Gardening – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:27:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Gardening – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Pagosa Farmers Market http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-farmers-market-3/ Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=210351

Photo courtesy Pauline Benetti

Abundant juicy, flavorful nutritious tomatoes. The Pagosa Farmers Market vendors had bushels of them for most of the summer, along with a variety of other vegetables. As always, our season draws too soon to an end and the supply is slowly reduced. This Saturday is the last market, so do come on by and select from the end-of-the-season bargains and say goodbye to your favorite growers. The hours are still 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Last chance to order seed mixes http://www.pagosasun.com/last-chance-to-order-seed-mixes-4/ Sun, 13 Sep 2020 11:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=209937 By Cynthia Purcell
San Juan Conservation District

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. 1. The seed will be available to pick up on Oct. 15.

Need an order form? Please contact the San Juan Conservation District at 731-3615 or stop by our office at 505A County Road 600. Order forms are on the front door.

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‘Breakfast IN a Balloon’ launches this week to benefit GGP http://www.pagosasun.com/breakfast-in-a-balloon-launches-this-week-to-benefit-ggp/ Sat, 05 Sep 2020 11:00:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=209698

Photo courtesy Bella Rohleder
After closing its greenhouses to the public, the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) began working to grow food for the Pagosa Farmers Market and local food pantries. The GGP’s first fundraiser of the year, “Breakfast IN a Balloon,” launches this week.

By Sally High
Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership

The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) is launching a hot air balloon, launching a promotional video and launching an online fundraiser. “Breakfast IN a Balloon” offers all GGP supporters an opportunity to donate to its continuing operations and educational activities.

Watch the “Breakfast IN a Balloon” video on your computer. If you don’t receive a link in your email, go to https://www.pagosagreen.org/breakfast-in-a-balloon/. Enjoy the short video and buy a ticket for a gourmet breakfast by a hometown favorite. Each breakfast ticket buyer receives an annual GGP membership, a long-stem rose and a scrumptious breakfast in a box.

The special breakfasts will be served for four mornings, Sept. 17 through Sept. 20. When you buy your breakfast tickets on the GGP website, a list is generated for each morning and is given to the chef. Each new or renewed GGP member will receive email confirmation that will serve as your tickets when you pick up your breakfasts. If you don’t have those tickets in hand, the bakery will have your name on that morning’s list.

The GGP is an educational nonprofit that operates three dome greenhouses along Pagosa’s Centennial Park Riverwalk. The GGP is the home of the Rotary Garden and the Native Plants Garden. The GGP uses geothermal heat to grow food year-round, allowing students to engage in hands-on learning during the school year. Classes visited the Education Dome each Monday until COVID-19, when Archuleta School District sent students home for their safety and began remote learning.

When the GGP closed the greenhouses to the public, the indoor vegetable gardens transitioned immediately to production for Pagosa Farmers Market and local food pantries. The GGP remains committed to serving the Pagosa Springs community and encourages our supporters to remain committed to our mission: “Growing Food and Community with Local Energy!”

Kudos to other dynamic Pagosa nonprofits whose fundraising has gone digital in recent weeks. We are, indeed, all in this together. 

Breakfast IN a Balloon is the first GGP fundraiser of 2020. The dedicated nonprofit looks forward to reopening to the public as soon as it’s safe. Help us out by visiting https://www.pagosagreen.org/breakfast-in-a-balloon. Contact us at ggp@pagosagreen.org with any questions or clarifications needed. We’ll see you soon on the Riverwalk.

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Habitat Hero demonstration garden http://www.pagosasun.com/habitat-hero-demonstration-garden/ Mon, 24 Aug 2020 11:00:22 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208947

SUN photos/Randi Pierce

In late July, Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP), Weminuche Audubon Society and Southwest Conservation Corps members and volunteers began creating a Habitat Hero demonstration garden at the GGP site on the Riverwalk in Centennial Park.

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Final free garden talk of the season set for Aug. 26 http://www.pagosasun.com/final-free-garden-talk-of-the-season-set-for-aug-26/ Sun, 23 Aug 2020 11:00:08 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208967 By Leslie Wustrack
Pagosa Springs Community Gardeners

The Pagosa Springs Community Garden’s free educational series on gardening will conclude for the season on Aug. 26. Throughout the spring and summer months, renowned expert Ron Chacey has covered all topics related to gardening in the Pagosa Springs area. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 5:30 p.m., Chacey, the eminent regional vegetable grower and an original founder of the Pagosa Springs Community Garden, will present “Wrapping Up Your Garden Beds for Season’s End, Part 2.” 

The evening begins with photos of Chacey’s personal garden and a discussion of what he is currently doing in his garden. The talk will then shift to an informal format. Chacey will allow all participants to ask questions and he’ll lead a group discussion about experiences and best practices. Please bring your questions to the webinar.

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 5:30 p.m. free gardening talk will be held via Zoom or telephone. To join our email list and receive weekly talk information, please send an email to pagosaspringscommunitygarden@gmail.com. For the Aug. 26 talk, please visit http://www.Facebook.com/PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden or email PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com for easy links to the talks. 

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. Residents and town visitors are invited to stop by and enjoy the lovely space. 

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Free weekly garden talk: ‘Wrapping Up Your Beds for Season’s End, Part 1’ http://www.pagosasun.com/free-weekly-garden-talk-wrapping-up-your-beds-for-seasons-end-part-1/ Sun, 16 Aug 2020 11:00:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208555 By Leslie Wustrack
Pagosa Springs Community Gardeners

The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is sponsoring a free online educational series on gardening throughout the spring and summer months. Renowned expert Ron Chacey covers all topics related to gardening in the Pagosa Springs area. All gardening talks are free and accessible via computer or telephone. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 5:30 p.m., Chacey, the eminent regional vegetable grower and an original founder of the Pagosa Springs Community Garden, will present “Wrapping Up Your Garden Beds for Season’s End, Part 1. “ 

The evening’s format begins with photos of Chacey’s personal garden and a discussion of what he is currently doing in his garden. An in-depth presentation on how to prepare your garden beds for the growing season’s end will follow. This topic is particularly interesting and Chacey will offer a variety of methods and advice. Please bring your questions to the webinar.

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 5:30 p.m. free gardening talk will be held via Zoom or telephone. To join our email list and receive weekly talk information, please send an email to pagosaspringscommunitygarden@gmail.com. For the Aug. 19 talk, please visit http://www.Facebook.com/PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden or email PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com for easy links to the talks. 

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. Residents and town visitors are invited to stop by and enjoy the lovely space. 

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Free weekly garden talk: ‘Harvesting and Storing, Part 3’ http://www.pagosasun.com/free-weekly-garden-talk-harvesting-and-storing-part-3/ Sun, 09 Aug 2020 11:00:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208370 By Leslie Wustrack
Pagosa Springs Community Gardeners

The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is sponsoring a free online educational series on gardening throughout the spring and summer months. Renowned expert Ron Chacey covers all topics related to gardening in the Pagosa Springs area. All gardening talks are free and accessible via computer or telephone. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 5:30 p.m., Chacey, the eminent regional vegetable grower and an original founder of the Pagosa Springs Community Garden, will present “Harvesting and Storing, Part 3.” 

The evening’s format begins with photos of Chacey’s personal garden and a discussion of what he is currently doing in his garden. An in-depth presentation on harvesting and storing vegetables will follow. 

Chacey stated, “These subjects are large and will require a few weeks to cover.” 

Deciding when to pick each vegetable can be difficult; every vegetable exhibits unique indicators. The best methods of storage, short and long term, for each vegetable will also be discussed. 

If interested viewers have a particular vegetable that they’d appreciate Chacey discussing, all are invited to email their requests to PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com. The response to the subject has been tremendous, thus, the harvesting and storing talks have been extended to four weeks. During Chacey’s talk, participants will be invited to share their input. 

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 5:30 p.m. free gardening talk will be held via Zoom or telephone. To join our email list and receive weekly talk information, please send an email to pagosaspringscommunitygarden@gmail.com. For the Aug. 12 talk, please visit http://www.Facebook.com/PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden or email PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com for easy links to the talks. 

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. Residents and town visitors are invited to stop by and enjoy the lovely space. 

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Pagosa Farmers Market http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-farmers-market-2/ Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:00:17 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208373

Photos courtesy Pauline Benetti

The sixth Pagosa Farmers Market and going strong — and safely. Everyone (almost) is cooperating with the mask ordinance and keeping the required distance and, if they forget, are open to suggestion and/or the offer of a free mask. The Farmers Market has new offerings — grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken and cheese —in addition to fresh local vegetables and other offerings. The market takes place Saturday mornings at the east end of town.

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Free weekly garden talk: ‘Harvesting and Storing, Part 2’ http://www.pagosasun.com/free-weekly-garden-talk-harvesting-and-storing-part-2/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:00:57 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207905 By Leslie Wustrack
Pagosa Springs Community Gardeners

The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is sponsoring a free online educational series on gardening throughout the spring and summer months. Renowned expert Ron Chacey covers all topics related to gardening in the Pagosa Springs area. All gardening talks are free and accessible via computer or telephone. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 p.m., Chacey, the eminent regional vegetable grower and a founder of the Pagosa Springs Community Garden, will present “Harvesting and Storing, Part 2.” 

The evening’s format begins with photos of Chacey’s personal garden and a discussion of what he is currently doing in his garden. An in-depth presentation on harvesting and storing vegetables will follow. 

Chacey stated, “These subjects are large and will require at least two or more weeks to cover.” 

Deciding when to pick each vegetable can be difficult; every vegetable exhibits unique indicators. The best methods of storage, short and long term, for each vegetable will also be discussed. 

If interested viewers have a particular vegetable that they’d appreciate Chacey discussing, all are invited to email their requests to PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com. During Chacey’s talk, participants will be muted, but will be invited to send in questions on his presentation and on any gardening topic. 

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 5:30 p.m. free gardening talk will be held via Zoom or telephone. To join our email list and receive weekly talk information, please send an email to pagosaspringscommunitygarden@gmail.com. For the Aug. 5 talk, please visit http://www.Facebook.com/PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden or email PagosaSpringsCommunityGarden@gmail.com for easy links to the talks. 

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. Residents and town visitors are invited to stop by and enjoy the lovely space. 

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Ag Department asking for reports of unsolicited seeds received in the mail http://www.pagosasun.com/ag-department-asking-for-reports-of-unsolicited-seeds-received-in-the-mail/ Sat, 01 Aug 2020 11:00:01 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208059 By Ben Walther
Colorado Department of Agriculture

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has received numerous reports from across the state of people receiving unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail that appear to have originated from China and other countries and labeled as containing jewelry or other items. 

Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and state departments of agriculture to prevent the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protect U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds.

Anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds should immediately contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industry Division at cda_nursery@state.co.us or at (303) 548-5333, or the APHIS state plant health director. 

Please hold onto the seeds and packaging in its original package safely, including the mailing label, until someone from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins and do not put the seeds in the trash, which could ultimately end up in the landfill and then sprout. 

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