Free hands on gardening classes
Sat 04/20/2019 at 10 a.m.
Composting 101 & Potatoes 102
Harvest and Create Compost 101
We will harvest last years compost and use it to enrich this years garden beds. We will create a new pile of compost. Please bring compostable materials if you have them, especially greens. An easy way to keep greens thru the winter is in a bag in the freezer.
The class is hands-on, bring gloves, materials to compost, and dress to get dirty!
The snow last weekend let us plant potatoes in containers. Weather permitting, we will plant them in the ground this Sat 4/20/19 at 10 am.
NOTE: Citrus 2019
We were unable to get citrus from the last grower mentioned. We have found a houseplant grower that does supply citrus and we will get you an up to date list. Thanks for your patience.
Get a jump start on weeds as you are prepping your soil and planting your first crops. We carry both horticultural vinegar and citrus oil based herbicides.
Green Gobbler Omri-Listed 20% Horticulture Vinegar Weed Killer
Green Gobbler’s 20% OMRI-Listed Vinegar Herbicide/Weed Killer is a non-selective bio herbicide that packs a punch. Use it to kill all types of weeds, including dandelions, crabgrass and other annual and perennial weeds. Our vinegar is certified for organic use by OMRI, because it is derived directly from corn. It contains no harmful chemicals and degrades promptly in the soil.
Omri-Listed Avenger Weed Killer
Avenger Weed Killer is a non-selective, post-emergent organic herbicide that safely kills weeds, grasses and broadleaves. Unlike other organic herbicides that just burn foliage, the active ingredient in Avenger, d-limonene (citrus oil), naturally strips away the waxy plant cuticle causing dehydration and plant death. University and independent testing results prove that Avenger® Weed Killer is as effective yet even faster acting when compared to the leading synthetic herbicides.
We are continuing to maintain our soil pH, add organic matter, and living organisms when planting and transplanting.
Back To Earth Acidified Composted Cotton Burrs
Back To Earth Acidified Composted Cotton Burrs is an ideal general-purpose mulch for amending clay or sandy soils. This product is available with elemental sulfur to help neutralize high pH soils. Soils low in organic matter and humus or with poor tilth and structure cannot be rejuvenated with chemical fertilizers. Back To Earth compost can quickly start improvement of such soils, since it begins to function immediately, restoring vital organic matter and humus to soils, regardless of soil conditions.
Black Gold Soil Conditioner
When it comes to buying a garden amendment, product quality is the name of the game. And the key to product quality is the choice of raw materials used to make the garden amendment. Take the popular Black Gold® Soil Conditioner; it is manufactured using only the highest quality raw ingredients. The product may include a combination of these raw materials: aged/composted bark, Canadian sphagnum peat moss, compost, bat guano, earthworm castings and a proprietary blend of mycorrhizae.
Potatoes 101 – Free Hands On Gardening Class
Saturday, April 13 2019 at 10 a.m.
Plant and grow a variety of potatoes, in a variety of ways. Hands on, bring your tools and gloves
Potato Varieties in Stock
La Ratte Potatoes
Late-season 110-135 days. This heirloom potato cultivar originated in France in the late 19th century. A fingerling type with yellow skin and deep golden flesh that remains firm and pleasantly waxy after cooking. Excellent for roasting and in salads. A popular variety with French chefs. Good storage qualities.
Mid-season 100-120 days. Bintje has a pale yellow skin on a long oval tuber with a yellow flesh. Heavy setting, the thick skin makes this a good storage potato. Excellent all purpose potato with fairly dry texture.
Late-season 100-130 days. Picture perfect baked potatoes! Tops for fries and baked potatoes. Russet-colored skins and bright white flesh. High yields and stores extremely well. This beautiful new russet potato is the one you’ll want sitting next to your steak on the dinner plate! Yields large uniform, great-tasting potatoes with russet skin and bright white flesh! Excellent for making fries or picture-perfect baked potatoes! High yields, stores extremely well. Harvest late in the season.
Dark Red Norland
Early-season, 70-90 days. Productive and early red-skinned variety. Selected for richer red skin color. Round to oblong tubers have white flesh, store well, and are excellent for roasting and boiling. Plant at closer spacing (6-8″) for small “new” potatoes. Resistant to Potato Virus A; moderate resistance to common scab and rhizoctonia.
Late-season 110-135 days. Unrivaled in creamy, buttery flavor and superb dense texture. Very popular, versatile variety that is excellent boiled, roasted or fried. Pale yellow skin and golden flesh. Scab resistant, some late blight resistance. Stores well
Early-season, 70-90 days. Excellent all-purpose potato. Widely-adapted, fast-growing plants do best when planted at 8-10″ spacing to avoid overly-large tubers. High yields of round-to-oblong tubers with buff skin and white flesh that store well. Resistant to Potato Virus A and Potato Virus Y; moderate resistance to Potato Virus S, Potato Virus X, blackleg, and foliage late blight.
Mid-season 100 days. Yellow-flesh standard. Large, upright plants produce round-oval tubers with yellow-buff skin and delicious, light-yellow flesh. Suitable for any cooking style and stores well. Resistant to Potato Virus A; moderately resistant to leaf roll. Susceptible to hollow heart, which can be avoided with consistent soil moisture.
Here’s a great link about how to plant potatoes:
This link has a lot of great info too:
Acidified Composted Cotton Burrs
Potatoes prefer to grow in acidic, light soil. We have found Acidified Cotton Burrs to be the perfect soil amendment for potatoes and the entire garden.
pH has to be maintained throughout the growing season. We fight both alkaline soils and alkaline water, so this is a product that we use a lot in our own garden. We carry garden sulfur in 4# and 50# bags.
GrowHands Salt Scrub
Gardening can be rough on your hands and body. We carry an all natural hand scrub, made right here in Rifle, to use at the end of a long day gardening.
Mom’s Magic Balm
Speaking of a long day in the garden, I use Mom’s Magic Balms on my hands and feet every night. It has really helped with some problems I have with my hands. Not only is it effective, it is made right here in Glenwood Springs.