Create a sustainable landscape

When designing a garden, keep in mind that if the long-term goal is to create a sustainable landscape, success is accomplished through a series of short-term goals. The proper design will be unique to a specific site and should be based on a careful review process. Identify what inputs are currently excessive. Develop a budget and timeline that are realistic and celebrate the accomplishment of each short-term goal.

What does sustainable landscaping mean? There are varying definitions but sustainable landscaping should include an attractive environment that is in balance with the local climate and requires minimal resource inputs, such as fertilizer, pesticides and water. Sustainable landscaping begins with an appropriate design that includes functional, cost efficient, visually pleasing, environmentally friendly and maintainable areas.

There are short-term as well as long-term goals for a sustainable landscape. For example, a short-term goal may include saving water or implementing and using a compost bin. Composting locally grown crops and kitchen waste and returning it back to the garden increases the organic matter in the garden while recycling nutrients within the landscape.

A long-term goal may be to create a more self-sustaining garden. This includes all aspects of total plant health care, proper plant selection, reduced inputs and maintainability. To find out more about Sustainable Landscaping, stop by the Extension Office or check out www.archuleta.colostate.edu to get the facts.

Fun in the Sun Day Camp

Archuleta County Extension along with the 4-H program presents their fourth Fun in the Sun Summer Day Camp, June 15-19.

This fun-filled summer day camp will be held at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The Summer Day Camp is open to any youth (not just 4-H, so bring your cousins and friends) ages 8 to 13 years. A wide variety of classes are offered for all types of kids.

During the day camp, kids will attend two “Fun-Shops” of their choice — one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Kids will make a daily craft, and play tons of fun games! The day camp will provide lunch each day so get ready for some Italian, Mexican, American dishes plus fresh fruit and salad bar daily. During the camp, the group will participate in games that include team building exercises, both physical and mental challenges, and will help kids learn life skills for the future.

The cost of the summer day camp is $120 for first timers, $100 for current 4-H members, and $100 for those campers returning from last year. This includes lunch, snacks, crafts and all “Fun-Shop” materials needed, camp T-shirt, etc. Camp size is limited to 40 campers, so we recommend registering early to get the classes that you want.

For information regarding the registration form or for more information on camp contact Sandy at 264-5931.

Calendar

June 4 — 6 p.m., 4-H District Fine Arts-Durango.

June 4 — 6 p.m., Dog Obedience and Agility project.

June 4 — 6:30 p.m., Shady Pine Club.

June 5 — 2:15 p.m., Colorado Mountaineers Club.

June 5 — 3:15 p.m., Goat project.

June 8 — 6 p.m., Beef project.

June 8 — 7 p.m., Swine project.

June 9 — 10 a.m., Entomology project.

June 10 — 3:30 p.m., Sportsfishing project.

June 10 — 6 p.m., Fair Board meeting.

June 10 — 6:30 p.m., Pagosa Peaks Club.

June 11 — Noon, Mountain View Homemakers.

June 11 — 6 p.m., Dog Obedience and Agility project.

Check out our Web page at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.