Cheyenne Botanic Gardens : Past Gardening Tips From our News Page


Weather watcher tips

A good weather forecast helps gardeners anticipate hail, frost and more. We have more tools than ever before to keep abreast of the weather including.

A weather radio which provides 24 hours a day forecasts provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Always buy one with a built-​​in alarm that can alert you to an approaching tornado, flood or severe storms, even when you are asleep late at night, which could be lifesaving.

Set your smart phone for severe weather alerts from either an app or get notifications directly from homeland security. On Iphones, go to “settings,” then “notifications” and there scroll all the way down where you will see where you can tick “emergency alerts” along with “Amber Alerts.”

For hail forecasts check out this site.It provides a great daily graphic of our chances for hail.

Another great graphic forecast is this site, which provides up to 48 hours of predictions for the whole USA. Just click through for 12 hour increments.

Wide Bed Gardening handout

widebedThis is the best way to layout a vegetable garden. See here.

Stumped?

If you have an annoying stump in your yard, consider hiring a licensed arborist to grind it below the soil surface. Another option is to cut the stump as close to the soil surface as possible and then drill numerous holes in the stump. Fill the holes with lawn fertilizer to hasten its decomposing. There are also chemical stump removal products that speed up the stump’s decay. The process may take over a year or more, so it requires patience.

Another alternative is to make the best of it and turn the stump into a seat or as a base for a potted plant.

Turf for shade

lawn

Need a lawn in a shady spot? Most garden centers sell lawn seed mixtures formulated just for shade. These grasses are composed of shade tolerant “fine leafed fescues” which are usually combinations of sheep fescue, red fescue, chewings fescue and other special varieties. These tend to have a finer bladed leaf than traditional bluegrass, but from a distance, it looks identical to most bluegrass.

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.

Lawn Mower Prep

Now is the perfect time to clean and inspect your lawn mower. Be sure you have sharp blades as dull blades increase gas usage and may cause brown tips on the tips of leaves. Here is a link on how to sharpen your own bladelawn.

Fresh gasoline is critical to your lawn mower’s performance. Use 87 octane or higher. Rustproof plastic gas cans are preferred for storing gasoline. Gasoline that has sat for longer periods can accumulate harmful moisture causing octane loss and carburetor clogging.

Of course, you can forget all the headaches in dealing with gas and instead buy an engine-​​less push lawn mower or an electric powered mower. Cordless electric mowers are easier to use than corded electric mowers and are great for medium to small yards.

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Grow Tomatillos

Tomatillo, is is an easy to grow garden fruit related to the tomato. Each fruit is surrounded by a green to tan papery husk covering. When the fruit fills the papery husk, it is ready for harvest. Remove the husk before eating. It tastes like a cross between a lemon, pineapple and tomato. Chefs love to highlight the tart-​​tangy flavor of tomatillos. They are high in vitamin C and antioxidants. (more…)

Last year — warming weather

Check out this New York Times/​AccuWeather graphic of exactly how much warmer Cheyenne  was last year compared to normal.
Click here to see.

Grow Cherries

Unfortunately, sweet cherries are not hardy for our climate. Instead, grow the hardier sour (pie) cherries such as North Star, Meteor or Mesabi.

You can also grow shrubs that produce tart cherries such as Nanking cherry.

Even sweeter and quite hardy is the shrub known as sandcherry– (Prunus besseyi) often called “Hanson’s bush cherry.”

Carmine Jewel is a hybrid cherry shrub from Canada and is a cold-​​hardy cross between sour pie cherries (P. cerasus) and dwarf ground cherry (P. fruiticosa).

Save your lint

We all know that clothes dryers make lint, but did you know that the lint actually has a use? Instead of throwing it in the trash, put it in the garden or compost pile. Lint makes a fine soil amendment.

Beware as lint can also pose a fire and carbon monoxide danger when there is an excessive accumulation in your dryer exhaust pipe. Regularly inspect and clean the dryer exhaust pipe to prevent a clogged vent.

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