PlantTalk Colorado, which provides reliable, timely information on more than 500 horticulture topics, has updated its website and services to Colorado gardeners. The site – http://planttalk.org – includes more videos and updated, seasonal information.
“We’re making an effort to add new topics,” said Jim Klett, coordinator of PlantTalk Colorado and professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University. “We have added 35 to 40 new topics this year alone, plus we’ve added a ‘Hot Topics’ section that will address timely, seasonal issues for gardeners.”
Some of the hot topics are lawn aeration, buying trees and shrubs and how and when to plant perennials. Detailed step-by-step instructions are provided with each of these topics, and an audio version of each topic is available. Additional topics will be added during the growing season.
Another new attraction is the addition of YouTube videos. These videos are informative and concise, usually from two-to-five minutes in length. The videos include instruction on renovating the home lawn using sod as well as growing pansies and tomatoes for home gardens.
“The number of hits on the website continues to go up,” said Ruth Willson, director of technology for Colorado State Extension. “The web hits were up by 6,000 in January as compared to a year ago. These hits are also seasonal in nature, and the numbers generally start going up in the spring in preparation of the growing season.”
PlantTalk Colorado is sponsored by Colorado State University Extension, Denver Botanic Gardens, and the green industries of Colorado.
“This informative horticulture resource provides timely information to gardeners about gardening in Colorado and how to deal with the unique challenges we face,” said Sarada Krishnan, director of horticulture at Denver Botanic Gardens. “The newly enhanced website, which is easy to navigate, provides information on over 500 horticultural topics.”
Written and audio versions of PlantTalk Colorado are available in English or Spanish.
For more information, visit http://planttalk.org.