Cheyenne Botanic Gardens : Gardening Tips


When potatoes go green

ask julie are green potatoes poisonous 1 When potatoes go greenWhen potatoes are exposed to excessive light, a green skin color forms from chlorophyll development. The green chlorophyll increases the production of a toxic substance in the fruit called solanine.

A bite or two isn’t harmful but if eaten in quantity, it may cause illness. You don’t have to waste these potatoes as you can remove the solanine by pealing the potato below the green, back into the white flesh. To prevent green potatoes always store potatoes in the dark and avoid buying greenish potatoes in the grocery.

Windowsill Herbs

Culinary herbs are easy to grow given the right environment. First, select a location that receives close to 6 hours of sunlight. A typical winter home temperature of 68 degrees is perfect for growing most herbs. (more…)

48 hours of great weather graphics

prog48hr 48 hours of great weather graphicsIt is the time of year when the weather changes at a rapid pace. Sometimes it easier to understand graphically rather than in words. It is especially helpful to view a graphic if you are traveling. This web site provides a graphic forecast for the next 12, 24, 36 and 48 hours. (more…)

Sword plant

sansevieria2 Sword plantThe mother-​​in-​​law plant a.k.a. the snake plant, also known as the sword plant, is among the toughest houseplants you can grow. It’s Latin name is “sansevieria,” is named after the Italian Prince of Sansevieria, a horticulturist in the 18th century. They resemble swords and are related to agave. Sansevieria leaves are very fibrous and are used to make rope in some parts of the world. They also tolerate most any conditions in the home with ease. They rarely flower, but when they do they have a wonderful fragrance.

Tumbleweeds!

What are they and where do they come from?
TUMBLEWEEDS are native to Ural mountains of Russia. First noted in the late 1800s, they are now found all over the west. They were likely brought in with Russian farmers who settled that region. While tumbleweeds roll they can spread up to 250,000 seeds from one plant. tumble weed snowman jpg Tumbleweeds!

Are tumbleweeds good for anything? Some people spray paint them and stack them as desert snowman. During the dust bowl days of the Depression, immature tumbleweeds were used as an emergency food to feed both livestock and humans alike. They also inspired the rolling robots in Star Wars movies. Researchers have discovered that they can pull depleted uranium from contaminated soils of battlefields. Tumbleweeds also inspired the early NASA landing system for a Mars Rover that bounced and rolled as part of its landing. And everybody knows the song that goes “rolling along with the tumblin’ tumbleweeds.”

Researchers are working hard at finding natural controls for tumbleweeds through the release of beneficial insects and diseases that attack the plant in a young stage.

Christmas cactus care

The biggest mistake people make in growing Christmas cacti is treating them like a desert cactus. Instead treat them like a houseplant, with regular waterings. After they bloom, treat water less frequently watering until summer, when you go back to treating it like a T123 3A Christmas cactus care houseplant. Also they don’t like direct sun. Instead find a bright spot away from direct sun. Also this is one plant that is quite comfortable being pot-​​bound for years. Regular fertilization is also helpful but be mindful that they are slow growers.

If your Christmas cactus has trouble blooming, you can help trigger blooms by doing one of the following: 1) Try setting it in your coolest room or near a cool window. This cool treatment will often trigger blooms. 2) Set your Christmas cactus in a room where you never turn on the lights at night– perhaps a guest room? Uninterrupted periods of darkness this time of year will often encourage blooms.

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Time to check your gutters

screen1 Time to check your guttersIn late fall, if your gutters are full of leaf debris it can cause water to back up against the house and damage roofing, siding and wood trim. This can be hired out for around $60 to $200 to clean gutters depending your home’s size. (more…)

Accidental melons in Cheyenne

We recently received this note from a supporter: CheyenneMelonsA Accidental melons in Cheyenne
“Last year we bought an electric composter and it really works great. We put virtually everything in it and spread the compost in the garden this spring. Naturally, we had also put all of our cantaloupe and honeydew melon seeds in it too. (more…)

Dehydrating tomatoes

DriedTomatoes2 Dehydrating tomatoesThis year has been a banner year for tomatoes on the high plains and front range due much in part to the warm weather. If you are finding yourself with a surplus of tomatoes either from the garden, the store or farmers’ markets, you can consider a variety of methods for storing them. Among the options are canning, freezing and drying. By far the most simple is to dry your tomatoes. It is hard to believe that something so juicy can be dehydrated, but it can. (more…)

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