Attract Hummingbirds - All Season Long

The old adage “If you build it, they will come” is as true for hummingbirds as it is for the ghosts of beloved baseball players.
During migration, a hummingbird’s heart beats up to 1,260 times a minute, and its wings flap 15 to 80 times a second! It goes without saying that they need to consume a tremendous amount of calories to complete their long migration journey. If hummingbirds do not visit your garden during their migration or if you only observe hummingbirds in your garden during short periods , it is likely that you aren’t offering them what they need.

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Allison Gault
Gardening For Your Health

Did you know that there’s a natural antidepressant in soil? It’s true. Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study and has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The bacterium is found in soil and may stimulate serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier.

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Allison Gault
Lavender Festivities in Colorado

Colorado summers are well-known for being hot and dry, much like Mediterranean summers where Lavender is native.  As a result of Colorado’s ideal lavender growing environment and the abundant uses of this versatile herb, Colorado is on the forefront of a budding lavender industry.

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Allison Gault
Pruning Tomato Plants, is it Really Necessary?

Experts (mostly) agree that pruning/pinching/training your tomato plants isn’t really necessary, although there may be some benefits that this blog will review. However, before ‘digging in’ to this project, it is essential that you determine if your tomato plant is a determinate type or indeterminate type tomato plant. The growth characteristics of these plants are significantly different.

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Allison Gault
July is Smart Irrigation Month

Current irrigation technology can sense when it is raining as well as the moisture content of the soil and can automatically skip the irrigation cycle when appropriate.  How often have you driven past a commercial or residential landscape whose irrigation system is running during a rainstorm? This massive waste of water is really in-excusable with today’s available technology.  
Smart irrigation starts with the landscape design, plant choices, watering schedule, and choice of irrigation method. Below are a few ideas to help ensure efficient irrigation:

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Allison Gault
Japanese Beetles Don't Just Show Up, They Invade!

Japanese beetles don’t just show up.  They invade! What can you do to protect your precious plants?
These metallic green and bronze beetles are happy to dine on dozens of different plants, but they seem to have their favorites, including roses, Virginia creeper and grape vines. And because they forage in such large numbers, it doesn’t take long for them to strip a plant bare.

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Allison Gault
Flowering Plants and the Summer Solstice

Have you ever wondered how day length affects plants and why they bloom when they do?  The key is a physiological response in plants called Photoperiodism. Simply put, Photoperiodism is the development of plants to the relative lengths of light and dark periods. All plants fall into one of these three photoperiod classifications: short-day plants, long-day plants, and day-neutral plants.

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Allison Gault
National Pollinator Week June 17 - 23!

Celebrate National Pollinator Week by protecting the hard-working animals that help pollinator 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops. Often, we may not notice the hummingbirds, bats, bees, butterflies, and flies that carry pollen from one plant to another as they collect nectar.

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Allison Gault
Reliable Research-based Gardening Resources

Colorado’s weather provides the perfect environment for a plethora of plants to thrive. Whether your gardening inclination leans towards a lush lawn oasis, colorful flowers or an edible landscape, our Colorado weather is usually a gardener’s dream.  However, pests, hail, and even neighborhood critters can present gardening challenges. When faced with any gardening challenge, knowing where to easily find accurate reliable research-based information to answer your specific question quickly, is as simple

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Allison Gault
Inviting Shade Gardens

In the heat of summer, tall buildings, mature trees and privacy fences create welcome shade for people, pets and plants.  However, gardening in these shady areas can be challenging especially in a dry area. By following a few simple steps, you can find the perfect plants and create a thriving, inviting dry shade garden.

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Allison Gault
Tomato Basics

Whether you are a novice tomato gardener or veteran, it’s not hard to geek out on the various types of tomatoes: heirloom, hybrid, cherry, grape, Beefsteak, etc., each with their own unique attributes. Regardless of your tomato eating and/or gardening preferences, it is worth considering the following information when deciding which types of tomato to grow.

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Allison Gault
Create Beautiful Homemade Flower Bouquets

Creating vibrant bouquets with flowers from your own garden is unquestionably one of the sweetest rewards of gardening. A leisurely stroll through your garden almost any time of year is sure to inspire!  Beginning in early spring with an elegant bouquet of tulips

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Allison Gault