Monday, October 26, 2009

Class Offered for Growing Pumpkins & Squash

Perhaps no family of plants is more fun and rewarding to grow than pumpkin and squash. The variety of pumpkins and squash is amazing. Their colors and shapes are interesting and even a bit artistic in the garden. The vines are fast and aggressive and require no great skills on the part of the gardener as long as a few simple rules are followed. Come learn about the ins and outs of raising pumpkins and squash. We will learn about heirloom varieties and new ones; raising them in large gardens or in smaller spaces with trellising tricks.

Local master gardener, Lisa Brewer, along with Extension Agent Linda Langelo, will be offering a class entitled “Powerful Pumpkins and Super Squash” as part of their on-going series of home gardening classes. The class is free to anyone interested in raising their own vegetables and fruit. Joy Akey, Extension Agent from Yuma County, will be there with lessons on the proper way to preserve the bounty from your next pumpkin and squash harvest! Squash and pumpkin are nutrient dense and calorie thrifty vegetables that we should utilize more often in our healthy diets. Recipes will be available to get you started on adding squash and pumpkin to your meals.

Class will be held at Old Town in Burlington on Saturday, November 7th. Class begins at 10:00 a.m. and will last until noon. If you are attending the class you may enter the facility at the west gate (the old Emporium entrance) between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. After that, you will need to go around to the new entrance on the east side of Old Town. If you would like more information on this or any other classes being offered please contact Lisa Brewer at 719-346-8828.

Perry Brewer

Thursday, October 1, 2009

True and False -- What to do for fall lawn care and other tidbits!

Fall and spring are the two better times to overseed your lawn. True.

When you overseed your lawn, your seed must make good contact with the soil. True.

Overseed your lawn with different types of grass species other than what you have. True.

When you fertilize your lawn in the fall, it keeps it greener longer and greens up earlier in the spring. True.

Fertilizing your lawn in mid-September stimulates healthier root growth. True.

Fertilizing your lawn in mid-November and mid-September also helps stimulate healthier root growth. True.

Fertilizing late in the season does not provide the same benefits to buffalograss and blue grama grass, bermudagrass or zoysiagrass as it does Kentucky Blue grass. True.

Fall is a bad time for core aeration. False.

Needled and broadleaf evergreens are at a higher risk when planted in the fall. True.

Needle drop occurs every autumn on conifers/evergreens. False.

Needle drop occurs every 3-4 years on ponderosa. True.

Needle drop occurs every 4-5 years on austrian pines. True.

Water your trees at the root zone once a month, if it is a dry month in the winter. True.

Start monitoring water for you trees beginning November 1 to March 1. True.