Thursday, December 31, 2009

Landscape Seminar

January 20, 2010
Yuma Community Center
421 East 2nd Avenue
Yuma, Colorado

Topics and Speakers:

Growing & Pruning Fruit Trees/Shrubs
By Bruce Bosley, Natural Resources & Cropping Systems

Common Pruning Mistakes
By Tyson Reents, Owner of Sunrise Lawn Service


Composting and Aquaponics for your family or business
By Colorado Master Gardener Lisa Brewer and Linda Langelo, CSU Horticulture Program Associate

Raised Beds & Container Gardening with Trellising Techniques
By Bill and Deb Rawlings, Owners of William’s Fresh Floral and Garden Center

Contact: Phillips County Extension at (970)854-3616 for further details and to register by
January 13, 2010
Cost $35 includes lunch, late registration or at the door $45

Sponsored by Colorado State University

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Aquaponics: What is it all about?

In Phillips County in Colorado in our new Phillips County Community Event Center on January 16th, come and participate in an aquaponics workshop from 10 to 12.

Aquaponics yields two products: vegetables + fish. Join our workshop and find out how others are supplementing their income or starting a business with aquaponics. Grow foods that you love without soil or fertilizer. This system still is very conservative with water.

Call the Phillips County Extension at (970)854-3616 and ask for Linda Langelo, Horticulture Program Associate.

Gardening Workshops

The first in a series of gardening workshops is titled Designing Your Garden on January 9th in Burlington. Call Phillips County Extension at (970)854-3616 or Kit Carson County Extension (719)346-5571 for more information.

This workshop will focus on square foot gardening. The inventor Mel Bartholomew has made this technique popular. Its popularity is due to the strategy behind the techniques. This strategy changes the psychological approach to gardening. That strategy is less work and less space. Having less space conserves water. Let's face it-backyard gardeners are not farmers and farming is hard work.

The technique can be accurately described as each square is a foot and the maximum area is four feet by four feet. Each square can contain anywhere from 1, 4, 9 or 16 plants. This can give you a maximum of 130 plants/four foot block.

Every week you can easily manage one block of four feet by four feet in just an hour. The gardening is done in a raised bed. A great deal of work goes into the preparation of the soil in the raised bed that creates the four by four foot block. But once that is accomplished, you have no use for power equipment and an ideal place to sow seeds that is easy to work. The raised bed is is no deeper than a foot. This depth gives the plant's roots plenty of room to grow.

Join us January 9th in Burlington and learn more about this easy almost effortless way of gardening and save water at the same time.