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Cultivate garden know-how during weekly series in Eagle

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Jenny Lorch tending White House Gardens in Eagle.
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EAGLE — Trying to improve your landscape? Interested in learning more about gardening? Have a weed problem? Colorado State University Extension’s Twilight Gardening Series is for you. The series starts Thursday and runs each week though Aug. 21. The class is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the White House Gardens, 441 Broadway, in Eagle. This event is free and open to the public.

Each week of the series will feature horticulture leaders from around the county as guest lecturers. Herbalist and gardener Stephanie Syson, of the Basalt Food Forest, will kick things off this week with a demonstration on how to make your own salves from garden herbs, both wild and cultivated. Come learn the multiple uses of herbs and make hand salve in a take-home tin.

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Looking for an organic way to control weeds? The Aug. 7 workshop is for you. An organic weed control experiment is in place for public viewing. Jeff Pieper, CSU Extension’s horticulture agent, will be on hand to explain the techniques.

Longtime resident master gardener and former executive chef at Grouse Mountain Grill Rick Kangas will demonstrate how to extend the valley’s short growing season while also discussing how to get the most out of your garden space at the workshop on Aug. 14. Last season, he managed CSU Extension’s HASE (High Altitude Season Extension) experiment in Eagle, which involved collecting data on growing romaine lettuce, beans and squash in three high altitude counties. Kangas has also planted two square-foot gardens at the White House to demonstrate what and how much can be planted in a small raised bed.

Shawn Bruckman, compost consultant, soil specialist and owner of The Ground Up, will close the series Aug. 21 by discussing composting and at-home organics recycling. Bruckman is also director of sustainability for Vail Honeywagon and president of the Eagle-Vail Community Garden.

The Twilight Garden Series is also an excellent opportunity to ask questions while wandering around the White House Gardens. Whatever your gardening interest, you are sure to find something to inspire you in the examples you’ll find there; there is a perennial border garden, a water-wise garden, a plant select garden, a Colorado native garden, a culinary bed and a vegetable garden.

Email jeff.pieper@eaglecounty.us or call the CSU Extension office at 970-328-8630 for more information about the series.


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