Cold frames are miniature greenhouses that allow for a longer growing season at higher altitudes.
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Mud season has arrived in Colorado’s high country, which lasts from the first spring melt until the snow is gone. With the record snowfall this season, it could take until early June to melt. Short season gardening in the mountains is challenging but does have some advantages if you know what to grow and how to grow it.
With the onset of spring, everything seems to be blooming at once along the northern Front Range. Below are some plants that bloom early in the season to provide a mosaic of diverse shapes and colors for your garden.
The binding qualities of shredded mulch are ideal for windswept areas.
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Mulches evenly maintain moisture and temperature in the soil. They're also used to prevent weed growth. Contrary to what you might think, a variety of both inorganic and organic mulches are commonly used in the garden, albeit for different reasons.
A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.
It's inspired by the example of open source software, which is freely available for anyone to use but cannot legally be converted into anyone's proprietary product.