Garden Guru

Garden Guru: Those four-footed rodents

published: January 2019 Garden Guru: Those four-footed rodents by Matie Belle Lakish Readers may have noticed my focus on wildlife in the last two articles. This month I want to highlight those four-legged visitors that gardeners usually consider less benevolent...

Garden Guru: Don’t stress! Enjoy your garden

published: June 2019 Garden Guru: Don’t stress! Enjoy your garden by Matie Belle Lakish What feelings do you have when you go into your garden? Do you see all the things that need to be done, and suddenly feel your stress level rise? Or do you notice the small...

Garden Guru: Holiday Garden Gifts

published: December 2019 by Matie Belle Lakish Holiday gifts for, and from, gardeners can be as creative as the gardens themselves. Whether you are giving a gift to a beginning gardener or choosing something for the experienced gardener who has “everything,” it is the...

Garden Guru: Green Earth Farm – the new garden

published October 2019 by Matie Belle Lakish When anyone mentions organic farms of Saguache County, Green Earth Farm is usually what comes to mind. Tom and Lillian McCracken have been leading the way since the 1980s by providing organic produce and herbal preparations...

Garden Guru: The miracle of trees

by Matie Belle Lakish As I sit by my fire, mesmerized by the flames, I am struck once again, by the miracle of wood. And trees. If I focus my attention on it, I can vaguely remember the botany classes I took, and the descriptions of the xylem and phloem and the...

Garden Guru: Why does your garden matter?

published: August 2019 Garden Guru: Why does your garden matter? by Matie Belle Lakish Sometimes, especially during mosquito season when going outside and doing anything can be a literal pain, we might ask, “Is growing a garden really worth it?” I decided to look at...

Garden Guru: Selecting for nutrients

published: February 2017 Garden Guru: Selecting for nutrients by Matie Belle Lakish Seed catalogs are piling up and the days are beginning to lengthen. It’s time to make some tough decisions about how to use that precious garden space.  Some of us may be looking at...

Garden Guru: What’s up with the bees?

published: September 2019 Garden Guru: What’s up with the bees? by Matie Belle Lakish The bee’s wings were shriveled and useless. The poor thing looked normal in most ways, but with short, crumpled wings it couldn’t fly. Bees tend to remove dead and injured bees from...

Garden Guru: More About Trees

originally published: February 2020 Garden Guru: More About Trees by Matie Belle Lakish Last month I talked about the importance of trees in long-term storage of carbon, and how even the roots can help with this planet-critical function. A high-mountain desert is not...

Garden Guru: Conserving precious water

The Crestone Eagle • June, 2020 Garden Guru: Conserving precious water by Matie Belle Lakish As I write this, the middle of May, 2020, our part of the SLV is at 27% of normal precipitation, in an area where normal is between 7” and 10” of moisture, depending on where...
Garden Guru: Conserving precious water

Garden Guru: Conserving precious water

The Crestone Eagle • June, 2020 Garden Guru: Conserving precious water by Matie Belle Lakish As I write this, the middle of May, 2020, our part of the SLV is at 27% of normal precipitation, in an area where normal is between 7” and 10” of moisture, depending on where...

Garden Guru: Spring Greens

Garden Guru: Spring Greens

The Crestone Eagle • May, 2019 Garden Guru: Spring Greens by Matie Belle Lakish Have you planted your spring greens yet? Greens for salads are some of the easiest plants to grow, and yield huge nutritional rewards. You can even grow them on your windowsill, if you...

New Spring Gardens

New Spring Gardens

New Spring Gardens by Matie Belle Lakish Many people are planning on gardening this year who may not have gardened much in our high-altitude area. Maybe you had a small plot in the past, or are moving here from another area. Or perhaps you have more time on your hands...

Garden Guru: Byron Pike & High Ground Gardens

Garden Guru: Byron Pike & High Ground Gardens The Crestone Eagle • March, 2020 by Matie Belle Lakish High Ground Gardens, local seed purveyors, was began by Bryon Pike, whose intention was to offer locally adapted seed varieties, while preserving the local...

Garden Guru: More About Trees

Garden Guru: More About Trees

originally published: February 2020 Garden Guru: More About Trees by Matie Belle Lakish Last month I talked about the importance of trees in long-term storage of carbon, and how even the roots can help with this planet-critical function. A high-mountain desert is not...

Garden Guru: Green Earth Farm – the new garden

Garden Guru: Green Earth Farm – the new garden

published October 2019 by Matie Belle Lakish When anyone mentions organic farms of Saguache County, Green Earth Farm is usually what comes to mind. Tom and Lillian McCracken have been leading the way since the 1980s by providing organic produce and herbal preparations...

Garden Guru: The miracle of trees

Garden Guru: The miracle of trees

by Matie Belle Lakish As I sit by my fire, mesmerized by the flames, I am struck once again, by the miracle of wood. And trees. If I focus my attention on it, I can vaguely remember the botany classes I took, and the descriptions of the xylem and phloem and the...

Garden Guru: Why does your garden matter?

Garden Guru: Why does your garden matter?

published: August 2019 Garden Guru: Why does your garden matter? by Matie Belle Lakish Sometimes, especially during mosquito season when going outside and doing anything can be a literal pain, we might ask, “Is growing a garden really worth it?” I decided to look at...

Garden Guru: Those four-footed rodents

Garden Guru: Those four-footed rodents

published: January 2019 Garden Guru: Those four-footed rodents by Matie Belle Lakish Readers may have noticed my focus on wildlife in the last two articles. This month I want to highlight those four-legged visitors that gardeners usually consider less benevolent...

Garden Guru: Don’t stress! Enjoy your garden

Garden Guru: Don’t stress! Enjoy your garden

published: June 2019 Garden Guru: Don’t stress! Enjoy your garden by Matie Belle Lakish What feelings do you have when you go into your garden? Do you see all the things that need to be done, and suddenly feel your stress level rise? Or do you notice the small...

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