Growing Herbs Indoors

Does the long cold days of winter have you down and praying for Spring to come soon?  Here is an easy project you can do during the winter months and also year-round.  Growing herbs indoors during the winter can help you survive the yearning to go outside and do some gardening.  There are various methods and herbs that are grown successfully indoors, the limit is just your imagination.

Prior to the planting process think about what herbs you use on a regular basis.  This will help you decide which herbs to select to grow indoors.  There are many herbs that grow very successfully indoors like; chives, basil, dill, thyme, oregano and many more.  Some herbs like horehound and fennel do not do well indoors. Continue reading

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Spring Has Arrived In My Garden

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Spring is here, well not officially, but my Forsythia bush has announced Spring’s arrival.  Today I noticed bright blooming yellow flowers on my Forsythia bush in my Meadow Garden.  I know soon my wife will be asking me to sacrifice some branches so she can put them in a vase for her Easter decorations.

I love this time of year.  Winter is hanging on for dear life, while Spring is beginning to show her presence with new growth and crocus popping out of the ground.  Along with blossoms on the Forsythia, my daffodils are arriving on the scene from their winter sleep.  I also have a variety of tulips making their presence known.  So far it looks like my fall planting has been a success.  I just hope we don’t get a hard freeze or a heavy snowfall when the flowers come totally into bloom.  Granted we need the moisture bad, but I’ll take a good old fashion rainfall over the heavy snow.

Going  out into the garden each day is like a child looking for Easter eggs.  I check every flower bed for new arrivals of tulips, daffodils and crocus.  Gardening is the best form of medicine around.  If I am feeling tired, depressed or stressed I just walk out into the garden.  Without having to take any medication, I feel instantly better when I see all the beauty growing in my garden.  I hope you fellow gardeners are experiencing Spring in your garden.

 

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First Nature Hike of the Season

 

 

 

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                                                            Grove of Shrub Oak

Today was such a lovely and warm day my wife and I decided to take a nature hike to one of our new state parks.  We have passed by Cheyenne Mountain State Park many times and kept saying we need to go visit it one day.  Well today with warm temperatures and sunny skies, we finally made the trek.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park is located along Hwy 115 between Colorado Springs and Canyon City.  It also adjacent to Ft. Carson, Colorado.  The park covers 1,680 acres and lies beneath the eastern flank of Cheyenne Mountain.  The park is full of diverse wildlife and plant life. 

For those of you who like to hike and mountain bike, the park has a trail system consisting of 20 miles of hiking and biking trails.  There are also 51 full service camp sites that include water, electrical and sewer hook-ups for RV/tent campers and 10 walk-in basic sites.  Additionally, there are 41 picnic sites.

My wife and I started off at the nature/visitor center.  Inside there are breath taking displays of the native wildlife and plant life.  There are park officials on duty to answer questions and reserve camp sites.  If you are the type who likes to buy souvenirs, you are in luck, there is a gift shop.

After leaving the visitor center it was off to the trails.  Since this was our first of the season we thought we better take it easy on ourselves, we’re not getting any younger.  We decided to try out the Zook Trial.  The Zook Trail is only 1.03 miles long, easy trail, well marked and maintained.   We found ourselves climbing up a slight incline at first, but then it leveled off into groves of Shrub Oak. 

I was hoping to see some new growth on some of the native plants along the trail, but it is still too early in the season.  We were fortunate to see a deer grazing on some bark on a tree.  It was so quiet hiking along the trail, we could not even tell we were just miles from Hwy 115 and its continual flow of traffic.  The hike was invigorating, relaxing and just plain fun.  We plan on returning later in the Spring when the trees start to bud and the native plants have awakened from their long sleep.  We highly recommend for everyone to take in the breath taking views of Cheyenne Mountain, the multitudes of diverse Conifers  Oaks and wildlife. I have included just enough pictures to spread that spring fever.

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                           My Wife                                                         Me catching some rays