The prairie’s color

The colors of a Colorado prairie are light and airy. The color of straw, of pink lipstick and sage.

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Doubts about the Prairie

Can I maintain this? How do i get from here .. TO … Sometimes I think I just made a huge mistake. Easy to mow grass is replaced with open ground and weeds. The grass I hope to grow was mingled with the bluegrass an indistinguishable when trying to clear ground. The stone steps that… Continue reading Doubts about the Prairie

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The pollution soakers: Colorado natives to test

Cotoneaster franchetii  plant beat all others in a Royal Horticultural Society study to determine how much car pollution a hedge formed plant removed from the air and captured within leaf materials.  Leaf samples were measured for heavy metals: Zn, Cu, Pb, as well as Na.  before and after being exposed to roadside traffic for 9 days without… Continue reading The pollution soakers: Colorado natives to test

Roses in the garden

This is the Portland Rose Garden managed by the Portland Rose Society.

Planting a rose in a Colorado garden. Roses do great in Front Range Colorado, partially due to the dryness of the air which discourages the fungal diseases you see in eastern roses like black spot.  You just need to ensure you have your clays well mixed with organic matter to create space for air and… Continue reading Roses in the garden

Books for Gardening

Be Inspired       Get native for Colorado   Design     Reference   Vegetable Gardening   The Backyard Homestead — Claims with a 1/4 backyard you can grow 2,000 pounds of food.  Guess they haven’t seen my sad little garden!   Garden Design Planting – Planting plans and groupings by Piet Oudolf and… Continue reading Books for Gardening

Whats an olla watering pot?

olla: A cool terracotta watering pot that sits below ground and realeases water slowly by seeping through the whole of the pot.   Olla Garden Watering Pots Below is an excerpt from www.onewintrynightollas.com   • Menasha, WI Ollas are low-tech irrigation pots that were first documented in China about 2000 years ago, and many researchers… Continue reading Whats an olla watering pot?

2021 Plant planning homestead

 Silo Garden and Entry Lane Imagine a place to hang out under the shade of the trees,  a silo bar offering up cold beverages while people play cornhole.  This is the silo garden.  To its north end lies a patio with benches and bar stools. To its south a rounded garden of wildflowers and path… Continue reading 2021 Plant planning homestead

CRP Colorado plains mix for sandy soils

“The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands is part of the CRP program, a federally funded voluntary program that contracts with agricultural producers so that environmentally sensitive agricultural land is not farmed or ranched, but instead used for conservation benefits.” USDA Farm Service Agency How much is an acre of land? Weld County Local Retailer :… Continue reading CRP Colorado plains mix for sandy soils

Short Prairie Mixes for CO neighbors of habitat

As you live in this world you begin to know what makes for happy neighbors. For some its a natural part of life.  For others, we have to work at being amongst the world.  The older I get the more introverted my tendency. Luckily I have outgoing neighbors to draw me out. And over the… Continue reading Short Prairie Mixes for CO neighbors of habitat