Monthly Archives: April 2013

Alfalfa as fertilizer

A great organic based fertilizer can be found at your local feed store. Both alfalfa pellets or meal make a great fertilizer. Alfalfa is high in nitrogen as well as other needed nutrients. (more…)

Expansion Renovation Details

Construction Sign
In August of 2012 Laramie County voters gave a thumbs up to the proposal to renovate the existing Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Greenhouse, add to the greenhouse space with the construction of a new greenhouse/conservatory and rework roads in South Lions Park for increased safety and accessibility.
Read more about the problems to be solved and the 2012 ballot proposal here.

There are many common questions that we get about this upcoming construction. Here are some answers to those questions. (more…)

Scheduling the garden based on nature

“Phenology,” is a word describing a connection between climate triggered biological phenomena. It can be used to help you time plantings in the garden. Although it is not perfect, you can use around here with generally good results.
Here are some examples: (more…)

Never add lime to soil

Garden writers often instruct people to “add lime” to soil in order to attain a neutral soil pH (acid/alkaline balance). Unfortunately, this advice comes from writers who live east of the Mississippi where their soil is acidic. They assume everyone has the same soil as they do. This is not good advice in much of the West. (more…)

Seed and Weed Garden Club

The Seed and Weed Garden Club meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 1:00 PM in the Cheyenne Botanic Garden Gathering Room unless otherwise noted. (more…)

Cheyenne Astronomical Society

View and learn about the stars at the Botanic Gardens gathering room. Meetings are open to the public and begin at 7:00 PM on Fridays, unless otherwise noted.
Star viewing occurs after each meeting when the skies are clear. Visit their web site here.

About the organization:
The Cheyenne Astronomical Society (CAS) was formed in December of 1986. The CAS is for people interested in astronomy who want to share their experiences and increase their knowledge about astronomy. Members are not required to own any equipment or to have any knowledge of astronomy. Your basic curiosity about astronomy is all you need. We generally hold a monthly gathering at Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, but during construction we will be meeting at the Primrose Retirement Community. Telescope viewing is also provided if the weather permits. Observing sessions for special occasions, such as meteor showers, comets or eclipses are also planned when the opportunity arises.

Click here for Cheyenne Astronomical Society Meeting Schedule:

Garden Club Plant Sale

Sponsored by the
Seed and Weed Garden Club

Perennials, annuals, Wyoming wildflowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, indoor plants, xeriscape, trees and shrubs.
When: This Sat. June 1, 2013  7:30 AM – 12:30 PM
shop early for the best selection!
Where: Cheyenne Botanic Gardens parking lot
“Plants direct from Cheyenne’s most experienced gardeners”
For more information email here.

Break out the tools for spring

As we venture out into the garden, it is time to also grab the old tools. If you need to purchase some tools or replace some old ones what should you look for?

Price, quality, feel, and guarantee are all important. The fiberglass handles  are heavier but last well. Look for cushioned hand tools with softer larger handles. Avoid buying cheap tools as they are more apt to break in just a year or two. If you are using old tools consider a lubricating the handles with vegetable oil or linseed oil. Also be sure you start the season with a good pair of gloves.

Garage sales can also be a great source for quality garden tools at a low price.