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Do you know which plants are poisonous to your dog, cat, or other pet? Keep your fuzzy
friends safe! Here is a list of the more common plants and flowers that may be dangerous for
your pet.

We all enjoy our flowering plants. However, pet owners need to be aware that some plants
are toxic if their animal has a hankering to eat them!

Composting Yard Waste

by C.R. Wilson and J.R. Feucht 


All yards produce waste from pruning, lawn mowing, and other routine plant care activities. Composting is a way to reduce the volume of organic wastes and return them to the soil to benefit growing plants. 

Is something eating your roses? Or maybe your grapes? Or your apple trees? Is your grass yellowing? Chances are, it's a Japanese Beetle. These beetles are very showy- bright greens, purples, browns, and very shiny. They also like to hang out in clusters together. 


Life Cycle:

Japanese Beetles have a one-year life cycle. In that one year, they can do quite a bit of damage. They start as larvae living in the roots of grasses, feeding on their roots until around June when adult beetles emerge. 

When we think pollinators, we often think of bees. But, did you know that there are over 200,000 species of animals and insects that aid the pollination process ranging from bees to butterflies, bats to mice? Keeping gardens and outdoor landscapes as pollinator-friendly spaces is essential to maintaining healthy, happy plants. 

Did you know?

- 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.


Plants, animals, and bugs interact with each other in nature in a harmonious way.  Understanding some of these "secrets" helps to make gardening more pleasant and fun.  Let the plants do the work not you!



Flies, Mosquitos

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. 

Newcomer’s Dilemma