your Garden Against Springtime Freezes

When the air temperature dips below 25° F for at least four hours, it could wreak havoc on your emerging spring garden. The weather in Colorado is crazy, to say the least, and gardeners who live on the Front Range learn that long stretches of warm days can be followed by a dramatic dip in […]

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 […]

Early Spring Planting

EARLY SPRING PLANTING Posted on March 10, 2016 at 10:50 pm by Gulley Greenhouse and Garden Center / Annuals, Edibles, Perennials, Seasonal Garden Care, Seeds & Bulbs, Soils & Amendments, Trees & Shrubs / 0 Spring is in the air and you can’t help but to want to start planting your garden. It is possible to start planting well before the last frost date, even in Colorado! There are […]

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 […]