Gardening – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Fri, 20 Dec 2019 17:40:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Ways to make your poinsettias last longer http://www.pagosasun.com/ways-to-make-your-poinsettias-last-longer/ Wed, 25 Dec 2019 12:00:53 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=193350 Special to The PREVIEW
Poinsettias are synonymous with the holiday season. These colorful plants brighten up homes with their vibrant hues in variations of red, white and pink, making them a holiday decoration many people cannot live without.
While they’re most visible during the often chilly holiday season, poinsettias prefer warm weather. Poinsettias are native to Central America and originally flourished in an area of southern Mexico. The Aztecs used the plant for decorative and medicinal purposes.
The poinsettia may have remained a regional plant if not for the efforts of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who was the first United States ambassador to Mexico under President James Madison. Poinsett, who would later found the Smithsonian Institution, had a love of botany and became enamored with the brilliant red plants he saw in Mexico. Eventually, Poinsett began growing the plants at home in South Carolina, and friends and others soon coveted them.
Poinsettias are beautiful and the bracts (modified leaves) can be vibrantly colored. That signature vibrancy is why many people would like to preserve their poinsettias to last beyond New Year’s, which is possible with the right care.
The following are some tips, courtesy of Mother Nature’s Network, Habersham Gardens, Oregon Live, and Phoenix Flower Shops, to keep poinsettias thriving past the holiday season.
• Start with healthy plants that have full leaves, bracts and deep colors.
• Poinsettias do best when the temperature is between 65 and 75 degrees. Temperatures below that or drafts from cold windows can cause leaves to drop.
• Position the plant in a room that gets indirect sunlight for at least six hours per day. If direct sunlight can’t be avoided, diffuse the light with a sheer curtain.
• Poinsettias need well-drained soil. Overwatering or allowing roots to sit in wet soil can cause the leaves to fall off prematurely. Water thoroughly only when the pot looks dry. In households with temperatures around 70 degrees, the plant should be watered about once a week.
• Fertilize the plant after the blooming season with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer.
• Try placing poinsettias in or near a bathroom, as they prefer high humidity.
It may be possible to get poinsettias to rebloom next season. Allow the poinsettias to dry out a little more in the spring. In May, cut about 4 inches from each stem to produce a lush, full plant during the winter. The plants can be moved outside in June and during the summer, but keep them away from direct sunlight. Return the poinsettias indoors beginning around October. Make sure the plants get at least 12 hours of darkness per day for around eight weeks in October and November. This will help them develop a deep hue and bloom on time for Christmas.

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October meeting of Mountain High Garden Club set http://www.pagosasun.com/october-meeting-of-mountain-high-garden-club-set/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:00:46 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179707 By Cecilia Haviland
Special to The PREVIEW
The Mountain High Garden Club will hold its final meeting of the 2019 season on Oct. 16 at the Colorado State University Archuleta County Extension building (fairgrounds) on U.S. 84 from 10 a.m. to noon.
All members in attendance will elect officers that will serve for two years (2020-2021). Offices up for election include: president, secretary, membership coordinator and program chair.
Following the election, the floor will open to members for a gathering of their ideas and suggestions for next year’s topics for programs and special events such as field trips, community projects or social events. This is your chance to voice your ideas.
We will follow the business part of our meeting with a unique and interesting talk on vermiculture by Sue Cocino, one of our garden club members. Learn what to do with your kitchen scraps once your compost is frozen solid or under 3 feet of snow.
Cocino will discuss pitfalls to avoid. She will actually bring her own vermiculture bin for viewing, so members can see for themselves how you can make wonderfully rich compost that is not “gross,” dirty or germy from those food scraps by raising worms. Do your part to not fill our landfill while building a load of rich compost that will be ready when spring arrives.

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Last chance to order seed mixes http://www.pagosasun.com/last-chance-to-order-seed-mixes-3/ Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=178180 By Cynthia Purcell
Special to The SUN
The San Juan Conservation District is offering local landowners the opportunity to purchase a variety of seed mixtures specially developed to provide a ground cover that requires very little watering.
Consider these mixes for establishing vegetation around newly constructed homes or for improving pasture condition. A native grass mixture, dryland pasture mix, native wildflower mix and a wildlife mix are available. Erosion control blankets are also being offered.
Orders are being taken until Oct. 2. The seed will be available to pick up on Oct. 16.
Need an order form? Please contact the San Juan Conservation District at 731-3615 or stop by our office at 505A County Road 600 (next to Piedra Automotive).
Thanks for making conservation count.

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Landscaping with native plants to be presented at Mountain High Garden Club meeting http://www.pagosasun.com/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/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/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/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/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/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/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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