Xeriscape Soil Amendments

Soil isn’t just something that gets on your shoes, it’s the foundation of any good Garden and landscape. Top soil, the rich, upper layer of earth, is usually lost during home construction. The soil left is mostly heavy clay, very light sand, or, in the foothills and mountains, shallow and rocky. Clay soils hold water…

Xeriscape Design

Color, fragrance and variety are components of successful landscape planning and design. When designs also focus on xeriscape, the need for water and other resources will be minimized. The xeriscape planning and design process should organize landscape ideas. The process should also identify the needs of the landscape and the plants the designer wants to…

Xeriscape Basics

Colorado’s Front Range receives an average of less than 15 inches of rain a year, making supplemental watering a necessity for most landscapes. More than half of the water used in homes is applied to landscapes. That’s why landscaping for water conservation is so important. By applying the principles of xeriscape, a landscape can be…

Tomato Questions Abound in Heat

One of the most popular questions in July is “Why are the blossoms falling off my tomatoes?” High temperatures particularly when coupled with drying winds interfere with pollination. Un-pollinated flowers dry and won’t remain on the plant. Tomato pollen is transferred within the same flower by shaking of the plant and is not wind or…

Raised Vegetable Beds

There are many advantages to implementing a raised vegetable bed. These beds are well-suited to growing carrots, potatoes and other root crops. The lack of compaction and rocks in the soil allow for a more-prolific and attractive crop. They are also well-suited to meet the needs of gardeners with back problems, or other physical limitations…

Tomatoes for Home Gardens

Tomatoes are one of the most popular Garden vegetables. Many different tomato types, varieties and shapes are available for Gardening. Tomatoes do best if started indoors from seed six to eight weeks before planting. For an early crop, plant tomatoes as soon as the danger of frost is past. Popular varieties of tomatoes are available…

Ripening Tomatoes Indoors

To speed the ripening of tomato fruit on the vine, slightly reduce watering. With the forecast of a light frost, protect fruit by covering. If heavy frost is forecast or where covering is not practical, harvest fruit before the frost event and carry indoors. Pick ripening fruit and green tomatoes with a glossy green appearance…