Green Lining

April 6, 2020

Less flights, no ski traffic, no office commuter traffic, no sporting event traffic, no school traffic, no restaurants and bar traffic. Our dirty air is undoubtedly clearing! This may be the “green” lining of the Covid-19 human crisis, the earth finally has a chance to take a breath of cleaner air. We really need to […]

A garden & books are all you need.

March 12, 2020

A garden & books are all you need. I’m so grateful to have a lovely garden and books to enjoy every day. Speaking of books, I just read a wonderful book, Nature’s Best Hope, by Douglas Tallamy, and it really is a hopeful read on how we can all make a difference by planting native […]

Native Plants for Birds & Wildlife – Search by Zip Code

March 8, 2020

I just read the wonderful and inspiring book, Nature’s Best Hope, by Douglas Tallamy that talks about creating your own “Homegrown National Park” in your yard by planting native plants. What a hopeful and interesting read, packed with wonderful facts and information that is a gardener’s delight. It will inspire you to plant natives in […]

Colorado Cold Frames

December 10, 2019

Grow food in the winter months with cold frames! I’ve always dreamed of getting a greenhouse, but with our backyard landscape’s many trees and irrigation system, it seemed daunting. I was worried that the sunniest spot in our backyard would still get too much shade to support winter growing without additional heat. Upon prompting from […]

Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

Denver Garden Bloggers Fling Photos

November 8, 2019

  Three days of touring gardens with talented garden bloggers. What could be better? I was lucky enough to get to to go to the Denver Garden Bloggers Fling in June 2019 – what a wonderful weekend of meeting amazing people while visiting some of the most beautiful gardens in the Front Range. Check out my […]

Denver Curbside Composting Company in Colorado

Denver Composting Company

October 29, 2019

I just redesigned and launched a new website for Rocky Mountain Composting. Owner Eric Kenna is a pleasure to work with, and he’s doing great things by offering Colorado curbside compost services in the Front Range including Arvada, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Golden, Westminster and Edgewater. Check out their new website design: rockymountaincomposting.com Go Compost! I […]

CobraHead Tool

Bindweed vs. CobraHead

June 24, 2019

The Battle of the Bindweed continues… Bindweed vs. CobraHead I never use herbicides or pesticides, so when it comes to weeds, it comes down to weeding, cultivating and mulch. I love a few tools, including a Hoe, as well as a new tool that was just added to our toolbox, The CobraHead Tool. The CobraHead […]

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Larvae on Dill in Garden

Dill for Gardens

June 22, 2019

Check out this Black Swallowtail Butterfly Larvae on our dill at our organic community garden. There were several of these on our dill patch, so we should have some cacoons and butterflies later in the season. Neat. There is plenty of dill growing wild everywhere in the garden, so they are welcome to join us in the […]

Garden Bloggers Fling

Garden Bloggers Fling

June 13, 2019

Wahoo! The first day of the Garden Bloggers Fling in Denver is here!  I’m looking forward to meeting everyone! I live in Denver, so I will be riding my bike to the Hyatt to join the fling over the next few days. I’m so excited to meet all the other garden bloggers and get inspired by […]

Bike Repair Kits at Denver Libraries

June 11, 2019

As a Denver resident, I ride my bike EVERYWHERE! And, occasionally, I get a Goathead or staple or something in my tire that causes a flat. It’s wonderful to now know that the Denver Public Health and Environment is partnering with Denver Public Libraries to have bike pumps and small tool pouches in each of […]

Denver Garden Bloggers Fling Schedule

Denver Garden Bloggers Fling

May 16, 2019

I am super excited to be invited to join the Denver Garden Bloggers Fling this June 13-16, 2019! Garden bloggers from around the country are coming to Denver to this annual meet-up. Since 2008, the GARDEN BLOGGERS FLING is held annually in different cities across the USA, hosting garden bloggers from North America & beyond. The Fling Schedule […]

Banning Single-Use Plastics is on the Rise!

May 11, 2019

Mexico City lawmakers recently approved a measure to ban businesses from using single-use plastics starting in 2021. I only wish it were sooner and that the entire world will get on board with this, but I’m glad the plastic bag revolution has begun! In fact, countries around the world are starting to ban or reduce single-use […]

Colorado Gardener Magazine - Spring 2019 Cover

Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2019

Happy Earth Day!  I just picked up a copy of the latest issue of Colorado Gardener (Early Spring 2019), one of my favorite simple pleasures. I have to say, this is a publication that inspires me and makes me feel like there are lots of other kindred spirits and gardeners out there that think a lot […]

Denver Compost Program

Denver Compost Program

September 25, 2018

Here is a handy flyer that was emailed to us from the City of Denver for their Compost program. I am glad to see that cities and people are starting to compost all of their compostable trash rather than throwing it into the landfills. These programs create valuable compost that can be used in our landscapes […]

Dehydrate Chives with your Grill!

May 18, 2018

Chives are a great garden perennial as they come back ever year, they look beautiful and have lovely purple flowers in the spring, and chives are the perfect addition to a lot of recipes! You can even eat the blooms! To preserve your spring abundance for later in the year, you can cut chives and […]

Denver Green Roof Initiative

Denver Green Roof Initiative – a great idea

September 30, 2017

I think that around the world we need to slow down population growth, and slow building down. When new construction is necessary, it would be ideal if builders would always construct new buildings the right way, creating efficient buildings that incorporate solar or green roofing, even if it costs more money. Use of solar roofing […]

Compost Pedallers – what a great idea!

July 17, 2017

Here is another wonderful episode of Growing a Greener World – in this episode they talk about how composting helps cut down on methane gas and helps grow food, and how the Compost Pedallers are helping make composting accessible to neighborhoods in Austin, Texas – on BIKES! What a great idea! A win-win-win. Way to go […]

Mushrooms in Lawn Grass

Mushrooms in your Lawn? Good!

May 9, 2017

Don’t worry, mushrooms are good! They indicate good soil health plus they help decompose wood bits, leaves, and debris to build better soil. Mushrooms are beneficial to your yard and trees – and are not harmful. If you don’t like the look of them, simply pluck them out when you see them. 🙂 Underground, below […]

Starting Onion Seeds indoors in wet paper towels or coffee filters

Starting Seeds Indoors in Wet Paper Towels or Coffee Filters

February 23, 2017

  If you want to start vegetables from seeds in your garden, but have trouble keeping the soil moist until seeds germinate, here’s a simple solution: germinate the seeds by folding seeds into a paper towel, getting it damp, and storing in a reusable container until the seeds germinate. Once their green heads and white […]

Composting in Denver

January 29, 2017

The city of Denver hopes to expand the composting program, making it available city-wide in 2017-18, with the ultimate goal of removing the fee. Currently, we pay $107 a year extra for this service at our house, which is not a small amount, but we LOVE it. With 18 trees and a large corner lot lawn, we have a […]