How to winterize your outdoor spaces

By Julie Kailus, Longmont Magazine With cold weather on its way, most of us are already wondering how to keep our homes cozy this winter. Focused on furnaces, we often overlook our home’s most exposed elements: patio kitchens, yards and gardens, even windows and doors...

Twelve Days of Christmas for Gardeners

By Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension To celebrate the season, sing along with me (with apologies to the original version of the carol).  In the final days of Christmas, the garden calls to me: 12 Seeds a-sprouting In late winter, change up your garden...

Backyard Kitchens – Grilling and then some

Now that sun-drenched Colorado days are here to stay, it’s time to move the dinner plans outdoors where you can enjoy simple meals with family—or entertain friends well after sunset. Let’s face it, once you start thinking about on-the-fly festive outdoor occasions on...

Lawns need checkups, too

There is little doubt in my mind why lawns are so important to people.  Historically, lawns have been a sign of wealth and prosperity.  They were mowed by grazing animals, often sheep, and the number you could graze on your lawn showed the neighbors how rich you...

Bulb planting time is upon us

Close your eyes and imagine next spring, the thrill you get with the first crocus opening its blooms in the sunlight. The sight of that early speck of color turning into an eye-popping wave of beauty is a sure cure for winter blues. It’s also one of the only things...