Master Gardener, Author of Blessings In Bloom
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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September 20, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

If you attended a county or state fair this summer, chances are the blue-ribbon winner in the horticulture competition was a dahlia. These flowers are so intricate and stunning, there must be infinite fields of them growing blissfully in heaven.

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August 16, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Liatris is an exceptional perennial for Colorado in that it is both tough and beautiful. Its tall, slender flower stalks are eye-catching and seem to remind us to “Stand up straight and walk with God!”

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June 21, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

What a funny name for a flower, you say? On the contrary, this perennial favorite is no laughing matter. It performs well, isn’t finicky, has long lasting blooms, and looks gorgeous in the garden. Jupiter’s Beard will bring an appreciative smile to all who view its charm.

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May 17, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ

The Diocese of Colorado Springs serves ten counties in the center of Colorado including a total of 39 parishes that covers an estimated area of over 15,000 square miles across central Colorado. That’s a lot of marigolds! Our church furthest west is Holy Family in Leadville, and our church furthest east is St. Catherine of Siena located in Burlington (17 miles from the Kansas border).

Whether you’re new to the area or have lived here for years, here are a few recommendations to get your garden growing in the right direction:

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April 19, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
It’s the beginning of hail season! Boy, oh boy, has Colorado had its share over the past few years. There are a few measures that can be taken to protect your flowers and vegetables, but when we have hailstorms that are shattering windshields, breaking skylights, house siding and practically everything outside the only thing to do is pray, pray, pray.
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March 15, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
The United States Department of Agriculture replaced the food pyramid with MyPlate in 2011. MyPlate is part of a larger communication initiative based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help us make better food choices. MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully. It illustrates the five food groups using a familiar mealtime visual — a place setting. Each plate should be half-filled with vegetables and fruits. Based on age, sex, weight and physical activity, there is a MyPlate Plan link that can help guide us with regards to the recommended amounts of vegetables we should be consuming weekly.
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February 14, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
While most gardeners are singing the winter blues in the month of February, the second month of the year is perfect for planning what to grow this spring. A well-designed perennial garden can provide many years of beauty and enjoyment. Careful selection of plant materials and thoughtful planning can result in a full season of color and maybe save a species.
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January 18, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
It’s January, and gardeners are browsing seed catalogs, patching up garden gloves, winter watering and sadly, nothing in the dirt. Cheer up! Now might be the right time to take a good look at indoor plants. There will inevitably be a few that would benefit greatly from a bit of nurturing and propagation.
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December 21, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
In today’s high-tech, online world, it is sometimes hard for people to remember the real meaning of Christmas. Is there an app for that? There are many stories and traditions that have been passed down through centuries. Some stand the test of time, while others slowly fade away. In early times, Christians associated holly’s sharp pointed leaves with Christ’s crown of thorns and the bright red holly berries to his blood. How many of us, today, can imagine seeing holly for the first time and being so inspired to compare its resemblance to the thorned crown and the blood of Jesus?
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November 16, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
Holiday meals are perfect for using herbs and spices from the garden. There is nothing quite like the flavor of home-grown sage when added to Aunt Edna’s scrumptious turkey stuffing recipe.
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October 19, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ

Friend or foe? Wild, noxious weed or environmentally-sound perennial? Sometimes it takes a trained eye or a magnifying glass to tell the difference.

If you live in eastern El Paso County, chances are you have experienced the dreaded toadflax, although the weed is also found inside city limits. The important question is this: what should we all do to prevent it and why? 

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September 21, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
Pyracantha (pronounced “Pie-ra-CAN-tha”) is the beautiful orange-fruited evergreen bush that likes to stand up and be noticed this time of year. Once you get the pronunciation squared away, you might agree this plant is a bit of a wonder. Incidentally, its common name is firethorn.
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August 17, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
Pears are another gift from above. It’s no secret that everyone should eat more fruits and vegetables. Research shows that most people are not getting enough. While vegetables are more difficult to eat for some, fruit is seen as a more palatable choice.
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June 15, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
Whether it is called a pollinator habitat, bee hotel, insect hotel, bug bank, bug hotel, insect condo or bug stack mansion, it has one important purpose — attracting pollinators that will remain in the garden. An extra reward is that they can be charming, artsy and add a whimsical flair to any outdoor area. 
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