Monthly Archives: February 2013

Say goodbye to grey concrete

Nothing can be more boring than grey concrete.
Are you planning for a new landscape walk, patio or any other new concrete? Try colorizing it.

Concrete can be dyed a variety of tones from terracotta to brown, black and even blue. Dying is best done during the mixing of the concrete. It can be ordered dyed or you can mix dyed concrete in small batches using Quickcrete® in a wheelbarrow. Concrete dyes are available at many hardware stores.

Commercial concrete companies also offer many dyes and specialized finishes that makes the concrete resemble slate, flagstone or even brick. These are best applied by a professional concrete finisher.

Existing concrete can also be dyed to create different effects.

Glass Art Celebration winners

Glass Art 2013Who Won?
Click here
to view winners of the US Bank 2013 Glass Art Celebration.

See you at next year’s
US Bank Glass Art Celebration
At the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
Feb. 7 – 16, 2014!
Thanks to the volunteers, artists, supporters, sponsors and the Glass Artists of Wyoming Club for a wonderful and successful show and celebration.

White dust on pots?

What causes the white dust that forms on the outside surface of potted plants?

Many people don’t realize that clay pots are porous. As a result salts that naturally occur in our water or in our fertilizer often end up getting deposited in the interior and exterior of clay pots. Over time they can accumulate and may even burn the roots.

To get rid of these salt deposits on the pot, soak it in some vinegar water (1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water) for at least an hour or more, then rinse the pot thoroughly. Also try using a steel brush to scrub off the salts. Then you can re-use the pot with no worries of burning the roots.

Wyoming’s first vegetable garden

Originally established as a private fur trading fort in 1834, Fort Laramie evolved into the largest and best known military post on the Northern Plains, before its abandonment in 1890. There the U.S. Army planted the very first vegetable garden in Wyoming there in 1880.  In fact, the War Department in 1818 specified that soldiers “will annually cultivate a garden equal to supplying hospital and garrisons with the necessary kitchen vegetables throughout the year.”

The War Department stated that every commanding officer “will be held accountable for any deficiencies in the cultivation.” That would have been a tall order for the tough climate at Fort Laramie.

The Fort Laramie Strawberry, is named for Fort Laramie and is still available today for High Plains gardeners. It is one of the hardiest strawberries available for regional gardeners. It was developed in Cheyenne at the former High Plains Horticultural Research Station.

Lecture High Plains Horticulture Research Station

Tonight Tues., Feb. 5th, 6:30 p.m.
Laramie County Public Library Cottonwood Room

Mum Garden in 1959

Free lecture by CBG Director, Shane Smith- hosted by the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.
Learn how the USDA High Plains Horticulture Research Station helped to settle the High Plains and how the Botanic Garden hopes to develop 62 acres as a public arboretum.  Triumph High Catering will provide Warm Salsa, Pico de Gallo and Tortilla Chips.
This lecture is part of the Key Ingredients Exhibit at the Children’s Village.