Happy Spring! Here in Colorado, we get to experience all sorts of
weather during this time of year. Sometimes, it snows. Other times( like
tomorrow!) I get to drive around in my sassy red convertible with the
top down. As you adjust to the coming summer and warms, it's important to make your home feel spring-time too!
First, Let's plan a garden.
There are some great apps out there to help you remember when to plant, water, and pick everything. Some plants that grow GREAT here include:
Purple Prairie Clover:
a drought-tolerant plant that will attract birds, bees, & butterflies to your Colorado garden.
a hardy plant that comes back year to year. My favorite place to buy them is at Long's Iris Gardens ( You can find them here)
A late Spring bloomer, this beauty is sure to catch the eye. You can also get them up at Long's.
Ok, on to Fruits and Veggies: The Three Sisters is an old Native American way of planting corn(maize), squash/pumpkin, and beans. You can read more about it here) but basically it's sustainable farming methods that allows you to plant the same crops year after year.
Apples/pears/crabapples: While pretty much all fruit trees take a few years to come off the ground, eating fruit off your own tree is a pretty magnificent experience.
seriously, i don't actually buy store bought tomatoes anymore,
if i can't have the homegrown heirloom tomatoes, what's the point?
Brandywine is my favorite.
OK, next:( 2) Put away the winter blankets and dressings
may have one winter storm left( it is Denver, after all) but i can
pretty much promise that it's not going to be as cold, or as long, as in
January. We can Put away the heavy winter jackets, thick fleece
blankets, and the flannel. Oh, god, please, get rid of the flannel.
Replace with cotton blankets, down beddings, and general 'lighter'
things. Bring in the brighter colors as well, out with the hunter greens
and the heavy maroons, get rid of the valentines day crap you still
have left out on your table and warm up to spring.
bright, airy patterns. While you're at it, clean your windows.
Snow streaks and you want to be able to enjoy your new garden, right?
(3) Go Through Your Closets
you worn it in the last year? Will you wear it in the next? Does it
hold sentimental value? if you answered no to all those questions, the
item in question needs to go. Shalom. IF you want help organizing your
closets, check out this blog.
(4) Deep Clean Your Carpets
be gross. There will be snow, mud, and a fair amount of dirt tracked in
from the winter, but it'll be worth it. Your carpets will love you for
it. You will love you for it.
Author:Bonnie Cavoto Event Coordinator Phone: 720-277-6830 Dated: April 18th 2014 Views: 7,229 About Bonnie: Bonnie hails from Denver, Colorado. She went to school in Pittsburgh for 3 years, majoring in event ...
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