Monthly Archives: June 2014

Gardens hit by massive hail

IMG 2513 250x444 Gardens hit by massive hailThe Cheyenne Botanic Gardens felt Mother Nature’s wrath Tuesday, June 24, as plants were leveled by a hail storm that hit Cheyenne. Though the hail itself was only marble sized, the long duration and force of the storm made it devastating.

“Our plants were just beginning to bloom and look picturesque, it will take weeks to regroup and replant our beds. Thankfully, we have a hard working staff and wonderful volunteers. However, because of a shortage of both replacement plants and funds, we are gladly accepting donations to purchase plants to fill-​​in beds that were damaged by the hail,” said Director, Shane Smith.

To make an online donation click here,  or contact : Trudy Fox, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, 710 S. Lions Park Dr. Cheyenne, WY 82001.

Needed at the Children’s Village

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Gardening and back care

garden backpain Gardening and back careGardening has a lot of bending over. Someone once said that gardeners “need a cast iron back with hinges for bending over”
Here are some tips to minimize back problems as a result of gardening:

1) Don’t overdo it on any one given day. . work up to the daily tasks of gardening.
2) Bend your knees more rather than your back.
3) Never twist when you are lifting.
4) Use knee pads so that you can get down where the plants are and can comfortably work. Remember gardening has brought as many people to their knees as religion!
5) Make raised beds for easier access.
6) Use long handled tools to reduce reaching.
7) Use a wheelbarrow, dolly or a cart to move heavy plants or piles of debris.
8) Consider getting a garden kneeler 

Free Yoga at the Gardens

Yoga 250x187 Free Yoga at the GardensNear the Women’s Civic League Peace Garden
Through Aug 21, no classes July 4 or the week of Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Tuesday Farmers’ Market

tuesdayFarmersMarket8 C3347 Tuesday Farmers MarketThe Cheyenne Tuesday Market
When: Tuesdays 3:00 – 6:30 pm Through October 7
Where: Frontier Mall, parking lot west of Sears

Free Concerts in Lions Park

Civic Concert Band amphitheater Free Concerts in Lions ParkProvided by the Cheyenne Civic Concert Band Thursday evenings: (more…)

Junipers as ground covers

Low growing, spreading junipers make good, drought tolerant groundcovers. For best A029 02 Junipers as ground coversresults avoid the super short (less than 10” high) varieties such as “wilton carpet,” or “Bar Harbor,” as weeds more easily penetrate their thinner leaf canopy.

Instead, grow juniper varieties that are between 1 to 2 feet in height like “Broadmoor,” “Buffalo,” or “Calgary Carpet.” They have less weed problems and are very hardy. While they are drought tolerant they do need regular moisture during establishment.

Growing arugula

 Growing arugula Arugula is a peppery flavored salad green. In Roman times Arugula was grown for both it’s leaves and the seed. The seed was used for flavoring oils. On another interesting note, Rocket or Arugula seed has been used as an ingredient in aphrodisiac concoctions dating back to the first century, AD. (Cambridge World History of Food).

It can be directly sown into the garden though early August in successive plantings at about 5 inches apart. Hot weather causes it to go to seed, which is why successive plantings are a good idea. It is usually used sparingly in salads to add a sharp, nutty flavor. It can also be cooked or tossed into pasta.