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Outdoors

  • Picadilly’s closed for the right reasons

        I stopped in at Picadilly’s Nursery recently for a last look around before they close their retail doors (they have announced they’re going to grow vegetables for wholesale).
        I worked there for just over a year a few years back, completed my horticulture internship there and was the perfect employee: most of my salary went right back to them as I shopped and hauled plants home every few days.

  • Too much snow, too little rain – what a year for weather

    There was no consistency in the nation’s weather this year. Droughts scarred much of Texas, other Southwestern states and some Midwest areas. Other regions suffered damaging floods. Contrast this with the unusually abundant snow pack in the Rocky Mountain chain through Colorado north to the Canadian prairie providences of Alberta and Saskatchewan, the two primary wetlands regions Colorado Central Flyway waterfowl nest in each spring.

  • State hunting regulations primer in advance of new season

        As the 2011-12 big and small game hunting opens, too many unprepared and uninformed hunters may find themselves on the list of violators of the state hunting regulations. For the most part, violations are unintentional, simply the result of failing to do a careful review and reading the regulations.
        Rick Basagoitia, the San Luis Valley’s area wildlife manager, reminds hunters to set aside time the review regulations.

  • Westminster’s 100 years includes long-gone fishing holes

    A community’s history and the outdoors side of that history go hand in hand.  Invariably, a community’s early history was more tied to and offered more outdoors experiences than our larger, modern and far more urbanized communities today. It is how the communities grew yet latched on to some of the outdoors.

  • Trending towards edible landscapes

    Linda C. Young
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        History has not recorded the exact date that man first realized he could harvest a seed from a plant, stick it in the ground, and grow another plant from it. But I’m sure that within a week or two, the first article about garden trends was being etched on stone tablets.

  • Where to plant all of those seeds

    Linda C. Young
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        Whether you purchase seeds online, through catalogues, or at a retail store, you’ll probably buy too many with no idea where most of them are going to go. Here are some tips to help you get the most enjoyment for your seed money.

  • Decisions made state resting place for Canadian geese

         Tourism is a major economic factor in Colorado that pumps considerable dollars into Colorado’s economy. One visitor, I would submit, that is neglected in the Front Range Colorado’s state tourism census is the thousands of graceful and resourceful migrating Canada geese.
        Somewhere in the range of a half million Canada geese travel into and through Colorado in their migration cycles. However, some spend the winter here in Colorado and a growing number have taken up permanent residency in the Mile High State.

  • Advice for novice seed catalogue browsers

        On Christmas Day, I was watering shrubs and decided to spend a few minutes cleaning up a small gardening area, which led to more than an hour of cutting, raking, ripping, hauling and general removal of dead leaves and stems from irises, daylilies and Blanket Flowers.

  • Winter watering, waiting for new seed catalogues

        Linda C. Young
        Winter brings mixed blessings to gardeners in Colorado.
        On the up side, we aren’t pulling weeds or mowing lawns, and the seed catalogues are coming soon. On the down side, our cold, dry winters can cause a lot of stress to some of our plants and we must perform that most dreaded of garden chores: winter watering. If you’re new to gardening along the Front Range, be advised that this is not a chore to overlook.

  • Great gifts out there for gardeners this holiday season

    Linda C. Young
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