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- A Colorado native shrub can be described as existing in Colorado prior to European settlement.
- Native plant communities make Colorado visually distinct from the eastern, southern, or western United States.
- Native plant gardens are wildlife habitats and each plant contributes to the biodiversity of the state.
- Landscaping with natives on a large or small scale can maintain biodiversity that otherwise would be lost to development.
Though our growing conditions can be challenging at times, a wide variety of fruit can be grown here with a minimum amount of care. One of my favorites is Currant (Ribes species). I love growing them in my home garden because they are not readily available in the supermarkets. They are full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
July is here… what the heck do I need to be doing??
It's time to deadhead! Roses are a great example of plants that respond to deadheading. If you deadhead a rose (meaning pruning of the spent flowers) you will speed up its time to re-bloom. Pruning the spent flower back to the first set of five leaves (leaves on roses grow in groups of three, four and five) will make the plant re-bloom sooner.
Not all, but many perennials will continue to bloom if deadheaded, however, deadheading will make the plant look much better, as well as help the plant stay healthy.
When it comes to growing our own food, we often think in terms of yields—how much, how big, how often. Fair enough, but putting the nutritional value of homegrown fruit and vegetables at the fore of a planting plan makes good sense; after all, healthful foods are the goal. Here are the some of the most nutritious vegetables you can grow (and eat!).
Gardeners who are patient, know how to select plants that will do well, and manipulate the soil and microclimate, will be amply rewarded.
Gardening in Colorado can be challenging. The average elevation of the state is 6,800 feet. Three-fourths of the nation’s land above 10,000 feet is within its borders. Sunlight is frequently of high intensity and the humidity generally is low. These features, along with rapid and extreme weather changes and
frequently poor soil conditions, make for challenges in growing plants.
When looking for the right plant, it can be difficult to know what you need and what you're looking at! Here are some commonly used terms to help you become a plant pro!
Annual — Plants that grow, flower, and die in one growing season. Marigolds, cosmos, and zinnia are among many common annuals.
WHAT IS A WEED?
There are different types of weeds. Here are definitions from the Weed Science Society of America:
- Weed: “A plant that causes economic losses or ecological damages, creates health problems for humans or animals or is undesirable where is it growing.” Think crabgrass, giant foxtail, or common lambsquarters, for example.
Ground covers are a great way to decorate your yard, lessening weeds, soil erosion, and help minimize water usage! There are many different colors, variations, and environmental needs. Fossil Creek Nursery can help you decide what ground cover would work best in your yard!
A ground cover should spread by itself. Species that produce rhizomes or stolons or that spread by offsets or tip layering are best suited for ground covers. They will develop rapidly into a dense cover. Some, however, grow so fast they can become invasive.