Gardening – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 20:05:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 Landscaping with native plants to be presented at Mountain High Garden Club meeting http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/14/landscaping-with-native-plants-to-be-presented-at-mountain-high-garden-club-meeting/ Sat, 14 Sep 2019 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177621 By Cecilia Haviland
Special to The SUN
The benefits of landscaping with native plants will be the topic for the Sept. 18 meeting of the Mountain High Garden Club, to be held at 10 a.m. at the Archuleta County Extension building.
The presentation will feature Lake McCullough, of Pagosa Springs. McCullough is known for her knowledge of local wild plants and their uses for both food and medicine.
McCullough will discuss the unique benefits of growing and incorporating beautiful native plants in our garden landscaping. Native plants provide value to our environment for local wildlife as well as pollinating insects and birds. They also provide potential food and medicinal benefits.
Information about the Habitat Hero program offered by Audubon Rockies, including the requirements for certification of your garden as a Habitat Hero Landscape, will also be shared by McCullough.
Join us and invite a friend for this interesting and informative presentation.

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Vegetable Garden Tour set for Aug. 21 http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/15/vegetable-garden-tour-set-for-aug-21-2/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 22:09:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175564 By Cecilia Haviland
Special to The PREVIEW
The Mountain High Garden Club announces its much-anticipated yearly Vegetable Garden Tour set for Wednesday, Aug. 21. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. and includes three very interesting and unique vegetable gardens.
We will begin our tour by meeting at the Pagosa Springs Community Garden at 9 a.m. The garden is located on the west end of Centennial Park near the domes. We will have two volunteer docents to tell visitors about the Pagosa Springs Community Garden and Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership Community Garden Dome, their history and purpose, and to answer questions.
Our second stop in the tour will be the Community Garden Dome. It is a very short stroll to the Community Garden Dome located in the middle of the dome complex. A docent will guide the tour there.
When we complete our tour of the dome, probably around 11 a.m., we will tour Ron Chacey’s amazing vegetable gardens. Please try to carpool to Chacey’s as parking space is at a premium. Chacey has an incredible knowledge base about gardening and loves to teach; he is also scientific about the varieties of vegetables he grows, so there is always a lot to learn. Upon completion of the tour of Chacey’s garden, we will have a time to relax, socialize and share refreshments in his lovely yard.
Please remember to wear a hat, comfortable walking shoes, wear sunscreen and bring a bottle of water. Also bring a snack or treat to share after the tour at Chacey’s home. Invite a friend and have a wonderful day amid the growing things.

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Vegetable Garden Tour set for Aug. 21 http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/12/vegetable-garden-tour-set-for-aug-21/ Mon, 12 Aug 2019 11:00:53 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174937

Photo courtesy Cecilia Haviland
The Mountain High Garden Club will hold its much-anticipated yearly Vegetable Garden Tour on Aug. 21, with three stops planned.

By Cecilia Haviland
Special to The PREVIEW
The Mountain High Garden Club announces its much-anticipated yearly Vegetable Garden Tour set for Wednesday, Aug. 21. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. and includes three very interesting and unique vegetable gardens.
We will begin our tour by meeting at the Pagosa Springs Community Garden at 9 a.m. The garden is located on the west end of Centennial Park near the domes. We will have two volunteer docents to tell visitors about the Pagosa Springs Community Garden and Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership Community Garden Dome, their history and purpose, and to answer questions.
Our second stop in the tour will be the Community Garden Dome. It is a very short stroll to the Community Garden Dome located in the middle of the dome complex. A docent will guide the tour there.
When we complete our tour of the dome, probably around 11 a.m., we will tour Ron Chacey’s amazing vegetable gardens. Please try to carpool to Chacey’s as parking space is at a premium. Chacey has an incredible knowledge base about gardening and loves to teach; he is also scientific about the varieties of vegetables he grows, so there is always a lot to learn. Upon completion of the tour of Chacey’s garden, we will have a time to relax, socialize and share refreshments in his lovely yard.
Please remember to wear a hat, comfortable walking shoes, wear sunscreen and bring a bottle of water. Also bring a snack or treat to share after the tour at Chacey’s home. Invite a friend and have a wonderful day amid the growing things.

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Agricultural tours announced for the 2019 San Luis Valley Potato Festival http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/01/agricultural-tours-announced-for-the-2019-san-luis-valley-potato-festival/ Thu, 01 Aug 2019 22:14:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174308 By Jessica Crowther
Special to The PREVIEW
It’s that time of year again. The 2019 Potato Festival will be Sept. 7 at Chapman Park in Monte Vista. As the date is fast approaching, we want to be sure you’re prepared to enjoy the day with us.
There is another exciting opportunity available at the Potato Festival to those who want an in-depth look at the potato industry. The annual agriculture tour will be departing from Chapman Park by bus in Monte Vista at 8 a.m. and returning at 11 a.m. Hosted by the executive director of Colorado Potatoes, Jim Ehrlich, this tour will visit the San Luis Valley Research Center and a local grower’s field. Passengers will get to talk directly with growers and researchers, and get to see firsthand how potatoes are grown in the San Luis Valley. This tour is free of charge, but spots are limited. Those interested should contact Colorado Potatoes at (719) 852-3322 or info@coloradopotato.org to reserve a space.
After the tour, passengers can stay for the 2019 San Luis Valley Potato Festival at Chapman Park in Monte Vista and all the other fun activities it has to offer. All day at Chapman Park, there will be a 5K race, kid’s games, the famous mashed potato dunk tank, professional chef demo, bouncy houses and a trampoline quad jumper. There will also be food and craft vendors, games for the family, live animals, an antique tractor display with homemade ice cream, a truck and semi show and much, much more.
That evening, as an added feature, there will be a motorsport aerial freestyle show featuring X-Games medalists. This will be at the Ski-Hi Park Arena and tickets can be purchased at potatofest.eventbrite.com.

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Mountain High Garden Club to host annual Flower Garden Tour http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/07/09/mountain-high-garden-club-to-host-annual-flower-garden-tour/ Tue, 09 Jul 2019 11:00:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=172208 By Cecilia Haviland
Special to The SUN
The Mountain High Garden Club’s annual Flower Garden Tour will be held on July 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour features five unique and beautiful garden displays in and around Pagosa Springs.
We encourage interested participants to join the carpool that will meet at the southwest corner of the parking lot in front of the Camino Real store (in the Country Center near City Market) at 8:30 a.m. Parking at the various venues can be very limited.
Remember to bring a hat, a water bottle and wear comfortable shoes. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy at our picnic at the last garden on the tour. In the event of a bad weather forecast for that day, watch our website for a rescheduled date.
Directions to garden tour locations will be available by request at www.mountainhighgardenclub.com shortly before the event.

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Free gardening talk with Ron Chacey: Making the most of the remaining season and preparing your garden for rest http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/07/07/free-gardening-talk-with-ron-chacey-making-the-most-of-the-remaining-season-and-preparing-your-garden-for-rest/ Sun, 07 Jul 2019 11:00:22 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=172315 By Leslie Wustrack
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs Community Gardeners are sponsoring a free educational series on gardening throughout the spring and summer months at a variety of Pagosa Springs venues. Renowned expert Ron Chacey covers all topics related to vegetable gardening in the Pagosa Springs area. All gardening talks are free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, July 9, at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse, 230 Port Ave., Chacey, the eminent regional vegetable grower and an original founder of the Pagosa Springs Community Garden, will discuss how to make the most of the remaining growing season and preparing your garden for next year. Chacey will share his tips on end-of-season planting, production and methods of extension. He will also offer some tried-and-true tips on caring for your garden in preparation for next year’s growing season.
On Tuesday, July 9, beginning at 4:30 p.m., Chacey is inviting attendees to bring their questions — on any gardening topic of interest — and he will spend 30 minutes covering the inquiries. At 5 p.m., Chacey will cover this week’s topics and there will be an opportunity for a special show and tell.
An avid grower with more than seven decades of experience, Chacey is a believer in trial and error in all areas of gardening. Chacey believes that learning from mistakes is the foundation of successful gardening.
The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is located at the end of 5th Street on the San Juan River downtown. Decades old, the garden is on land owned by the Town of Pagosa Springs and plots are granted to the town’s citizens free of charge.
In 2017, the garden was rejuvenated by community volunteers with the assistance of local Pagosa Springs businesses. Raised beds and deer-out fencing were constructed with donated lumber. Soil amendments, fertilizers, seeds, plant starts, tools, hoses and other necessary items are all provided through the generosity of Pagosa Springs businesses. The Town of Pagosa Springs provides free water for the Pagosa Springs Community Garden.
The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is free and open to all. To receive more information, email PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com. Residents and town visitors are invited to stop by and enjoy the lovely space.
One of the gardeners has donated colorful, blank prayer flags that will soon be hung in the garden. If you’d like to write a positive message on one of the flags, simply ask any gardener in attendance and they’ll be happy to assist.
The 4:30 to 6 p.m. free gardening talk will be held at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse on Tuesday night, July 9. Light refreshments will be served. Event attendees will receive a free copy of Chacey’s “2019 Vegetable Growing Notes.” Visit http://www.Facebook.com/PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden or email PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com for further information.

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Free gardening talk with Ron Chacey: Choosing vegetable varieties and other gardening tips http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/06/23/free-gardening-talk-with-ron-chacey-choosing-vegetable-varieties-and-other-gardening-tips/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 11:00:56 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=170981 By Leslie Wustrack
Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Springs Community Gardeners are sponsoring a free educational series on gardening throughout the spring and summer months at a variety of Pagosa Springs venues. Renowned expert Ron Chacey covers all topics related to gardening in the Pagosa Springs area. All gardening talks are free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, June 25, at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse, 230 Port Ave. in Pagosa Springs, Chacey, the eminent regional vegetable grower and an original founder of the Pagosa Springs Community Garden, will discuss how to choose vegetable varieties that do best in this region. Chacey will share some of his tried and true favorites and some of his least favorites. He will also offer some general vegetable gardening tips from garden planning to diagnosing common plant disorders to weed management.
The evening’s format begins with a Q&A session followed by the garden talk. On Tuesday, June 25, beginning at 4:30 p.m., Chacey is inviting attendees to bring their questions — on any gardening topic of interest — and Chacey will spend 30 minutes covering the inquiries. At 5 p.m., Chacey will discuss choosing vegetable varieties and offer general vegetable gardening tips. The talk will conclude with real-life stories and information about what Chacey is actually doing right now in his personal gardens.
An avid grower with seven decades plus of experience, Chacey is a believer in trial and error in all areas of gardening. Chacey believes that learning from mistakes is the foundation of successful gardening.
The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is located at the end of 5th Street on the San Juan River in downtown Pagosa Springs. Decades old, the garden is on land owned by the Town of Pagosa Springs and plots are granted to the town’s citizens free of charge. In 2017, the garden was rejuvenated by community volunteers with the assistance of local Pagosa Springs businesses.
Raised beds and deer-out fencing were constructed with donated lumber. Soil amendments, fertilizers, seeds, plant starts, tools, hoses and other necessary items are all provided through the generosity of Pagosa Springs businesses. The Town of Pagosa Springs provides free water for the Pagosa Springs Community Garden.
The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is free and open to all. To receive more information, email PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com. Residents and town visitors are invited to stop by and enjoy the lovely space. One of the gardeners has donated colorful (blank) prayer flags that will soon be hung in the garden. If you’d like to write a positive message on one of the flags, simply ask any gardener in attendance and they’ll be happy to assist.
The 4:30 to 6 p.m. free gardening talk will be held at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse on Tuesday night, June 25. Light refreshments will be served. Event attendees will receive a free copy of Chacey’s 2019 Vegetable Growing Notes.
Visit www.Facebook.com/PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden or email PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com for further information.

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Opening Pagosa Farmers Market great success http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/06/21/opening-pagosa-farmers-market-great-success/ Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:00:34 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=171061

Photos courtesy Pauline Benetti
The first Pagosa Farmers Market of the season featured great weather, crowds of people, garden fresh veggies, a huge variety of potted starts, and new vendors.

By Pauline Benetti
Special to The PREVIEW
The first Pagosa Farmers Market of the 12th season was a huge success with great weather, crowds of people, garden fresh veggies, a huge variety of potted starts to be taken home and put out when the weather is right, two new vendors and two more coming soon.
Now, for those who could not find tomatoes, just relax. They will be here in nature’s own good time and not one moment before. This is our local growers’ greatest challenge — the short growing season.
In 2018, The Pagosa Farmers Market was the recipient of a grant from the national organization Farmers Market Coalition in the form of an EBT terminal that will accept SNAP cards, allowing the market to continue the Double Up Bucks program supported by Live Well Colorado.
Now we want all SNAP recipients to know that for the rest of the season through Sept. 21, they can double their food dollars. Every SNAP dollar spent is matched with a dollar from the Double Up Bucks program to a maximum of $20 per visit. Essentially, that means free fruits and veggies. That’s what the Double Up Buck Program promises. How can anyone turn that down? The terminal also facilitates purchases of healthy food with a debit card, thus increasing the customer count for our growers.
Here are three of the many reasons shopping at your local Pagosa Farmers Market makes sense:
1. Since local and regional products travel fewer miles, produce is allowed to ripen on the trees and in the fields, ensuring the best flavor.
2. Buying local maintains jobs, sustains family farms and ranches and contributes nearly $16 billion to the state economy annually.
3. Local farmers and ranchers are right here in your backyard. They are readily available to answer questions about their fresh products. “Know your farmer, know our food.”
If you did not make it to the first Pagosa Farmers Market, let’s see you this Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Find us at the east end of town where you will also find music, shade, tables and very likely your neighbor.
Consider this also an excellent time to renew your membership in Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS), the organization that supports the Pagosa Farmers Market, organizes our week-long celebration of Earth Day plus other activities that promote sustainability in Archuleta County.

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Free gardening talk with Ron Chacey: How to help your plants endure the heat http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/06/17/free-gardening-talk-with-ron-chacey-how-to-help-your-plants-endure-the-heat/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:00:06 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=170583 By Leslie Wustrack
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs Community Gardeners are sponsoring a free educational series on gardening throughout the spring and summer months at a variety of Pagosa Springs venues. Renowned expert Ron Chacey covers all topics related to gardening in the Pagosa Springs area. All gardening talks are free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, June 18, at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse, 230 Port Ave., Chacey, the eminent regional vegetable grower and an original founder of the Pagosa Springs Community Garden, will discuss how to help your vegetable crops survive the heat. A necessity for growth, the hot Colorado sun can also be a plant’s biggest enemy. Managing your garden with plant stress identification, proper watering, row covers, mulch and successive planting can ensure a successful season.
The evening’s format begins with a Q-and-A session followed by the garden talk. On Tuesday, June 18, beginning at 4:30 p.m., Chacey is inviting attendees to bring their questions — on any gardening topic of interest — and Chacey will spend 30 minutes covering the inquiries. At 5 p.m., Chacey will discuss the management of heat and drought. The talk will conclude with real-life stories and information about what Chacey is actually doing right now in his personal gardens.
An avid grower with more than seven decades of experience, Chacey is a believer in trial and error in all areas of gardening. Chacey believes that learning from mistakes is the foundation of successful gardening.
The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is located at the end of 5th Street on the San Juan River in downtown Pagosa Springs. Decades old, the garden is on land owned by the Town of Pagosa Springs, and plots are granted to the town’s citizens free of charge.
In 2017, the garden was rejuvenated by community volunteers with the assistance of local Pagosa Springs businesses. Raised beds and deer-out fencing were constructed with donated lumber. Soil amendments, fertilizers, seeds, plant starts, tools, hoses and other necessary items are all provided through the generosity of Pagosa Springs businesses. The Town of Pagosa Springs provides free water for the Pagosa Springs Community Garden.
The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is free and open to all. To receive more information, email PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com. Residents and town visitors are invited to stop by and enjoy the lovely space.
The 4:30 to 6 p.m. free gardening talk will be held at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse on Tuesday night, June 18. Light refreshments will be served. Event attendees will receive a free copy of Chacey’s “2019 Vegetable Growing Notes.”
Visit http://www.facebook.com/PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden or email PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com for the dates of all upcoming free gardening talks.

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Free gardening talk with Ron Chacey: Pests and disease solutions http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/06/09/free-gardening-talk-with-ron-chacey-pests-and-disease-solutions/ Sun, 09 Jun 2019 11:00:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=169742 By Leslie Wustrack
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs Community Gardeners are sponsoring a free educational series on gardening throughout the spring and summer months at a variety of Pagosa Springs venues. Renowned expert Ron Chacey covers all topics related to gardening in the Pagosa Springs area. All gardening talks are free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, June 11, at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse, 230 Port Ave., Chacey, the eminent regional vegetable grower and an original founder of the Pagosa Springs Community Garden, will discuss solutions for the pests and diseases that vegetable gardeners encounter in this region.
The evening’s format begins with a question-and-answer session followed by the garden talk. On Tuesday, June 11, beginning at 4:30 p.m., Chacey is inviting attendees to bring their questions — on any gardening topic of interest — and Chacey will spend 30 minutes covering the inquiries. At 5 p.m., Chacey will discuss solutions and integrated pest management, the methods of control for common pests and diseases. The talk will conclude with real-life stories and information about what Chacey is actually doing right now in his personal gardens.
An avid grower with more than seven decades of experience, Chacey is a believer in trial and error in all areas of gardening. Chacey believes that learning from mistakes is the foundation of successful gardening.
The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is located at the end of 5th Street on the San Juan River downtown. Decades old, the garden is on land owned by the Town of Pagosa Springs and plots are granted to the town’s citizens free of charge.
In 2017, the garden was rejuvenated by community volunteers with the assistance of local Pagosa Springs businesses. Raised beds and deer-out fencing were constructed with donated lumber. Soil amendments, fertilizers, seeds, plant starts, tools, hoses and other necessary items are all provided through the generosity of Pagosa Springs businesses. The Town of Pagosa Springs provides free water for the Pagosa Springs Community Garden.
The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is free and open to all. To receive more information, email PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com. Residents and town visitors are invited to stop by and enjoy the lovely space.
The 4:30 to 6 p.m. free gardening talk will be held at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse on Tuesday night, June 11. Light refreshments will be served. Event attendees will receive a free copy of Chacey’s “2019 Vegetable Growing Notes.”
Visit http://www.Facebook.com/PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden or email PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com for the dates of all upcoming free gardening talks.

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