KERRY PEETZ

Master Gardener, Author of Blessings In Bloom
January 15, 2021  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Hello 2021! Ring the church bells, sound the horns, clap your hands, brush last years amended soil dust off of your shoulders! It’s a New Year and there are only 131 days until planting begins. What to plant? What to order? What to divide and share? Take a deep breath of our fresh, crisp Colorado air and spend a few minutes thinking about what you would like in the garden this year.


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December 18, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

In the garden, it’s time for resting. Our chores have simplified and those glorious snowflakes are, once again, coming for a visit. Winter finds us admiring red and golden trunks and twigs. Our eyes are drawn to dried berries, shapely branches and our beloved “ever”greens.


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November 20, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Here are answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions about gardening in Colorado:

Is it true that container plants can survive outside over the winter?

As we all know, in Colorado, containerized trees, shrubs, and almost all perennials are subject to extreme cold, drying winds, and frequent freeze-thaw cycles. Extra protection and care should be provided to ensure root to crown survival.


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October 16, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Hot, mild, pickled, Pueblo, Hatch, bell, Anaheim, jalapeno, home grown. Peppers are loved by almost everyone. And if you don’t like to eat them, they can be beautifully displayed when strung and hung as ristras. Fall is the time to celebrate the pepper. We are very blessed to live in a state that farms some of the best peppers on the planet. Pueblo Chili #1! Boooo-Yah!


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September 18, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

This year, in our diocese, we lost between 10 and 20 percent of our ash trees. While that may not seem like a lot, it really is. Fluctuating temperatures are a major factor to consider while living here and trying to decide what to plant in our landscapes. Recent record-breaking lows with snow in early September can have a major impact on what survives and what will perish in the garden.


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August 21, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Whether you call them Glads, Sword Lilies, Gladiolas, Gladiolus, or just pretty, these exotic- looking stalks are showing off their spectacular flowers all around town. If you happen to spot some, consider the time and talent from the dedicated gardener. Then get your camera ready.


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June 19, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

This seems to be a terrific year for the Sumac. They are green, healthy and extremely pleasing to the eye. The three main types of sumac are smooth, staghorn and fragrant.

The smooth sumac is considered a native shrub/tree in our diocese and is well adapted to our fussy Colorado climate, soils and environmental conditions. Sumacs are especially useful for windbreaks, stabilizing embankments, naturalizing wild areas and forming thickets.


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May 15, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Water should be in the top three of our most treasured blessings. We need it to survive. So many different elements of our lives depend on water. It is important to conserve it, use it wisely and thank God every day for it.


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April 17, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

What are we Catholics to do? No Mass, no socializing, no Sunday visits. God has certainly given us hope and with hope anything is possible. With hope comes spring and with spring comes plenty to keep us busy in the garden. For those of us who have a yard to tend to, now is a great time to start. For those who don’t have a yard but want to grow plants in containers, now is the time for preparation. All of us who share in being inside our homes and have houseplants, now is the time to help them grow.


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March 20, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Springtime is close at hand and along with spring comes those dreadful yellowjackets. These yellow- and black-banded insects win first prize, by far, for the top “stinging” pest in Colorado. By understanding them a bit more it may help us to avoid these troublesome wasps and enjoy a sting-free season.


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February 21, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

This winter has certainly brought us swinging temperatures. Snowing one day and in the sixties the next. Freezing temps for four days, two days of blissfully warm sunshine (no jacket needed), then more snow! Green grass peeking through on one side of the yard, and on the opposite side is frozen solid ground with a thin layer of ice. How does this effect our landscapes? Will they survive? What’s a gardener to do? Is there a prayer for that?


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January 17, 2020  |  By KERRY PEETZ

The year 2020 is here! Think green, recycle, reuse, eat clean, conserve water, grow organic, to bee or not to bee — all are worth pondering as we enter our new decade. Another way to be good stewards of the earth is composting. Consider these benefits:


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December 20, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Christmastime is finally here — the time of year we celebrate the birth of Christ. “Joy to the world the Lord is come. Let Earth receive her king!” The beautiful poinsettia is a Christmas plant that is rich in tradition, easy to care for and brightens up any room with holiday spirit.


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November 15, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Winter does not officially begin until Dec. 21 (ending on March 19, 2020), but most Coloradoans have already experienced a hard freeze and a pretty good snow or two. Here are a few tips to help keep landscapes in good shape over the next wintery, topsy-turvy temperature months.


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October 18, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

It’s the beginning of the holiday season — Halloween, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas — and then a brand New Year. Whether we love it or tread lightly through these next few months they are here and it’s the perfect time for us to stop and give thanks for our many blessings.


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