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Gardening Tips and Tricks

What to Do BEFORE You Empty Your Flowerpots

What to Do BEFORE You Empty Your Flowerpots

It would be awesome to be named "The Perfect Gardener" after a summer of growing flowers — complete with dancing squirrels and a pitch-perfect choir of cicadas. But alas, most of us weren't born with a spade in one hand and a geranium in the other. So, the next best...

Is It Better to Empty Your Flowerpots in the Spring or Fall?

Is It Better to Empty Your Flowerpots in the Spring or Fall?

I used to leave everything in my flowerpots until spring. The whole shebang. Dead flowers, old potting soil, all of it. And for a few years, everything was fine. But then, I started to notice problems when I planted my flowers in the spring. Some of my newly-planted...

How to Choose Fall Flowers That Last Longer: 3 Simple Tips

How to Choose Fall Flowers That Last Longer: 3 Simple Tips

When you're strolling through the garden center or dashing into the grocery store and all those pretty flowers are smiling up at you, it's hard not to choose the showiest flowers you see. "Well, helloooooo there." But if you'd like your fall flowers to last longer,...

5 Helpful Tips for Buying Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Fall

5 Helpful Tips for Buying Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Fall

Let’s say you’d like to grow pretty spring flowers in your western garden, like tulips or daffodils. Awesome! These spring flowers grow from bulbs that you plant in the fall in Colorado, Utah and the West. Here are a few examples of spring flowering bulbs: In this...

What to Do With Old Potting Soil (the Dirt From Your Pots)

What to Do With Old Potting Soil
(the Dirt From Your Pots)

What can you do with the dirt in your pots after your flowers have died? Good news! You have a few options for what to do with old potting soil. Let's assume, for a sec, that your plants were healthy at the end of the season. If yes... Here are 4 things to do with old...

6 Ways to Protect Your Flowers From Frosts and Freezes

6 Ways to Protect Your Flowers From Frosts and Freezes

You know you've entered the "joys of western gardening club" when ... It feels like summer one day... and the next day you're bracing yourself for frosts, freezes and snow. (I'm not crying. I have something in my eye.) If you'd like your summer annuals — your...

“Can I Change the Flowers in My Flowerpots for Fall?”

“Can I Change the Flowers in My Flowerpots for Fall?”

I used to think that once you planted your flowerpots, that was it. Your flower babies were in there for the long haul. But I’ve come to appreciate that you can swap out the flowers in your pots. It's like changing your wardrobe for the seasons. If you want to change...

Pre-Planned Flower Gardens: Waterwise Gardens Without the Overwhelm

Pre-Planned Flower Gardens: Waterwise Gardens Without the Overwhelm

Buying flowers for western gardens can feel like a lot of guesswork. Especially when you live in the semi-arid, gotta-have-some-moxie West—like Colorado or Utah! This isn’t a place where you a dig a few holes, plop in some flowers and watch them grow into a lush...

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