Strawberries for Colorado

Strawberries do well in Colorado gardens when they are protected from hungry critters and watered properly. Did you know strawberries aren’t actually berries but accessory fruit? The juicy deliciousness we eat doesn’t come from the plant’s ovary, as in other berries, but the space the ovary sits inside called the receptacle. A strawberry’s skin is… Continue reading Strawberries for Colorado

Recipes for big Plum and Purple Cherokee tomato harvests.

3 tomato plants each over 6' tall

Moving the raised bed was quite a success this year. I had pounds and pounds of two varities of tomatoes. Cherokee Purple I purchased seeds from an organization I love to support, Seed Savers. Cherokee purple is a pinkish brown heirloom from Tennessee, though not from the Cherokee tribe whose lands originally covered much of… Continue reading Recipes for big Plum and Purple Cherokee tomato harvests.

Prunus americana Wild Plum

Prunus americana  American Plum / Wild Plum On sale in 2021 at Tagawa Gardens – this most intoxicatingly scented spring bloomer is a hardy, woody tall shrub or flowering tree. Blooming in March, this is early food source for native bees waking up in Spring. https://tagawagardens.com/documents/2021_Nursery_Trees_Shrubs_List.pdf This year we had a large wet snowstorm on… Continue reading Prunus americana Wild Plum

Planting Prunus persica ‘Redhaven’ peach

Planting Date:  3/8/2021 The nursery near me had 3 varieties of semi-dwarf peach trees.  My desires are pretty general.  I want a delicious peach that can reliably ripen before a frost (as early as early September) and one that is hardy. Prunus persica hails from an intermountain region of China, in the province on Nanjing. … Continue reading Planting Prunus persica ‘Redhaven’ peach

Pruning the peach and forcing branches indoors

After spending an hour last night reviewing how peach trees are pruned I set to work today on pruning my peach.  With the oscillating temperatures in January buds have begun to form and now is the time to get pruning. It’s a very chilly 27 degrees, hopefully not too cold.  I start by pruning out… Continue reading Pruning the peach and forcing branches indoors