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  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting May 9, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Spring Plant Sale - 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver, free admission; botanicgardens.org. Seed and Feed Garden Party - Gardening tips, cooking demonstrations, food tastings and more, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., free; facebook.com/...

  • The sweet side of growing beets

    One nice thing about growing beets is you can eat them fresh for much of the year. A spring planting is ready to start harvesting by early summer, and a summer planting is ready from September on. Some people say those early plantings must be harvested as soon as the roots are fully swollen or they'll turn old and woody. Not true. They do get...

  • Colorado measure to allow rooftop rain barrels fails

    DENVER — Colorado's only-in-the-nation ban on backyard rain barrels is sticking around for another year. The state Senate moved Tuesday to reject a bill to allow homeowners to use up to two 55-gallon rain barrels. The maneuver was a late-evening vote to delay the bill, meaning it won't make it to the governor's desk before lawmakers conclude...

  • Tips: In Colorado, 'anxious' gardening spells doom for novices

    t happens like clockwork - beautiful spring weather blows into Colorado Springs, and aspiring gardeners go on a shopping spree. Too often, the crops they acquire and lovingly plant are doomed for an early death, victims of the next day's frost or hailstorm or some other quirk in Colorado's unpredictable springtime. "People get a little...

  • Year-round gardening: Add some chocolate to your garden

    Having a theme in mind when selecting plants for a garden provides unity and expresses individuality. Themed gardening is not new. I have read many articles that offer specifics on various themes. For instance, a butterfly garden would have scented, brightly colored flowers, and a white garden would be planted in shade with very few colors,...

  • Around the house: Eliminating smoke smell takes some work

    Dear Ken: One of my kids is buying a manufactured home that was smoked in. I need some tips about how to get the smell out. - Forest Answer: Start with the ceiling and work down. Smoke particles have electrostatic properties, so they like to cling to flat surfaces in a home. If the ceiling is textured, spray on a couple of coats of acrylic...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting May 2, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR Saturday Pikes Peak Herb Fest - 9 a.m.-4 p.m., AspenPointe Cafe, El Paso County Citizens Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, $3, $1 for seniors and students, free for children 11 and younger. Saturday and Sunday Pine Forest Antiques, Home Decor and Garden Show and Sale - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10...

  • Spring decor trends: a modern mix with a dash of Marsala

    Spring is a favorite transitional time for lovers of home decor. Shaking out the rugs and washing the windows after a long winter feels satisfying, and then there's the prospect of perhaps replacing some old, shabby furnishings with new pieces. Spring's also when we start to see the decor trends that will find their way home both figuratively...

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