Sat May 10, 2014
Garden Report

The Challenges And Rewards Of Mountain Gardening

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.

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Sat May 3, 2014
Garden Report

Can't Wait For Spring Flowers? Many Bloom Early

Early bloomers like chokecherries flower longer if the weather remains cool.
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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.

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Sat April 26, 2014
Garden Report

How Mulch Will Lessen Your Gardening Workload

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.

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Sat April 19, 2014
The Garden Report

Beware! Some Ornamental Plants Have A Sinister Agenda

The Russian Olive spread so fast in Colorado that its sale was banned.
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Any plant can become a weed if left unattended. There are some popular plants grown for their aesthetically pleasing features that will spread rapidly and destroy flora native to Colorado. 

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Thu April 17, 2014
The Salt

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 12:49 pm

Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

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.

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