Chores before another spring snow includes potting dahlias

Today is supposed to be 70+ degrees, a perfect time to get some seeds sown and tender perennials potted up to wait for the last frost. The new normal for spring in Colorado includes large swings in temps from 70 to 20 and back again. Only the hardiest plants can take frost on their new… Continue reading Chores before another spring snow includes potting dahlias

Propagating Colorado native flower seed indoors and out

Planting April 13 Planted March 4 Ratibida had about seven sprouts. Probably within the last couple days. cotlydon are yellow. Set out into soil. Geum no sign of sprouting. Many seeds were moldy. These are now in a container outdoors. Butterflyweed no sign of sprouting. Dalea P. 2/4 planted February 4th evidence of germination seen… Continue reading Propagating Colorado native flower seed indoors and out

Seed germination for native prairie 2020

sideoats grama

Using both indoor an outdoor sowing methods a new prairie of warm season bunch grasses, and forbs. Always review seed packets for stratification requirments. Spring Sowing – Indoor Methods Indoor Medium: Peat pots Indoor growing environment: Heat mat, 2 florescent lights on 12 hours.  1 plant light, 1 plain. Boeteloua curtipendula Side-oats grama propagation Indoor… Continue reading Seed germination for native prairie 2020

Preparing for a Bee friendly garden

Look at the pollen on this guy

A garden that draws pollinators usually begins with wonderful flowers full of food.  To take it even further,  providing sheltering opportunities for bees close to the food sources allows female bees to expend less energy foraging, saving energy for the care of their young. Native Bee Habitat Most north american bee species shelter in the… Continue reading Preparing for a Bee friendly garden

Propagating Geraniums

Taking Cuttings Annuals can add such striking color in our gardens.  But like everyone else I am looking for ways to stretch my gardening budget.  One way is propagation. Normally I purchase a couple hanging planters each year to give my patio some color.  Our local nursery grows wonderful geraniums that just burst with flowers. Each… Continue reading Propagating Geraniums

Seed Starting 2010

Colorado has a fairly short growing season, so many of the plants that would normally be started outdoors after danger of last spring frost I chose to start indoors. Getting the timing right is always a challenge. If you start too soon, plants will tend to be leggy and will have a hard time adjusting… Continue reading Seed Starting 2010

Seed Starting 2009

Today I started the following seeds in peat pellets. Columbine germinated 3/1  —  4/15 – still have a few plants Dainthus “Maiden Pink” germinated 2/22 —  4/15 all died English Daisy – variety   germinated 2/22 – 4/15 a few alive Shasta Daisy – germinated 2/25 – 4/15 a few alive Four O’clocks – germinated 2/25… Continue reading Seed Starting 2009