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Buildling Community One Garden at a Time

There are many great ways to build community.  Joining a community garden is just one of them and you get fresh veggies to boot! It has been said that people need a "third place" to have in their lives. We have family, work and a third place. That third place for many is church or temple. Others it is the town square or the local pub. And for some it is a community garden. Over the past five seasons, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens (PPUG) has helped build several community gardens and watched as the…See More
Nov 11, 2012
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It Is Not Summer Until You Bite Into Your First Tomato! By Larry Stebbins, Director, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens

America’s favorite garden vegetable is the tomato. Botanically speaking it is a fruit and up until the late 1800’s it was classified as such to avoid taxation. Then the Supreme Court ruled that it was a vegetable and should be taxed as such. Anyway you slice it, tomatoes are delicious but challenging to grow. Novice and experienced gardeners can be rewarded with a bountiful harvest of these global beauties if a few details are considered.If your space is small it is recommended that you grow…See More
Apr 29, 2012
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Favorite Cool Season Vegies for the Pikes Peak Region

There is no excuse this year not to have your garden beds ready for planting. The weather has been unseasonably warm and dry. We have had plenty of chances to get outside and add a bit of aged compost or cow manure, turn the soil a bit and hose in some much needed moisture. Every year folks ask us what are our favorite vegies. It is…See More
Mar 29, 2012
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Is it Time to Plant? Is it Time to Plant?

Well, maybe. Let me explain. In the Pikes Peak region we sometimes get mild and even warm spells in early March. Many of us get a bit "antsy" and want to get those early peas or spinach seeds in the ground. Over my past thirty plus years of gardening around here I have tried to push that early planting date as much as I could. Mother Nature always gets the best of me. Yep the seeds may sprout if you have seven to ten days of seasonably warm weather but the chilly days will set you back.Take…See More
Mar 18, 2012
Pula Davis commented on Larry Stebbins's blog post 'This Could Be "The Year of the Garden" by Larry Stebbins, Director, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens'
"Really informative article, Larry, thanks."
Feb 29, 2012
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This Could Be "The Year of the Garden" by Larry Stebbins, Director, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens

Now is the time to pledge to grow more of your own vegetables. This is like a New Year's Resolution only  tastier than most. If you follow a few simple steps you could be eating a juicy, sweet organic salad before the end of May and ripe tomatoes by August! Yep, even in Colorado Springs.First select a site. It needs sun all day. Don't listen to those folks that say you can grow in partial shade. The more sun the better. No respectable farmer would plant his crops under a sprawling tree and…See More
Feb 29, 2012
Darlene Sabella commented on Larry Stebbins's blog post 'Could More Community Gardens Be in Our Future?'
"This is sooooooooo fantastic, and I want you to set me up with this, I will not be able to start until late October, can that work?  I have a million questions to ask you so let me know when I can connect with you, I have been thinking of…"
Aug 10, 2011
Darlene Sabella liked Larry Stebbins's blog post Could More Community Gardens Be in Our Future?
Aug 10, 2011
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Jan 30, 2011
Heidi Schaefer commented on Larry Stebbins's blog post 'Plan Now for a Great Veggie Garden in 2011'
"Fantastic Larry! I attempted to grow an organic box garden and found it very difficult. Thought I had my spacing measured correctly and planted accordingly but the only veggie that thrived was the romaine and cabbage. I would love to hear how to…"
Jan 5, 2011
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Plan Now for a Great Veggie Garden in 2011

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens will be holding a series of monthly classes on how to grow great organic veggies in this challenging climate. Beginners or veteran gardeners will learn, share and "grow".  Our next class is Saturday, January 15th from 10 AM - 11:30 AM at Horace Mann Middle School, 1001 E. Van Buren St, on the corner of Templeton Gap and E. Van Buren. These 90 minute classes cost $5 per person. Topics will include:Larry's Favorite Varieties of Vegetables (many new for 2011!)New! Planning…See More
Jan 5, 2011
Katy Booth commented on Larry Stebbins's blog post 'Get Those Cool Season Veggies Off to a Great Start'
"This is great stuff, Larry -- thanks for posting!"
Mar 25, 2010
Theresa Hazelton commented on Larry Stebbins's blog post 'Get Those Cool Season Veggies Off to a Great Start'
"I just signed up for this! Super excited! Glad I found it on here!"
Mar 24, 2010
Bob Stephens commented on Larry Stebbins's blog post 'Get Those Cool Season Veggies Off to a Great Start'
"Thanks for the info, Larry, and I'm sure I speak for many others. Have fun with the class next month!"
Mar 24, 2010
Larry Stebbins posted a blog post

Get Those Cool Season Veggies Off to a Great Start

This year could be the biggest year for vegetable gardening since the "Victory Gardens" of the 1940's. Anyone who has lived in the Pikes Peak region knows how challenging this climate can be. To assist the gardeners in their quest to grow great veggies, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens is offering a series of garden classes. Our next class is in April and all are welcome but you must register on line (see below). The cost is a donation of $1 and any extra donations will be appreciated and used to help…See More
Mar 24, 2010

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A Typical Raised Bed Garden

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A Typical Raised Bed Garden

The Pikes Peak Victory Garden Project: Helping Those in Need Help Themselves

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Many folks know Pikes Peak Urban Gardens (PPUG) as an organization whose primary mission is to start community gardens around the city. That was true until Linda Mooney and Dick Anson came into our lives. They had an idea and we had the funding (actually our parent organization, Pikes Peak Community Foundation came up with the funds). They wanted to build small vegetable gardens in the backyards of families that were struggling to make ends meet. The idea was brilliant!

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Buildling Community One Garden at a Time

Posted on November 11, 2012 at 12:01pm 0 Comments

There are many great ways to build community.  Joining a community garden is just one of them and you get fresh veggies to boot! It has been said that people need a "third place" to have in their lives. We have family, work and a third place. That third place for many is church or temple. Others it is the town square or the local pub. And for some it is a community garden. Over the past five seasons, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens (PPUG) has helped build several community gardens and watched as…

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It Is Not Summer Until You Bite Into Your First Tomato! By Larry Stebbins, Director, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

America’s favorite garden vegetable is the tomato. Botanically speaking it is a fruit and up until the late 1800’s it was classified as such to avoid taxation. Then the Supreme Court ruled that it was a vegetable and should be taxed as such. Anyway you slice it, tomatoes are delicious but challenging to grow. Novice and experienced gardeners can be rewarded with a bountiful harvest of these global beauties if a few details are considered.

If your space is small it is recommended that…

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Favorite Cool Season Vegies for the Pikes Peak Region

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 7:07pm 0 Comments

There is no excuse this year not to have your garden beds ready for planting. The weather has been unseasonably warm and dry. We have had plenty of chances to get outside and add a bit of aged compost or cow manure, turn the soil a bit and hose in some much needed moisture. Every year folks ask us what are our favorite…

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