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Plants of the season part 1: poinsettia

They come in deep reds, light pinks, ivory and even purple. They have dark leaves, light leaves, bi-color leaves and curly leaves. They are the focal point of our holiday…

It’s turkey time: cooking tips for a safe holiday

The CSU Extension office will be closed Nov. 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving. I wrote the following article last year, but a reminder is always important when it comes to…

Winter squash: a great addition to your fall menu

As you walk into any grocery store this time of year, you are usually greeted with a beautiful display of winter squash of all colors and shapes: yellow, orange, striped,…

It’s dry out there — time to water before the ground freezes

What a spectacular autumn we have enjoyed this year. Each day is sunny, warm and dry — a true gift as we know that cold weather is just around the…

Quinoa: an ancient and nutrient-rich food

Whether you are trying to eat a healthier diet, avoid gluten, add more plant-based foods to your family’s menu or just enjoy trying new things, quinoa is for you. Quinoa,…

Firewood and house log insects

As temperatures drop, many of us are warming our homes by burning wood in wood stoves and fireplaces. To make it easier to start that fire first thing in the…

Burn gas, not cash, to heat this winter

There is definitely a nip in the air and many of us will be flipping the furnace from “off” to “heat” very soon. Do you remember your heating bills from…

Happy first day of fall

Autumn has arrived and it’s time for my annual “why trees turn color” article. Driving to Creede last week, the aspen were already turning, so the color show is already…

Yellowjackets can be a nuisance this time of year

Wasps and bees can be a serious nuisance problem throughout Colorado, particularly late in the summer when certain yellowjacket wasps forage at garbage and outdoor food areas. Several wasps are…

Understanding the power of protein

Now that school has started back for the season, families often struggle to find time to eat a healthy breakfast before running off to school, early morning activities and work.…

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