“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb I’ve mentioned that I live in Denver- the land of 300 sunny days a year.  But folks who aren’t familiar with Denver, or haven’t been here for long, may not know that despite the number of sunny days, we are also prone to some crazy weather patterns.  For example, this weekend, yes Mother’s Day weekend, we are expecting a rain/snow mix.  Sigh…only in Colorado.  With the weather patterns so unpredictable, it’s really important to know the gardening zone you live in and what it means.Read More →

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn Quick but very important post today.  You all need to know what’s going into the garden this year so that we can discuss what went wrong and what went right.  You should know that I planted these with the general rule of thumb of gardening in Colorado in mind: assume a last frost date of Mother’s Day.  Which means, don’t plan on putting anything outside that doesn’t like cold weather until after Mother’s Day. So here we go:  First round of seeds planted inside on March 14, 2015:  – Tall Utah Celery, LacinatoRead More →

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant” – Robert Louis Stevenson Everyone has that aha! moment when they get pulled into something and realize they can’t get out and actually really don’t want to.  My moment was when I opened my first seed catalog.  It was as if I was walking into a candy store- so many choices, so many flavors, no way to know which one would taste the best.  What’s the beauty of a seed catalog? It’s a concise encyclopedia of thousands of varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers, all waiting to be plantedRead More →

Welcome to Cultivate the Garden! I’m a novice Rocky Mountain Gardener. I call myself a gardener, although I’m notoriously bad at gardening.  I’ve got a brown thumb, but I’m determined to turn it green. It all started February 2014, when I became determined to make 2014 the year I would grow and eat some of my own vegetables. You see, I have a lot of friends and family that grow spectacular vegetable gardens. I’m talking 5 types of tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, fennel, onions, squash and the list keeps going.  I was (am!) jealous of their success.  My biggest accomplishment was to successfully kill aRead More →