Week 5: Keeping Busy During Quarantine  - Special Gardening Edition
Ask any gardener — one of the easiest ways to stay occupied, spend some time outdoors and enjoy your accomplishments, is to plant a garden! Whether annuals, perennials, or vegetables; solo or a family activity, a garden can be a huge sense of pride and even feed your family.

Although our high altitude gardening season begins a bit later than the rest of the state, now is the time to get your seedlings started and prepare your garden beds.

While the temperatures are trending up, we warn that at our higher elevations, there is still the potential for frost after Mother's Day. If you get plants in May, we recommend that you are able to cover them, bring them indoors, or that you start with a cold-hardy (think Siberian!) and or high-altitude varieties.

In this week's issue:
  • Top 5 Boredom Busters in the garden for Kids
  • Top 5 Boredom Busters in the garden for Adults
  • DIY Gardening Kits Coming Soon!
  • Clear Creek County Residents - Stay Informed!
  • Press Release: Phased County Re-opening
This Week's Top 5 Boredom Busters in the Garden for Kids
  1. Plant a Seed for Tomorrow - Recommended Age: Grades Pre-K – 12
    Courtesy of Purdue Extension, Indiana 4‑H
    Strengthen your green thumb by registering for Plant a Seed for Tomorrow. The free six-week course that will teach you and your family how to grow your own at-home garden – from site selection all the way to harvesting!
    Register for Free Gardening Classes
  2. Junior Master Gardeners - Join in on upcoming FB live gardening education and watch previous episodes. Join the Virtual Group
  3. Learn About Seeds with the Denver Botanic Gardens - Seeds are little but they sure are mighty! Have you ever wondered how a little seed grows into a big beautiful plant? Gather some dried beans from your kitchen cabinets or purchase some dried beans from the grocery store and take a closer look to discover the secret life of bean seeds! Download the activity worksheet.
  4. #GardenTogetherAtHome - KidsGardening celebrates the joy and wonder of gardening with children. This year, they are hosting a contest to share how you #GardenTogetherAtHome for a chance to win fun gardening gear. The last day to enter is April 30, 2020, so don’t delay! They also have garden activities including projects and crafts for children to discover the love of gardening.
  5. 4-H Afterschool Agriculture -  Afterschool Agriculture promotes agricultural literacy among young people during out-of-school time while developing their understanding, appreciation and application of science through a variety of hands-on agriculturally based activities. For grades 3-5. Enroll in their curriculum.
Find more ideas in our blog...

This Week's Top 5 Boredom Busters in the Garden for Adults
  1. Grow & Give Modern Victory Garden Project - Learn to grow food and donate extra locally. Colorado State University Extension & Master Gardeners are here to help every step of the way. The resources are designed to help you grow your own food this year and beyond. More resources are added weekly and will change with the season.
  2. CSU Extension Spring Gardening Webinars -  Watch replay videos and upcoming webinars on a variety of horticulture topics by CSU Extension Horticulture Agents and Specialists
  3. Learn Pruning - Unfortunately our scheduled April Extension Thursday workshop on pruning was cancelled to follow COVID-19 social distancing regulations. However, we've gathered up a few trusted videos from CSU Extension. If you have a question, don't hesitate to contact us and we'll help answer your seasonal pruning questions. Tree pruning video. Shrub pruning video. Rose pruning video.
  4. Start Container Gardening - While we're likely to have spring frosts in May at our high elevations in Clear Creek County, it isn't too early to start container vegetable gardening. You can get an early start on your warm season container plants if you can protect them from frost until June. Some cold season varieties are hardy enough for May in Clear Creek County. Read the Master Gardener publication for full details.
  5. Free Online Basic Botany Course from Native Plant Masters - The Native Plant Master Program is excited to announce a free, online Basic Botany class.  This class is designed to be an introduction to (or refresher on) botanical terminology, the basics of dichotomous keying and the characteristics of Colorado’s most species-rich families.  Participants will be provided links to two YouTube videos that will introduce them to botanical terms, plant parts, scientific terminology, and basic identifying characteristics. Click here to register for the class.   
Find more ideas in our blog...
Coming Soon: DIY Raised Garden Kits!

If you are new to gardening or want to prepare a new garden bed, for perhaps a Modern Victory Garden, stay tuned to our emails! We're putting together a DIY Raised Garden Kit with a portable raised garden bed frame and instructions for getting your garden started including seed tips. We'll have full details just as soon as the kits are ready to purchase and pick up!

Clear Creek County Residents - Stay Informed!

Clear Creek Emergency Response Team Prepares for Phased County Re-Opening
Georgetown, CO, April 26, 2020 — Across Colorado, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and related deaths continues to climb, but at a slower pace than over the past two months.  Therefore, the Governor has announced replacing the statewide Stay at Home Order with a Safer at Home Order starting April 27.  Each county and municipality can issue their own guidance equal to or more stringent than State Orders.   
Clear Creek County leadership has decided to proceed with a phased re-opening of County offices starting on May 4, with many associated requirements such as social distancing and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Read the full press release detailing the phased re-opening.

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