It's that time of the year for gardeners that is both bitter and sweet. It is sad to reflect on the end of the harvest of beautiful flowers, delicious fruits and vegetables. At the same time, it is wildly liberating to think that the endless weeding, watering and energy required to maintain that garden is drawing to a close. There's something almost cathartic about looking out on a snowy landscape knowing your gardening chores are mostly done.
All you have to do is remember these simple ABC's for end of the season gardening:
A - Amend the soil Have your soil tested and make the necessary adjustments. If you do it in the fall, by spring your soil will be ready to plant. Contact your County Extension Office for soil testing laboratories.
B - Bring in the last of the fruits and vegetables that won't survive frost
Looking for ways to be green in your life? Fresh City Life My Branch has ideas for you this weekend!
What's greener than reading a book & sitting down to discuss it? Slow down your life with Bear Valley's Saturday Morning Book Club this Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. Join the group for a cup of coffee and a discussion of Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Seen the movie? Come discuss the differences!
Celebrate summer with Fresh City Life My Branch this week!
Does summer mean relaxing with a good book? Then try the Between the Covers Book Discussion Group on Tuesday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. We'll be discussing Spooner by Pete Dexter.
This spring I vowed to stop using Roundup and other pesticides in my yard and garden. I thought I knew what I needed in order to begin my newest battle against the onslaught of bindweed, but on a whim I looked up bindweed in the library's database of Gardening, Landscaping & Horticulture Articles and got even more help for my fight!
In seconds, I had 7 articles to read. The first article listed had two pieces of information I wasn't aware of previously that I'm going to add to my strategy: it's more effective to attack the bindweed with a spot treatment in the fall (in my case, with my new product of choice--vinegar), and if you water the weeds first, the plants will be healthier, photosynthesize more and thus more of the vinegar will make it to the root system. My next vow? Use the library's databases more!
With gas prices rising and Earth Day April 22, you may be wondering if there are ways to conserve energy and help the earth.
There are a myriad of ways finding alternatives to driving, growing your own food, eating less meat, and making your living space more energy efficient. We at DPL can help! Here are a few resources on our shelves.
What does Fresh City Life My Branch have in store this week, you ask? The answer, as usual, is something for everyone!
The choices for your crafting and educational pleasure this week include:
Felting Fun on Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch. In this introduction to needle felting you'll learn to make a basic chick and a more challenging rabbit. All supplies will be provided, and you'll go home with your own felted critters! Registration is required, call 720-865-0135 or stop by the reference desk to register.
Want to have fresh lettuce all year round? Learn how on Saturday, February 26, 11 a.m. at the Ross-Univeristy Hills Branch.
Denver Master Gardener Barbara Masoner will share how she grows food throughout the year. Learn how to build a cold frame in your own yard. It's cheap, it's easy, and it provides fresh greens even during the winter!
Want to learn more about growing your own food, either throughout the year or in a small space? Check out some of these titles:
Join Jackie Burghardt of J.B. Landscape Design as she helps give us tips on winterizing your garden for enhanced spring performance on Tuesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library.
As summer comes to a close and the garden has much to offer, I have been thinking a lot about garden-to-table eating. The new wave of localized eating and knowing the source of one's food has led to many beautiful cookbooks that help you make the most of your garden.
Even if you skipped the heirloom Lemon Oxheart tomatoes this year, Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes provides many stunning photos and recipes, as well as inspiration for next year's garden plan.
I, for one, left out the potato patch this season, but the following recipe for herbed french fries cannot be missed. The volunteer Purple Peruvian Fingerling potatoes in my backyard will soon go under the knife to be made into these: