as I have just been dying to "play in the dirt" for the longest time!!! We just moved here from Mississippi in September, so this is my first spring. (People are mailing me pics of blooming dogwoods, azaleas, etc. and I'm watching it snow...again! LOL)
Anyhow thanks for the informative article - I always look forward to your posts!!
Welcome to Colorado. You might check and see if your garden center offers classes. If not, I think there are a couple in Colorado Springs that do, and there are several in Denver that do. My favorite, Tagawa Gardens, is in Centennial, just north of Parker--should be an easy drive for you. They offer classes on practically everything to do with gardening, with an emphasis on the particular challenges of the Front Range climate and soil conditions, e.g. vegetable gardening, tree planting and maintenance, landscape design, xeriscape, etc. Some of the classes are taught by Tagawa employees (who are very knowlegable and experienced) and many are taught by outside experts. For example, yesterday I attended a really good talk on fruit growing by Craig Miller, an arborist with the City of Parker, and came away with an extensive list of varieties of fruit trees, shrubs, and brambles that he knows from experience will grow and yield well in our climate (including apricots and peaches--yes you can grow them here) Not all of the varieties on his list are for sale at Tagawa, byt hey, you're on Dave's Garden. If you want something not available locally, you know where to find it.