Topic: Gardening

Forest Gardening in Western Colorado

What is forest gardening? Forest gardening is a way of gardening that mimics natural ecosystems. Through observation and study we learn the patterns and principles that make a living system resilient, self-replicating, productive, efficient and diverse. We then take these principles and apply them to our home gardens, orchards, hedgerows and wood-lots. I think about …

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Edible, Cold & Drought Tolerant Plant List for Western Colorado Landscapes & Gardens

Edible Landscaping and Forest Gardening in the High Desert Steppes

Edible Western Colorado Native: Golden Current, with bright orange berries.Direct seeding is best in the fall or early spring as soon as the ground thaws. Transplanting can be done in the fall or early spring as well, however coniferous trees and some deciduous trees and shrubs like lavender, and hazelnut require winter water and are prone to failure if planted in the fall and left without water.

Some super benifical fall-planted cover crop plants: daikon, vetch, rye and wheat.

The late summer/early fall is the perfect time to think about fall planted cover crops. Cover cropping is not just for big acreage, it’s great for gardens and even small container gardens.

The main objectives of planting a cover crop are to maintain soil fertility by holding or adding carbon and nitrogen in the soil and by controlling weeds. Cover cropping also attracts bees, other beneficial insects and can prevent erosion.
Cover crop between old millet crop.