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 […]

Good Environmental News

Mexico’s President Safeguards 160 million Acres for Environmental Conservation!

December 8, 2016

Wonderful! On December 5th, 2016 at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity being held in Cancun, Mexico’s President, Pena Nieto, signed decrees creating four new biological reserves and five other areas – protecting 160 million acres for environmental conservation! Additionally, Mexico is joining a group of nations that have made commitments to protect 10% of […]

Mining blocked near Yellowstone

30,000 acres in Paradise Valley in Yellowstone Protected

November 21, 2016

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel has announced that U.S. officials are blocking new mining claims in 30,000 acres north of Yellowstone, an area called Paradise Valley. While this is just a short-term ban for 2 years, they are recommending considering a long-term ban. This was in response to two proposed mine locations – one […]

Katydid Eggs in Denver, Colorado in October 2016

Katydid Eggs!

October 31, 2016

Have you ever seen Katydid eggs? I found these on our fence post in Denver this week (late October). I didn’t know what these mysterious eggs were so I posted on Facebook, and some friendly entomologists identified them as Katydid eggs! Katydids are members of the grasshopper family, they are not considered garden pests, as […]

Halloween Carving - Zucchini

Carved Zucchini for Halloween

October 21, 2016

If you grow zucchini like we do, you find yourselves with an overabundance of zukes. We all know that sometimes some zucchini get overlooked and turn into garden giants! In addition to shredding these zonker zukes for zucchini bread, fritters and other culinary uses, you can also use them for Halloween decorations! Simply cut them in half, […]

Couple donates 43 Acres to Detroit Wildlife Refuge

October 18, 2016

Photo: The Blade / Andy Morrison Clarice and Clive Taylor donated 43 acres of wetlands, woodlots and planted grasslands to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be added to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. The site, previously a soybean farm, took over 15 years for the Taylors to acquire and restore the land with a ton of […]

Endangered frogs rebound in Yosemite

October 5, 2016

The endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog once was very abundant in the Sierra Nevada western mountain range, but has disappeared from 93% of it’s original range. In 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service added the frogs to the endangered species list. The frogs suffered greatly when lakes were stocked with non-native fish including trout that competed for food as well as ate […]

Lacewig Eggs on Tomato Plant in Denver

Lacewing Eggs in Denver

September 19, 2016

I spotted these mysterious eggs at our community garden in Denver, and I took this photo and “googled” eggs on stalks and low-and-behold… I found out that they are Lacewing eggs! Neat! Lacewings are great in the garden, adults feed only on nectar, pollen, and aphid honeydew, but the larvae are active predators – they […]

Good environmental news for whales

Relief in sight for whales!

July 19, 2016

Finally, some relief for the whales is in sight! It was just ruled that the sonar approved for use by the US Navy violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act, according to a San Francisco federal appeals court. This ruling is a major victory for marine mammals, and for the Marine Mammal Protection Act that protects them. […]

Denver Mattress Recycling

Denver Mattress Recycling – New Client!

July 6, 2016

I’m excited to be working with another local company, Spring Back Colorado, a Denver mattress recycling company helping save old mattresses from going into the landfill, building new mattresses with sanitized scrapped materials from the mattresses, while also helping employ the disenfranchised and those with barriers to employment in Colorado. Their mattress recycling process breaks down over 90% […]

Aerial View of the Denver Botanic Gardens

July 6, 2016

This isn’t good environmental news exactly, but something fun to see! Have you ever looked at the gardens in 3D on Google Maps? It’s beautiful! I love the look of the Monet Pool!  

Denver Farmers Market at 24th & Arapahoe

Denver Farmers Market – BIG BASH on June 25th

June 21, 2016

One of my favorite clients and favorite Farmers Market is Harry’s Urban Farmer’s Market at 24th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver. They are kicking off the summer season this Saturday, with their Big Bash on June 25th from 10am-2pm to kick off our summer market! It’s FREE, there’s FREE parking and local Colorado produce and […]