Invasion of lady bugs

Lady Beetles, or Lady Bugs, are very beneficial insects in the garden. They often make a meal of harmful insects such as aphids and spider mites. But when the temperature drops, Lady Bugs have been known to gather in mass and seek shelter inside homes. These beneficial bugs do not cause damage, and may just […]

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Extend vegetable season

Harvest time will start slowing down, but the taste for fresh vegetables never really wanes. Extend your veggie harvest with cold crops. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi and kale do great with cooler weather conditions. Some will even withstand frost or snow with the right protections such as mulching, row covers or using cold frames. […]

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Bringing plants in for winter

Bringing plants in for winter

If you are bringing annuals inside for the winter, be sure to check them for pests! Treat any plants exhibiting signs of pest problems before bringing them into your home – most pests, like the Greenhouse whitefly, will thrive indoors and can wreak havoc on your interior landscape. Not sure if you’ve got a pest […]

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Spiders are beneficial insects

Before shooing away cobwebs, consider the benefits spiders provide for your garden. The majority of spiders found in Colorado are not poisonous and help control harmful insects, such as wasps, flies and mosquitoes. One of Fort Collins Nursery’s resident spiders is the writing spider (or banded garden spider). These green and yellow striped spiders are […]

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Don’t let green tomatoes go to waste

As autumn draws in and nights get colder, you may find yourself with loads of green tomatoes left on the vine. Rather than composting them or letting them go to waste, try this simple trick to ripen them and continue to enjoy homegrown tomatoes just a little longer: Cut the vines and hang them, intact, […]

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Winter care for woody shrubs, trees

Don’t forget to water your woody trees and shrubs! Pick a day through the winter that is over 40 degrees and water thoroughly through the winter. Late winter is also a good time to prune deciduous trees and shrubs. Thinning cuts help encourage growth and increase the amount of light reaching inside branches. Winter is also a […]

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Winter herb gardening

Indoor herb gardens are a great way to extend the growing season and spice up culinary dishes. Choosing individual pots for herbs help control the moisture needs of particular plants. Most herbs like to be well watered, but also have good drainage. We recommend using an organic fertilizer high in nitrogen, such as Age Old […]

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Are your evergreens looking yellow or brown? This might be why…

Extreme temperature changes over short periods of time during winter months can leave evergreen trees looking a little yellow and sad. There are a number of different reasons an evergreen tree might be turning yellow/brown and/or dropping needles this time of year. Sometimes it’s perfectly healthy, other times it’s not. How do you tell the difference, […]

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Do voles dig your landscape?

If you’ve found damaged plants, mounded soil, and small burrow holes, you may have an unwelcome rodent helping themselves to your garden. Voles, which resemble large mice, are common in Northern Colorado foothills, forests and prairies. Voles live as families in burrow systems and can cause extensive damage to trees,  shrubs and crops (especially root […]

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Start seeds now for strong, healthy plants

The winter months are an excellent time to get a head start on your garden! Seeds are a wonderful and cost-effective way to try new varieties of vegetables. After choosing your seeds, be sure to follow specific starting instructions. Provide a draft-free 65-75 degree area, and a sunny window or full-spectrum grow light to get seedlings […]

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