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June Gardening

2021 June Sales

Raspberries on Sale for $10

Normally $11.95

Colorado grown. Heritage everbearing red raspberry is a favorite for its flavor, firmness and fruit size. This variety produces abundant crops of large, sweet, dark red berries that are perfect for eating fresh, canning, freezing, or making jams and jellies. These self-supporting, upright canes are hearty enough to grow in poor soil, but requires a well-drained site.

This bush has two harvest seasons, with a moderate yield in July and a heavy yield in September until frost, making them everbearing. Floricane berries ripen in July and primocane berries ripen in September through frost. Red Heritage is cold-hardy and self-pollinating.

*After planting, be sure to prune the bare-root canes back to about 2 inches above the ground. Do not skip this step! It is a crucial factor in encouraging the roots to send up new growth during the growing season. It is in the nature of raspberry plants to send up new growth as suckers or basal shoots from below the ground. This means the canes that you plant may not be where you find signs of life or new growth. When it’s time to grow, you will see new sprouts emerge from the ground around where you planted the cane, and this growth is coming from the raspberry plant’s root system.

Annual Produce 25% Off

It is time to get your fruits and veggies into the ground. To help with this we have marked down all of our annual produce plants.


Classes are Back!
Thrillers, Fillers, Spillers : Pot and Basket Design
Sat 06/12/2021 @ 10:00 a.m.

Container Design

Join us for one of our most popular classes. Learn planter design basics. Designers will be available to help you make your own flower planter. Pre-registration and suggested $10 donation.

Please register here


Food for Thought

Plant Nutrition
While we often think of our own diet, how many of us think about our gardens diet? Have you heard the saying Eat a Rainbow? This means that your diet should be filled with fresh fruits and veggies in a wide range of colors. Different colors provide different phytonutrients. You want a broad diversity of what you eat to get a complete diet. You are not going to get a complete and healthy diet if you eat the same thing every day.

Junk Food
The same applies to your garden. It needs a diverse diet to thrive. A diet that living soil provides. If we feed the garden unhealthy foods, it will not be healthy. One of the worst dietary items for your garden is those quick fix, blue crystalline, chemically derived, water soluble fertilizers.
These fertilizers make gardening easy for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you have a black thumb, you will have a hugely successful garden season. The nasty blue crystals outsource the jobs of living soil microbiota and leave plant nutrition up the synthetic fertilizers. The blue crystals are heavy in salt and are harmful to soil microbes, the living, breathing organisms that have an actual job of providing nutrients to our plants. They are blue due to the addition of copper sulfate. Copper sulfate is a fungicide. It kills the soil microfungi that naturally provide food to your plants.

Chemically derived fertilizers supply an enormous amount of nitrogen for plants so that they grow big, bushy, green, and fast. The nitrogen is derived from synthetic ammonium and water-soluble nitrates, producing chemicals that are harmful to soil microbes, worms, and all other forms of life in the soil. In fact, is so strong that it will actually burn the leaves and roots of your plants

Imagine what it’s doing to the healthy bacteria, fungi and other soil microbes that are working so hard to provide the nutrients your plants need.

Health Food
Consider us your natural and organic grocery store for your garden. We are stocked with fantastic fertilizer options for you.

Gro-Rich Garden Fertilizer
Gro-Rich Garden Fertilizer by Richlawn is what we are using in our in-ground garden this time of year.
Benefits of using Gro-Rich:
Formula: 5 – 10 – 5 plus Iron & Sulfur (Also contains Zinc, Calcium, and Magnesium) Contains chelated iron as an iron source.
· Gro–Rich Garden Fertilizer provides the formula recommended by local garden experts in the Rocky Mountain Region.
· Gro-Rich is unique in its organic base offering nutrients to your plants while improving the health of your soil.
· Gro-Rich is Organic Based and fortified with DPW (Dehydrated Poultry Waste).
Plant Growth
· Gro-Rich contains the primary nutrients necessary for plant growth (Nitrogen – 5%, Phosphorous – 10% and Potassium – 5%)
· Gro-Rich is fortified with DPW (Dehydrated Poultry Waste)
· DPW offers nutrient value plus billions of beneficial micronutrients that improve the uptake of nutrients and your soil texture.
· Gro-Rich Garden Fertilizer contains secondary nutrients for optimum plant production + Chelated Iron, Sulfur, Magnesium, & Calcium).
Production
· Gro-Rich Garden Fertilizer will increase the number of blooms on flowering plants.
· Gro- Rich Garden Fertilizer will increase the number and size of vegetables.

Bloom by Age Old Organics
For our hanging baskets we use Bloom by Age Old Organics.
· Bloom is an odorless formula that supplies plants with a fast-acting, natural source of nutrients high in phosphorus.
· The high phosphate levels encourage early flowering and better fruit set for most flowering and fruiting plants.
· Bloom can be used as both a foliar feed and soil drench. Use Bloom on plants during the flowering and fruiting stages.


Grasshoppers

Nolo Bait is the only proven effective, organic grasshopper bait.
We currently have 1 pound bags in stock. We were just notified that we will not be getting 5 pound bags and that Nolo is out for the year. We have less than 30 pounds in stock. Hurry in before they are gone!


June Garden Calendar

Landscape
Water in late evening to early morning, between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
Check and repair sprinkler heads for poor coverage if you see dry or dead areas in the lawn.

Veggies and Herbs
Continue transplanting warm-season crops like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. Shorter-season tomatoes need at least 55 to 65 days to grow, flower and fruit, so get everything planted the first weekend.

Annuals and Perennials
Keep lettuce and spinach harvested. Cool-season plants will soon begin to bolt and lose their flavor and texture.
Plant basil seeds now and keep the bed or container evenly moist during germination. Continue to plant seeds every three weeks during the. Pinch off flowers to maintain the best flavor. Be sure to harvest the leaves all summer, especially younger leaves.
Keep plants deadheaded unless you’re saving seed heads to feed birds, or allowing rose hips to add color in fall.
Divide spring-blooming perennials and replant in other parts of the garden. Divide in the cool of the morning or evening and water well after planting.
Pinch back chrysanthemums weekly until the Fourth of July to keep the plant from blooming too early.
Fertilize hybrid tea and grandiflora roses every four to six weeks with a balanced fertilizer or specially formulated rose food.
Cut off spent flowers of both annuals and perennials all season for continued bloom. Many perennials have just one blooming period, but the plant will look tidier if deadheaded.

Fruits
Thin tree fruits for larger and sweeter fruit and to reduce limb damage. Apples: thin to 6-8 inches between fruit; peaches, 6-10 inches; apricots and plums 2-4 inches. Thin by hand or use a pole.
Protect ripening June-bearing strawberries from birds and squirrels. with protective 1/4- to-1/2-inch mesh netting. Stake well to prevent birds from getting underneath and injuring themselves.
Birds will know when your cherries are ripe before you do, so use care if using netting.

Insects
A sticky substance on leaves or pavement or ants climbing trees is a sign of aphids.
Watch for signs of spider mites on ornamental evergreens such as spruce and arborvitae. As with aphids, try neem, pyrethrins or spinosad.

Adapted from: https://extras.denverpost.com/graphicsdept/gardencolorado/calendar/gardencoloradocalendar.html

Quality Soil = Healthy Plants & Featured Artists Noemi & Kristof Kosmowski

Garden Class – Know Your NPK’s

Saturday, 4/14 at 10 am
Suggested donation of $5
Masks & Social Distancing
Hands-on Class – Bring Your Tools

Come and get a thorough understanding what nutrients your plant needs & how to supply them.

Sign Up Here


Quality Soil = Quality Plants

It’s that time of year to be wary of large chain store soils & amendments. Everyone likes to save money, but as the saying goes “if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.” That can certainly be the case with cheap soils, amendments, and mulches. The reason they’re cheap is because they’re often made with inferior materials in a large-scale production with low quality control. We have had many customers express how poorly their garden or perennials performed after using some of these bargain products. Some of the cheaper garden soils have very little organic matter with poor soil structure and no nutrients to feed your plants. Cheaper garden mulches are often made with recycled ground up pallets, and then painted with artificial dyes. Wood pallets are used in many different industries and what could have been spilled on those pallets is any one’s guess. While were all about recycling, this might not be the best use for our plants. In some cases, we advise our customers to dig these products out and start over. So, what makes the premium brands of soils and mulches better? Quality control for starters. Brands like Fox Farm, Black Gold and EKO are made to the highest standard in small batches. The soil scientists behind these brands have spent years hand crafting these soils for optimum growth performance. Yes, they cost a little more, but as the other saying goes “you get what you pay for.” Having a garden is an investment of both time and money. The more we put into them now the more they will give back later.


Featured Artists – Noemi & Kristof Kosmowski

We are lucky to carry the amazing work of Noemi & Kristof Kosmowski!

Kristof began his artistic career in Warsaw, Poland where he attended the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. He graduated in 1982 with a Masters Degree in graphic design.

Kristof worked as a graphic designer throughout Europe while honing his skills as a fine artist. An avid sportsman and former member of the Polish National Sailing Team, he naturally gravitated to painting images of the sports he loved.

From sailing to skiing, tennis and golf, the artist captures the fluidity of movement in his unique style. The Polish Postal Service commissioned the artist to design sports related images for national stamps.

Kristof and his wife Noemi, also a third generation professional artist, arrived in the United States in the early 1990’s and settled in South Florida. There they quickly became known for their work in Trompe L’oeil and numerous exhibitions at leading galleries throughout Florida ensued.

Noemi’s still life pieces have gone from classical renderings to explosive, colorful contemporary realism. The viewer can almost taste the flavor of the subject while smelling the aromatic scents wafting from the images.

The couple relocated to the picturesque town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado in 2009, so that Kristof could return to his love of snow skiing. Both artists discovered a new passion; that of painting the horse. Noemi interpreting her subject in her infamous classical style, while Kristof transferred his love of speed, fluidity of movement and excitement to his depiction of the sport of kings, polo..

From:https://www.solarpublishing.com/noemi-kosmowski


Rose & Perennial Pruning, Kitchen to Garden Secrets, and Featured Artist

Garden Classes – Rose & Perennial Pruning 101

Saturday 4/10 at 10 am
Suggested donation of $5
Masks & Social Distancing

Learn by doing! We will cover proper pruning techniques. Then we will work on pruning perennials and roses.

Sign Up Here

Hands-on Class
Bring Your Tools


Garden Center Goods – Briarwood Lane Flags & Spinners

We have expanded our selection of goods in the Garden Center. We are happy to say that we are carrying Briarwood Lanes flags, spinners, and windsocks. Add some whimsy to your garden or house.


Kitchen to Garden Secrets

I like to use what I can from my kitchen in my garden. If you can eat it, it is generally safe to use in the garden.

When you hard-boil eggs, save the water. Calcium leaches from the shells when they are boiled. Calcium is especially important for tomatoes. It prevents blossom-end rot.

Add Epsom Salts when you add Calcium. Epsom Salts are not a true salt, this is a misnomer. They are almost pure Magnesium. The Magnesium is needed to make Calcium bioavailable.

When you boil or steam veggies or pasta, save the water. Let it cool and water the plants you are growing. The nutrients in the water feed your plants. The vitamins in the water are bioavailable after soil microorganisms break them down.

Put left over coffee and coffee grounds in your garden. Coffee is high in nitrogen and lowers the pH (especially important with our basic soils and water).

Save your banana skins and let them dry outdoors. Plant them next to your plants. You can also soak them in water and use that water on the plants. As they steep or decompose, they add potassium as well as small amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and magnesium.

Chamomile tea helps to prevent fungus on seedlings. Chamomile tea is high in sulfur. Sulfur fungicides work best in our high pH climate. Spray your seedlings with it either before sunrise or after sunset.

Save your fruit and vegetable peelings and scraps. Not only can you add them to your compost, you can use your blender or food processor to make a slurry. Use this when you water your plants. The nutrients from your scraps add valuable nutrients to your plants.

Remember, you can always add these items and many more to your compost pile.


Featured Artist – George W. Cutting III

George W. Cutting III is a gifted photographer. We are lucky to have his work in our store. George has been incredibly involved in our community. We all miss him, but wish him well in Alaska. Now we all have the perfect reason to visit Alaska. We love you so much George.