Matt Middleton

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since Aug 09, 2012
Monument, CO
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Mullein is a fairly common "weed" where I'm at along the Front Range in Colorado. I get new volunteer mullein seedlings every year. I guess I'm just lucky in this regard. Shoot, I've seen in growing right in the middle of asphalt parking lots here. Tough little buggers.
7 years ago
Glad to help. Enjoy your upcoming shovel time.
8 years ago
Go to the program's website: http://www.bfslash.org

It's located off of Shoup road about 1/4 of a mile east of Black Forest Road. Pretty easy to get to.
8 years ago
Margaret, I'm a bit west of you in Monument, but there is a good source of hugelkulture wood here that will only cost you fuel and effort. El Paso County operates a free slash mulch program in Black Forest that's open to all county residents. It's mostly ponderosa pine and spruce wood, but there's usually a decent amount of hardwoods as well. From what I understand it can be somewhat hit or miss as far as the size of material - usually smaller branches. However, they have no problems with you loading up the un-mulched branches and logs and hauling those away. They're open well into September, so you've got about a month left this year. Good luck!
8 years ago
I'm in CO as well (Monument, approx 6,900 ft) and have just begun what I imagine will be a long process of trial-by-fire coversion of my back yard into what I hope will be a productive food growing area. I'm still relatively new to gardening in this area and from what I understand, the conditions can be a huge challenge along the Front Range. I know that it's possible, but it's likely going to take a good deal of effort and failures to figure out what works in your particular microclimate. We bought a new house that backs to open space (gotta love that protected preebles mouse), but our back yard is basically a blank slate - and by "blank slate", I literally mean blank. My current efforts are focused on building soil and converting my planting areas to hugelkulture beds. I figure that by the time spring rolls around, I will have been able to learn much more about permaculture and have developed a more thought-out plan that addresses some of the challenges that this area presents. I know that wind screening is going to be a major focus of my efforts, as the spring and fall winds here can be a real challenge.

Good luck and let us know what you try out.
8 years ago
Monument checking in. We definitely get our fair share of wind as well. The Palmer Divide is a double-edged sword.
8 years ago