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”

Sage and Savvy, Number One

By Cheryl Conklin What’s a gardening website without tips, tid-bits, and to-do lists? Every now and then, at least, don’t you think? Spring clean-up will soon be wrapping up in these parts, but just in case you’re running a little behind, like I am, here’s a couple of tips: Use hedge shears to cut backContinue reading “Sage and Savvy, Number One”

To Build or Not to Build

By Cheryl Conklin Say you live in England and you love desert plants, succulents and cacti from South Africa, Baja California, or somewhere really exotic, like Colorado? Your soil is constantly moist, lightly acidic, crumbly with leaf-mould. It’s terrible! What can you do? That’s right, you’ll have to build your own soil. Make it lean.Continue reading “To Build or Not to Build”

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”