A Western Slope public library is trying something new this spring: a seed collection. With a library card in hand, you can check the seeds out, grow the plants, and within nine months, harvest the new seeds and bring them back. Aspen Public Radio‘s Luke Runyon recently spent some time in the [...]

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Big news for a small garden last week: The Demonstration Garden at the Corner of Mesa Road and Glen Avenue in Monument Valley Park was bestowed the honor of First Place for landscape design by the All-America Selections organization, a non-profit, formed in 1932, that promotes plants that work well all across the country. [...]

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In this episode of the Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn explores the stuff that exists above the dirt and below cuisine.

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Mother Nature affects us all, and no matter how much we want the weather to remain consistent, it’s always changing. This month, we take a look at weather, climate, and natural disasters in the region, and at least one way in which we’ve changed that which Mother Nature intended.

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Rose Schmoze

On February 13, 2012 By

No offense to the time-honored tradition of the Valentines Day bouqet of roses, but if it’s something erotic you’re looking for you might want to try orchids. Mary Cohagan of Island Orchids in Colorado Springs gives us the low down on the “testicle” flowers that were once considered too erotic for Victorian ladies. [...]

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We spent the afternoon this past weekend at the Horticultural Art Society’s Demonstration Garden in Monument Valley Park at the corner of Mesa Road and Glen Avenue, still pregnant with late-summer flowers, vegetables and insects.

(Music in this piece is “September Gurls” by Big Star. You can download a cover of this [...]

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The Middle Distance 3.4.11: A Budding Morrow

Clearly it was too early to work in the garden. This is Colorado, after all, and it was only March 1. But the weather seemed to think it was mid-April, and those mid-60s temperatures called me outside, to the soil.

I watered and examined the [...]

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Yesterday, in the first installment of our journey down the Lower Arkansas River from Pueblo to Avondale, we found our way onto the river, wobbled around a bit and discovered the joys of this seldom-traveled, slow-water canoe trip. In the second part, here, we see a lots of weird things and piles of concrete, some handsome wildlife, and a lot more river-beaten trash. The we take an unplanned dip in the river and…

See the exciting conclusion of our two part series!

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We’re really incredibly proud of this episode of Western Skies. It’s heavy on the information and an attention grabber all the way through. If you care about the food you eat and where it comes from, we guarantee you’ll learn something great. If you missed it, you can listen to the whole thing [...]

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Zine Garden

On August 31, 2010 By

Full of diaries, cartoons, essays, articles and poems by herself and others about everything from gender bending chickens to a primer on garlic, Sandra Knauf’s wide-eyed struggles with the earth and its bounty (or not) over the past decade make her zine approachable and highly relatable. On top of that, there’s a lot of practical gardening and urban farming wisdom to be gleaned.

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Last summer, we took you on a tour of a Buckminster Fuller-style geo-dome greenhouse made on the cheap by John Sondericker in his back yard. We went back this summer to see how it went last summer and what modifications had to be made and how it changed his cost among many other things he learned.

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Though its future lies in the cross-hairs of the economy, Rock Ledge Ranch at the foot of the Garden of the Gods continues to preserve “living” treasures of our local and national history and culture. This video gives a glimpse of our important past at Rock Ledge Ranch.

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If you’re like most of the folks we know, you not only have a garden full of baseball-bat-sized zucchinis, but also the baseball-bat-sized zucchinis of your thoughtful neighbors darkening the counters and crispers in your kitchen. For the amount of zucchini used and overall moistness and flavor, we think you’ll be hard pressed to beat this recipe.

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Get Your Garden On

On April 28, 2010 By

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to get your garden on. Here’s a long, but informative piece from last year with Pikes Peak Urban Garden’s Elise Bowan that should get you in the mood.

OK, we know this slideshow is long at 25 minutes. But there was so much interesting [...]

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We would never describe ourselves as foodies, but we occasionally come across a recipe so simple and so delicious (see our Idiot-Proof, High-Altitude Recession Bread) that we feel compelled to share it with you in hopes of goading busy/lazy mediocre cooks like ourselves into gardening, cooking, eating well and saving money.

So [...]

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We don’t know about you, but we’re ready for Spring to be here. If it won’t get here of its own volition, we can take solace in this slide show of iris we ran last June. Hopefully this will get your garden in the mood.

78 photographs of iris is probably overly indulgent, [...]

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · After the latest in a flurry of decisions on whether his lack of fluency in the Navajo language disqualifies him from the presidential ballot, Chris Deschene’s candidacy is now in limbo.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · Ready for a Halloween scare? Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says these graphic novels and compilations — packed with creepy cults, alien monsters, gravediggers and ghosts — are just the ticket.
 

October 30, 2014 | NPR · Poet Galway Kinnell died Tuesday. His career spanned from the end of World War II to the present, earning him a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Home in Vermont, Kinnell died from leukemia.
 

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October 29, 2014 | NPR · The Mexican tradition celebrates the dead and welcomes their return to the land of the living once a year. Enticing them to make the trip is where the food, drink and musical offerings come in.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · After composer Robert Schumann died, his Violin Concerto languished in a library — until a grandniece of the man he wrote it for got out her Ouija board.
 

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October 29, 2014 | NPR · Joyce DiDonato — a Kansas native and lifelong Royals fan — happens to be one of the world’s greatest opera singers. Here’s what makes her so extraordinary.
 

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October 29, 2014 | WFUV · With Marcus Mumford singing lead, a supergroup breathes new life into an old Bob Dylan lyric.
 

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