Friday, April 17, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
|Photo Utah State University Extension|
Recently as I was doing some spring garden cleanup, I noticed a bare sapling in the corner of my yard that had lumps and bumps on most of the trunk and branches.
I was curious what could cause this and if it was harmful to that tree or possibly other plants in my garden. In doing some research I learned that these swellings on the wood are cause by the “Poplar Twiggall Fly” (Hexomyza shineri). This insect burrows into the wood and as it feeds, which produces a swelling on the limbs and trunk which are called galls. Often the plant has these galls for several seasons and the gardener does not immediately notice them because they can be obscured by leaves. This insect prefers to invade cottonwoods, poplars and especially aspens.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Gardening in Colorado's clay soil can be difficult, and raised beds are an alternative. Barbara LaRowe, Jefferson County Colorado Master Gardener, provides helpful information about gardening in raised beds.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
|Photo by Carol King|
Jefferson County CSU Extension Colorado Master Gardeners announce a spring gardening class “Flowers: the Where, What and How of Growing Flowers in Colorado”. Wednesday April 22, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Class begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. $40. Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Register now at http://sprflowers.eventbrite.com
One of our instructors is Jennifer Verprauskus, Landscape Architect, Permaculture Design Certificate holder, Denver Master Composter, Colorado Master Gardener, and owner of UpBeet Landscapes, an edible landscape design firm. She is passionate about landscape design and teaching people how to live off the land. http://upbeetlandscapes.com/Jennifer states: “Often times we can appreciate something without fully understanding it, but as we learn the intricacies of what makes it stand out; sometimes we can appreciate it on a deeper level. A built environment surrounds most of us on a daily basis but do we realize it as such? The majorities of the landscapes we find ourselves in have been created and don’t just appear. From more urban landscapes such as city parks and backyards to recreational trails in the mountains- they have all been designed intentionally.
An understanding of the principles of landscape design, which include the elements of unity, scale, balance, simplicity, variety, emphasis, and sequence as they apply to line, form, texture, and color, create the perfect landscape. These elements are interconnected. Scale, line, balance and form are some of the things that dictate our perception and comfort in a space. Through the use of design principals as well as an understanding of the site we can choose the right plant for the right place, and almost more importantly we can design a space that feels complete. As we design a landscape, one of the most compelling skills we can embrace is the ability to design with all of our senses.
Without the deliberations of design, our efforts of hard work, time and money are often fruitless. We are tempted to choose plants by color and not suitability, create spaces that look nice but fail to function and to use materials that distract from the space we’ve worked so hard to create. Our senses can identify a space as successful or unsuccessful; therefore, it is through education we are able to create landscapes in the built environment that are exciting and beautiful yet comfortable and useful.
Come join Jennifer and the rest of the team for an evening of the basics of designing or re-designing a flower garden, site selection and how to create fabulous flowering containers. Register now at http://sprflowers.eventbrite.com. For further information call Jefferson County CSU Extension at 303-271-6620.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
|Brown spots are caused by vole damage. photo by Carol King|
The CSU Extension web site has a wealth of information.
Voles are small rodents that measure 4 to 8.5 inches long and weigh 0.8 to 3 ounces and vary in color from brown to gray. They are pudgy, with blunt faces and small eyes, small and sometimes inconspicuous ears, short legs, and a short (the long-tailed vole is an exception) and scantily haired tail. They are often called prairie or field mice.
|Photo CSU Extension|
Monday, April 6, 2015
Jefferson County CSU Extension Colorado Master Gardeners announce classes in Seed Saving.
Beginning Seed Saving – Tuesday, April 14 – 6:00-8:00 p.m. Cost $28
Did you know it’s so easy to save the seeds from your vegetable and flower garden? Saving seeds will adapt them to your soil and your care, ultimately making your plants more resistant to the insects and diseases that could possibly threaten their health.
This beginning class will start with the five easiest seeds to save and go step-by-step through the process. You will learn how to appropriately take care of the plants, select from your crops the best seeds to save, learn how to identify the best seed, care for them, harvest them and prepare them for saving and storing them. You’ll end up with stronger plants that are adapted to your own landscape. Once you can ensure your seeds are pure and true, than you can swap with others and to contribute to your community seed library.
Advanced Seed Saving – Wednesday, April 15 – 6:00-8:00 p.m., Cost $28
Register Now: http://AdvSeedSave.eventbrite.com
Register Now: http://AdvSeedSave.eventbrite.com
Perhaps you are skilled at saving seed and you have enough property to practice advanced seed saving skills. You will learn about the distance required to separate similar varieties of plants within the same plant family. We will cover appropriate isolation techniques and the more advanced skills necessary to save seed for squashes, pumpkins, broccoli, for example, or to grow out biennial plants like carrots for saving seed. If you are ready for these steps, you are already a passionate seed saver and this class is for you.
All classes will be held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds 15200 E. 6th Avenue Pkwy. , Golden, Co 80401. For more information, call 303-271-3362.
Growing blueberries in Colorado can be a real challenge. This video with Patti O'Neal, Horticulture Assistant at Jefferson County CSU Extension, will give you the techniques you need to grow this delicious fruit.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
|Photo Tufts University|
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
|Photo by Rebecca Anderson|
I was reading an article recently about changes in the global human diet. While this is a topic for volumes of blog articles, there was one specific word that kept catching my eye. Pulse. "Many cultures have traditionally relied on pulse-based diets." "World-wide consumption of pulses have declined in recent decades." I'm accustomed to using the word pulse in relation to the cardiovascular system, but I wasn't sure about its botanical definition. That led to a little research.
Friday, March 27, 2015
My seed catalogues have arrived and my husband is amazed at the amount of time I can spend turning pages, reading and rereading vegetable descriptions, and comparing vegetable characteristics. In all the daydreaming, I notice this about myself: when I see the word "cucumber", I read the word "pickle".