Growing your food is its own reward, but it’s fun to win stuff, too.Colorado Springs gardening enthusiast Larry Stebbins is launching a contest to get more backyard gardens started in 2019. At least 100 more.Stebbins, who kick-started the community garden craze in the Pikes Peak region, now proposes a 100 Garden Challenge.“It’s a push to get 100 more gardens started in the area,” said Stebbins, who jokes that he’s retired “for a second time” — from his first career as an educator and then as director of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens.He taught chemistry at Aurora Central High School for 18 years before becoming assistant principal at Russell Middle School, principal at Carver Elementary and assistant principal at Air Academy High School. After 35 years in education, he retired and turned to community gardens. Stebbins founded the nonprofit Pikes Peak Urban Gardens 12 years ago and helped build 12 community gardens in the region. Although he … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs garden guru kicks off ‘100 Garden Challenge’
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We are fortunate to have incredible musicians perform in Colorado Springs, sometimes year after year, so close we can just swing by after work. Case in point: The legendary, oh-so-talented and a joy-to-hear-live crooner Lyle Lovett returns to the Pikes Peak Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday, performing an acoustic set with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Hiatt. Lovett also came here last February, that time with Texas A&M buddy Robert Earl Keen for a guitar-pull concert of storytelling and music. I expect the same sort of laid-back intimate, delightful show with Hiatt, whose 1987 hit “Have a Little Faith in Me” may ring a bell. Tickets start at $39.50, PikesPeakCenter.com 18 things to do around Colorado Springs this weekend: Bighorn Sheep Day, Cripple Creek Ice Festival, huge garden show, coffee-cocktail duel Pikes Pick: A Little Black Dress for a big cause … [Read more...] about Pikes Pick: The ever-lyrical Lyle Lovett returns to Colorado Springs. Lucky us.
What do you like best about fresh tomatoes? A bright, citrusy taste? Earthiness? More sweet than tart?There are thousands of tomato varieties, and many seed companies carry 70 or more. How do you choose the right seeds for your vegetable garden?Your tastes are a big part of it. Other factors are experience, variety and brand. Also, consider science. Knowing the length of the growing season, what grows best in your soil, climate zones and the timing of the first and last frosts are other determining factors.It’s a lot to keep in mind, but help is available. Keep on watering through winter to keep trees, shrubs and grass from dehydratingMarc Short, who with his wife cultivates the Double M Farm in Falcon, has been teaching a free seed-selection class at High Prairie Library for five years (see box). Short has raised vegetables in El Paso County since 1965. He has knowledge and experience to share far beyond the two-hour class, but it’s a start.The seeds you choose are … [Read more...] about Going to seed: Knowing what you like, length of growing season key to choosing garden seeds
There’s a new “Rick” at Rick’s Garden Center, and his name is Dan.Dan and Jeana Hopper of Monument bought the westside business in April, taking over from Mike and Gail Estes, who had owned and operated the Colorado Springs mainstay since 1985. The Esteses purchased the business from original owners Dwight Richner, his wife, Jackie, and son Ron, who founded it in 1948 at the same 1827 W. Uintah St. site where it stands today.“We’re the third family to own it,” said Dan Hopper.He doesn’t mind answering to “Rick” and sometimes does.The business name, footprint and location have continued as usual with the Hoppers at the helm. Regular customers still might see Mike Estes from time to time, when he and Gail aren’t on the golf course. As part of the purchase agreement, the Esteses helped the new owners through the transition and continue to offer support.“We had been looking to buy a business for the last six to eight … [Read more...] about New owners continue to grow legacy of Colorado Springs mainstay Rick’s Garden Center
THURSDAYRun, turkeys, run. What a fun family Thanksgiving tradition, the YMCA Turkey Trot 5K and Kids' Tiny Trot at the Briargate Family YMCA, a fundraiser for Y scholarships for families.The 21st annual, at 4025 Family Place, bright and early at 8 a.m. before the turkey day feasts.FRIDAYA moonlight Garden of the Gods Full Moon Hike starting at the Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N.30th St., 5:30–7:30 p.m. A marked course leads hikers through the park to telescopes along the way for moon views. Hot drinks and snacks at Bean Sprouts Café. A benefit for the Garden of the Gods Foundation, Friends of Garden of the Gods and the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Bring flashlights or headlamps and dress for nippy weather. Sturdy shoes recommended for the 2-mile walk. $5 ages 13+, 12 and under free, $10 at the door, cash and credit cards. FRIDAYFree entry at all 41 Colorado State Parks for Great Outdoors Colorado's Fresh Air Friday. Explore the trails at Cheyenne Mountain … [Read more...] about 14 things to do around Colorado Springs: Turkey Trot, Denver Botanic Gardens, full moon hike, Dior, mountain lights