Winter Drought

By Cheryl Conklin This scant, sugary dusting of snow is the only kind of moisture we’ve had in months. Next time you’re home and the temps are up into the 50s, get out your hoses. Give everything except the cacti and native plants a soak. Finish before temps start to fall. Unhook and drain the hoses. ThenContinue reading “Winter Drought”

Why Wait for Fall

By Cheryl Conklin I first discovered fall planting about a decade ago. How? Springtime is too busy to plant in my own garden while keeping up with client demands. Summer? Well, it’s just too darned hot for both the planter and the newly planted. Great things happen after the first of August, however. First, nights get longer andContinue reading “Why Wait for Fall”

When It’s Too Darned Hot: Keeping Your Cool

By Cheryl Conklin This article first appeared in The Colorado Gardener. Daintily edited and with a few additions, I post it here. Some like it hot. Some would rather endure the dentist’s drill than a heat-wave. At least the dentist’s office is air conditioned, right? Wherever you fall on the heat-loving spectrum, high temperatures areContinue reading “When It’s Too Darned Hot: Keeping Your Cool”

How to Kill Your Lawn and Still Be a Good Neighbor

By Cheryl Conklin With the cost of irrigation going up, you might be tempted just to turn off the spigot altogether, take the lawnmower to a donation center, and go someplace cool for coffee. Wait! If simply abandoned, a typical urban yard in Colorado will turn into a dirt lot. Seriously. Do you really want to depress yourContinue reading “How to Kill Your Lawn and Still Be a Good Neighbor”

Life Beneath Our Feet

By Cheryl Conklin In addition to dirty knees and fingernails, gardeners have soil on the brain. In the Pikes Peak Region of east central Colorado, a layer of recognizable top soil is generally thin, if it exists at all. Even so, the undisturbed landscape is far from barren. A host of different plant communities haveContinue reading “Life Beneath Our Feet”