Posts made in January, 2011

Updated (again!): Cold Frame Gardening

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 in Learn More, Programs | Comments Off on Updated (again!): Cold Frame Gardening

The days have gotten shorter and colder, and the Peace Garden is closed for the winter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep producing fresh, organic vegetables here at EarthLinks! For the first time, we’ve decided to try raising veggies over the winter with cold frames. (A cold frame acts like a sort of mini greenhouse, keeping the plants warm and happy even when it snows!) A group from the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers came by the garden last week to help dig some holes, turn the soil, and set up our cold frame beds. We’re trying two different approaches: two of the...

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Going to Bat: Bat Boxes from EarthLinks

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 in Learn More | Comments Off on Going to Bat: Bat Boxes from EarthLinks

Continuing our series shedding light on creatures in peril and how you can help, let’s take a look at Bat Boxes from EarthLinks! You may already know that single- and double-chamber Bat Boxes are available for purchase in our Online Shop, but do you know why they are so important? As anyone who has spent much time outdoors swatting at mosquitoes can tell you, bats are extremely beneficial to any ecosystem. Insectivorous bats are primary predators of night-flying insects, such as mosquitoes and various pests that harm crops and garden vegetables. For example, a single brown bat can eat...

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Thank you, Anschutz Family Foundation!

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 in General | Comments Off on Thank you, Anschutz Family Foundation!

The Anschutz Family Foundation was very kind to EarthLinks during the holidays this year, donating a tree and decorations for the workshop, as well as providing gift bags for all of our participants. They made the holidays very special for all of us here. To show our gratitude, we put together this short video featuring our staff and participants. Thank you, Anschutz Family...

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Pollinators in Peril: Mason Bees

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 in Learn More | Comments Off on Pollinators in Peril: Mason Bees

Have you seen the Mason Bee Boxes in our Online Shop and wondered why in the world you might want one in your yard? Sure, they look amazing thanks to our participants and volunteer woodworkers, but they aren’t just for decorating your garden! These Bee Boxes offer precious habitat to one of the greatest native pollinators around. Mason Bees are extraordinary pollinators who are native to Colorado. You may know them as “Orchard Bees” because orchard growers love to have them pollinating their fruit. Mason Bees are shy and do not sting even though they are capable of...

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