Western Mountains and High Plains

August, 2014
Regional Report

Shows & Events

3 1/2 Season Vegetable Garden
Do you want to continue to enjoy the bounty from your vegetable garden even as the weather cools and the days shorten? The 3-1/2 Season Vegetable Garden: Extending the Garden Season in Colorado class at the Denver Botanic Garden will help you to develop your skills in succession planting and extending the growing season to get 11-12 months from your vegetable garden. Learn the importance of plant family names and how to group related plants successfully and rotate them, cool and warm season crops, and when and if you can replant for another season of certain crops. It will also cover techniques and materials to extend the season successfully so you can plant early in spring and keep certain crops going until late fall and into winter. The class will be held on Wednesday, August 13, from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $39 for members; $44 for non-members. The Denver Botanic Garden is located at 1007 York St. in Denver. For more information or to register online go to http://www.botanicgardens.org/programs/classes-lectures/rocky-mountain-gardening/3-12-season-vegetable-garden-extending-garden.

Favorite or New Plant

Blue Mist Spirea
Though it is not a true spirea, the arching branches of blue mist spirea (Caryopteris) give it a very similar appearance. When other shrubs have stopped blooming, the light to dark blue blossoms emerge on the blue mist spirea from late summer to early fall. It is favorite of honeybees and other pollinators, so keep this in mind when locating the shrub. Combine with late summer and fall-blooming perennials including asters and tall sedums. Blue mist spirea does best in full sun and well-drained soils.

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