“Hearticulture” in East Denver by Jennifer Loyd p. 3
Many of the children visiting the Campus for treatment lack experience with giving and receiving care, in having a sense of control over their lives, and with developing coping skills. However, as most gardeners can attest, a garden is ripe with metaphors for those types of experiences. Gardening, whether you are cultivating a patch of land, or a single potted plant on a patio, teaches us visceral lessons in attachment (and nonattachment), nurturing, patience, surprise, change, and growth.
Start Seeds Successfully by April Shelhon p. 6
Why start seeds indoors? Some varieties are best started indoors because you have control over the growing conditions. Starting seeds indoors extends your gardening season, allowing you to grow varieties that require longer growing times than your area’s natural growing season allows. In the case of perennial flowers, an early start can reap first year blooms.
Galls - What’s that Growth? by Eric R. Eaton p. 7
Insects are scarce during the winter, but signs of them abound. Among the more conspicuous are galls, the abnormal plant growths induced by insects, mites, fungi or viruses. Surprisingly, galls rarely compromise the overall health of the affected plant even though they draw a disproportionate amount of nutrients.
Another Silent Spring? by Thomas D. Landis p. 8-9
Neonicotinoids were initially considered much safer than other pesticides due to their low toxicity to vertebrates. As with DDT, however, the evidence that neonicotinoids have been harming non-target organisms has been slowly accumulating due to anecdotal observations that are hard to prove scientifically… Being systemic, small concentrations of neonicotinoids are found in both pollen and nectar of treated crops that could have negative effects on pollinators, especially honey bees. The main concern is not direct toxicity but rather sublethal impacts that affect bee behavior.
Front Range Cherries Take a Hit by Mikl Brawner p. 10
According to some reports, Colorado Front Range weather in 2014-2015 has resulted in the deaths of 80% of our cherry, plum, and peach trees. How did this happen? Does it make sense to replant? If so, how can we reduce future losses and increase fruitful successes? Let’s start by focusing on cherries.
Geothermal Energy Heats up Greenhouse Potential by Jodi Torpey p. 15
Western Nebraska isn’t considered a tropical paradise, and it isn’t known for its citrus groves either. But even when blizzards rage outside, Russ Finch is able to pluck oranges from his 20-year-old fruit trees for a glass of fresh juice. Temperatures outside may dip to 13 degrees, but his citrus trees, figs, pomegranates and hundreds of other plants enjoy temperatures of almost 40 degrees…The secret to his success is using geothermal energy to heat an impressive greenhouse.