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Tom Throgmorton

Tom Throgmorton KUNC Garden Reports

Tom has been offering garden advice on KUNC for almost two decades. During that time he has been the wholesale sales manager at Ft. Collins Nursery, Inc. Since January of 2005 he has been the owner and operator of Throgmorton Plant Management, LLC., a landscape installation and maintenance company as well as a horticultural consulting firm.  He lives in northern Ft. Collins with his wife and two kids.


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A drop in temperature by 60 degrees in just a few days may be damaging to perennials, shrubs and trees. There isn’t a thing we can do about the cold front that came through the Front Range this past week, but there are some things we can do to minimize the potential plant damage.

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One plus for the residents of Fort Collins is that their community is host to Colorado State University's Flower Trial Gardens. Located along College Avenue, the gardens feature annual flowers, perennials and cool season bloomers.

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One of the joys of horticulture and gardening is it’s a continual learning process. Just when you think you know how a plant is going to react, nature throws a curve ball and the plant doesn’t react as expected.

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With the fall garden clean up come piles of yard waste generated from dead-heading, weeding, mowing and moving plants. Tossing all of that organic matter doesn’t make sense, especially when it can be turned into riches for the garden – compost.

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It’s October and that means we’ll begin seeing more and more squash and pumpkins on display. These annual, trailing vines are native throughout the Western Hemisphere. The family includes soft-sided summer squash like zucchini and hard-shelled winter squash like acorns and pumpkins.

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To enjoy Colorado is to appreciate summer temperatures even well into the fall. While this weather is wonderful for people, it’s quite confusing for plants. Like other life forms, plants need to prepare for winter. Cool weather is one of their triggers to stop growing.

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At some point in September, we’re going to have a frost or freeze. That marks the end of most annual flowers and the vegetable garden. As we move into the fall, the days won’t be too hot and the nights will be cool. It’s time to clean up the frozen plants and prepare for winter and next spring’s growing season.

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Spring may resemble the time when most gardeners commence planting, but autumn is just as good of a time when it comes to ideal conditions for establishing new plants. Whether to transplant new flora into the soil in fall or spring depends on the characteristics of the plant.

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When things go wrong with plants there are steps to get to the root of the problem. Systematic sleuthing considers all of the possibilities when identifying the source of the cause behind a sick plant.

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Mmm… Colorado Peaches. Early and mid-season varieties are best eaten fresh. Mid-season varieties ripen in August. They include Sullivan, Blake and Globe. Late ripening varieties include Elberta, Redskin and Hale. They’ll ripen in early September.