Monthly Archives: May 2012

Water line replacement at Gardens

If you have strolled the grounds of the Botanic Gardens in the past few days you probably noticed a lot of construction. The Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities (BOPU) is replacing water lines that traverse the grounds of the Botanic Gardens and Lions Park.

Much of the work includes pulling a new line through the ground rather than trenching. We are told that the work will be completed before June.

Carrots need room

Carrots will not produce edible roots if they are grown too closely together. Each plant needs a minimum of an inch between seedlings. One of the best ways to thin carrots is to use a small set of scissors rather than pulling them out. Simply snip the unwanted carrots at the soil line leaving one plant every inch. By being ruthless now, you can insure an abundant supply of homegrown, sweet carrots at the end of the season. (more…)

Lawns for shade

Need turf to grow in a shady spot?

Most garden centers sell lawn seed mixtures formulated just for shade. These are selections of grasses composed of shade tolerant “fine fescues” which are combinations of sheep’s fescue, red fescue, chewings fescue and other special varieties.

Now is a good time to sow lawn seed. Lightly rake the seed in for good soil contact. Keep the area moist until you see germination. It may take up to three weeks before you see a lot of green.

Click here for other plants suitable for shade.

Houseplants communicate with Wifi

It was bound to happen. Even your houseplants can start using the internet to communicate with you on their status with this new invention. Can the cat and dog be far behind?

Read more here.

Plant Select ® announces new hardy plants

2012 winners announced
Each year, the Plant Select® program chooses a selection of plants that are worthy of promoting because of their adaptability, uniqueness, performance and durability for western gardens and landscapes.
Some are completely new to horticulture, others are simply underused and deserving of more recognition. A variety of perennials, groundcovers, trees, vines and shrubs are considered for trialing, and each summer the winners are chosen by invited evaluators.

For more information click here.