The New ”It” Flower | It is no surprise that sales have spiked for the delicate flower, after all, we must consider the power of Pantone’s color of the year “Radiant Orchid.” The vibrant hue has made a big splash, appearing on everything from gardening gloves to the tabletop.The orchid itself is fairly easy to grow in Colorado, as long as you have plenty of patience and don’t overwater. Tagawa Gardens located in Centennial and voted “Best Garden Center for 2013 by Denver A-List,” recommends potting and growing your orchids indoors near a south or east window, allowing no more than 4 hours of direct sunlight. The flower itself wakes up a dull room, adding a nice pop of color and emanating a lovely, soft scent. Plant your orchids in portable decorative containers that can be easily transported outdoors for a garden party. Click here for more tips on growing orchids in Colorado.
Bee Buzz | Bees continue to be all the rage in gardens this year, especially in Colorado where there is a large number of environmentally-aware growers and consumers. ”With current water restrictions, many homeowners may choose to change out areas of lawn that aren’t used for recreation for children or pets, and replacing these areas with flowering plants to provide food and habitat for bees. Not only will you decrease water use (lawns generally need more water than native, waterwise bee-friendly plants), you may not spend as much time and effort to maintain your pollinator garden compared to the lawn,” says Kathy Roth, Master Gardner, Colorado State University. By moving from flower to flower, bees are important pollinators of many garden and wild flowers. Insect pollination is also essential for the cropping of most fruits and some vegetables. By planting native, pollen-rich flowers, trees and veggies, you can easily encourage bees into your garden. Read more bee-friendly benefits from Colorado State University here.
Edibles | Gardens aren’t just about flowers and basic veggies anymore. Boulder, also known as one of the foodiest cities in America, remains at the forefront of farm to table cuisine – a growing trend sweeping the nation. More and more gardeners and restaurateurs are riding the wave of home-grown produce, grains, and herbs by taking it to the next level with quinoa, dandelions in straw bales, and keyhole gardens. Check out these great harvesting tips with “How-Tos” on everything from tea gardens to edible potted plants ideas.
Compost is King | Landscape smart with composting “Do’s and Dont’s” from the experts. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promotes composting, which offers a wide range of benefits including:
- Reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.
- Promote higher yields of agricultural crops.
- Facilitate reforestation, wetlands restoration, and habitat revitalization efforts by amending contaminated, compacted, and marginal soils.
- Cost-effectively remediate soils contaminated by hazardous waste.
- Remove solids, oil, grease, and heavy metals from stormwater runoff.
- Avoids Methane and leachate formulation in landfills.
- Capture and destroy 99.6 percent of industrial volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in contaminated air. See Innovative Uses of Compost: Bioremediation and Pollution Prevention.
- Provide cost savings of at least 50 percent over conventional soil, water, and air pollution remediation technologies, where applicable. See Analysis of Composting as an Environmental Remediation Technology
- Reduces the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides.
- Serves as a marketable commodity and is a low-cost alternative to standard landfill cover and artificial soil amendments.
- Extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills.
Follow the simple steps in this 2-minute video, and in about six weeks, you’ll have a nutrient-rich compost pile to nourish flowers and vegetables – a great soil conditioner that your garden will love! Improving your home’s curb appeal also helps it sell. Check out landscaping tips to help sell your home here. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty is here to help. Call us at 303.893.3200 or learn more at www.fullersothebysrealty.com.