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6501 CR 214 (Peach Valley Road)
New Castle, CO 81647
970-984-3850

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Sales, Events, & Pumpkin Patch – Plus September Gardening Calendar

FREE Annuals and Veggies
$3 4″ Perennials
25% – 40% Off Select House Plants
$35 5# Fruit Trees or 3 for $90
$18 Roses


September 2019 Colorado Garden Calendar

Direct-seed fall-season crops including lettuce, spinach, radishes, swiss chard, kale, and arugula. If the soil is compacted or dry, water the area first, wait a couple of days and fluff up the soil by hand tilling. This helps with root growth and water penetration.

Use fresh potting soil to grow a fall crop in containers, along with a slow-release fertilizer.

Tomatoes are ripening quickly (if yours are growing at all… ) and there’s no telling when frost will hit, so pick often. Pinch off the new yellow flowers because these blossoms won’t have time to mature; the plant will then focus on ripening existing fruit.

Harvest your apples when they are easy to pull from the tree.

Knowing when to harvest homegrown grapes is as easy as tasting one grape. Be sure to harvest at peak flavor because grapes will not ripen once picked.

Ripe raspberries and blackberries easily come off the vine. Pick the ripe berries often. You can make jams after harvest or freeze a layer on a cookie sheet; once frozen, place in airtight bags.

Weeds that have gone to seed this year will come back next year in larges numbers unless treated this year. Common annual weeds include crabgrass, purslane, mallow, and knotweed. Tough perennial weeds include dandelions, oxalis, plantain, and bindweed. Hand pulling weeds is an immediate and environmentally friendly method. It is also a great stress reliever after a bad day.

We use 30% horticultural vinegar and then pull the weeds the next day.

Let weeds dry out before tossing them, and never put them in a compost pile if they’ve gone to seed.

A late summer application of Nolo Bait will help reduce the grasshopper population both this year and next spring. We have a couple of bags left in stock, as Nolo has stopped their production for the year.

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


Houseplant of the Week: Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrata) is a tough plant that adapts easily to conditions. Once acclimated, it can grow to 6′ or taller. The plant’s waxy dark green leaves are a key attraction.

Light: Give it bright consistent light, preferably by a sunny window. Turn the plant every few months once it begins to lean toward the light.

Drafts: Make sure that your window is properly sealed. Figs are used to the still warm conditions of the rainforest. Cold drafts from windows, doors, and air-conditioning units may cause its leaves to dry out and drop.

Soil: Rich, well-drained peaty soil. Plan on re-potting about once a year. Once roots become crowded they will start growing through the container’s drainage hole, causing circulation problems and even root rot.

Water: Water only when soil is dry to the touch. Then water thoroughly (until the water drains into the saucer) and allow to dry out again. If plants don’t get enough water, new leaves will turn brown and drop; on the other hand, if they are overwatered, the oldest leaves (toward the base of the plant) will turn brown and fall off.

Fertilizer: Feed with our special concoction (1 tbls each of kelp, epsom salts, and Grow per gallon of water).

Pests: Figs are vulnerable to aphids, mealy bugs, scale, mites, and whiteflies. These pests cause the leaves to turn yellow and drop. Inspect the foliage regularly. If signs of infestation occur, use Safer Insecticidal Soap.


Recipe of the Week: French Onion Soup

Finely slice 5 lbs of onions. Add the onions to a skillet with oil and cook over low heat for two to three hours, stirring often. The secret to making this richly flavored soup is to caramelize the onions well. Next add the onions to a stock pot with 2 qts of broth. Add a bit of Better Than Bouillon. Finally simmer for a couple of hours. This is our go-to immunity booster.

New Jewelry: The Rooted Hemlock

Stunning Earth inspired jewelry. Made locally.


Upcoming Classes and Events

Reading with Rabbits

Every Thursday in September at 10 a.m. Usbourne Books will be available to purchase.


Pumpkin Patch Weekend Vendors Wanted


Pumpkin Patch starts Saturday, 9/28. If you interested in being a weekend vendor email me! Michelle@NewCastleGardens.com
Los Torres will be here every weekend in October.
Book field trips, birthday parties, and large groups now – 970-984-3850. New games & lot’s of fun!

Sale 9/3

FREE Annuals and Veggies
$3 4″ Perennials
25% – 40% Off Select House Plants
$35 5# Fruit Trees or 3 for $90
$18 Roses

Fungicide, Free Annuals, New Artists & Weekly Sales

Sales & Pest Control
FREE Annuals and Veggies
$3 4″ Perennials
25% Off Select House Plants
$35 5# Fruit Trees or 3 for $90
$18 Roses


Fungal Issues?


Powdery mildew on your squash? Septoria spots on your tomato leaves? Septoria begins on the lowest leaves on the plant.Small, dark spots are the first sign. Then the spots develop yellow halos. Leaves turn yellow, then brown, and dry before falling off. The disease spreads from lower leaves upward on the plant.

We have found that Safer OMRI Sulfur based fungicide to be the most effective control for fungal issues in our climate.


Happy Frog Fruit & Flower OMRI


With the late start to our growing season this year, we are fertilizing our veggies (especially our tomatoes) much more aggressively. We apply Fox Farm OMRI Fruit and Flower 1-2 time a week. Our tomatoes are finally getting larger and ripening. You cannot over fertilize with organic, low number fertilizers. If you are using a petroleum based, high number, blue soluble fertilizer; over use will kill your plants.


Nolo Bait


The grasshoppers were late, but they are here now and in large #’s. We are selling through our Nolo Bait like crazy now. Let us know if you need a 5# or larger bag and we can get it.


$18 Roses


We still have some beautiful roses in stock. There is still plenty of time to get them in the ground.


Houseplant of the week!


We finally have citrus in! It is great as a houseplant, it needs a brightly lit area, otherwise it is very low maintenance. Can you imagine your own homegrown, fresh citrus? What a treat in our climate.


Recipe of the Week!


Rainbow Rice!
Use 2 or 3 day old rice (I like brown or Jasmine best). Add avocado oil to a large skillet, throw the rice in. Then use literally every type of veggie you have. I also add mushrooms. Toss them in when the rice is browning. When it is almost done, make a whole in the center and ad 4-6 eggs, scramble them, then mix with the rice. Cooked shrimp or meat can also be added.


New Artwork and Jewelry

Georgina Ford – Photographer

Georgina Ford – Photographer
www.georginafordphotography.com
(985) 630-8594
georginafordphotography@gmail.com
Born in drab grey Swindon, England to an eccentric water-color artist mother, and a world-exploring military father, Georgina was always going to have art and travel in her blood. She moved to Harare, Zimbabwe when she was a small child and the colors of Africa surged in her veins. She picked up her first camera at around eight years old, a Pentax Spotmatic, but the wait to get photos developed was too slow for her need for immediacy, and she was drawn towards painting and drawing instead.

At 16 she sold her first drawing, a charcoal nude drawn on tobacco paper. She love the curves and lines of the human figure, the emotions dawn on faces, on skin. She was offered a bursary to study fine art at Edinburgh University in Scotland, but her parents directed her to get a degree that would lead to a ‘proper job’. So she gave it up.

She ended up in Dubai, UAE, for a turbulent nine years, which saw her have her son and find the man who would support her passion for art, who became her husband and her rock. Her husband was offered a job in Aspen, Colorado, and, packing up everything they owned (and their pets), her family and her moved to Colorado, USA where she began exploring photography as Art, not just an income. In Colorado she found herself, her home, and her purpose.

Having long-since lost the ability to draw and paint, her digital camera has become her paintbrush, painting the images she sees in her head with light instead. Her art pieces are designed to create emotions through the framing, and careful editing process she applies to each image. From harsh, gritty black and white, and sepia tones, to vibrant, saturated color, each piece is individually hand-edited to fit the exact mood of the piece, and its place in time.



Upcoming Classes


Pumpkin Patch


Pumpkin Patch starts Sat 9/28
Book your field trips, birthday parties, large groups now.
Lot’s of fun, new games.