Reviews and Blog Posts: gardening


American humorist and writer Lewis Grizzard once said, "It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato."

I have pleasant thoughts just thinking about eating a homegrown tomato, and that's why every summer I put forth a lot of effort, time and money to get them.

Tomatoes like a long growing season, warm nights, consistent moisture, and acidic soil that is mostly humus. Colorado has a short growing season, cool nights, droughts and clay, alkaline soil. In spite of these challenges, delicious tomatoes can be yours if you follow a few simple rules.

Crafts, Books, and Courts--and It's Not Even the Weekend Yet!

Great House

So many things to do, and that's not even counting all the great events this weekend! Fresh City Life My Branch has something for YOU this week!

If you're itching to see flowers growing in your yard, make it happen! Get a bit messy with Throw & Sow Seed Balls, Wednesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch!

Planting Seeds and Pulling Weeds: Gardening with Kids

Roots Shoots Buckets and Boots

Research shows that over summer break thoughts of swimming and lemonade push out recently learned reading and math skills. Combat summer learning loss with gardening, not flash cards! Gardening is fun, educational, good exercise, and a great way to connect with your child.

Spring is here and it's time to start planning your garden. If you don't have a yard, get creative and plant your seeds in a window box like the little girl in Flower Garden by Eve Bunting. You can also use a large pot or go green and reuse a cardboard box or a basket.

Spend some time with your child as scientists observing your garden this spring and summer. Things to notice:

Putting your garden to bed

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

Be Green: Grow Food, Commute by Bike, and Read Books!

Sarah's Key

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

A Harvest of Herbs

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.

Bindweed Beware!

No Bindweed! Image

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!

Investing, Flowers, Feng Shui, and Salads!

Feng Shui in the Garden

It's a great week to jump in and learn at a Fresh City Life My Branch program!

You have 2 opportunities to learn the basics of safe investing in Outsmarting Investment Fraud, presented by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

Conserve Energy & Help the Earth

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.

Crafting Through Colorado History...With Bees

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.

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