Written by: Ellen Bell, Colorado Master Gardener, 2019
As we all try to cope with our new “pandemic normal,” the Pueblo County Master Gardeners have been busy doing what we do best which is finding new ways to connect with the Pueblo community. Here is what we have been up to:
The 2020 Yard and Garden class series has moved to Zoom and will continue on Zoom for 2020. All fees for zoom classes have been waived. We are working on updating the website with all new Zoom registration information and that can be found here: https://pueblo.extension.colostate.edu/2020-yard-garden/
If you are interested in Colorado pollinators there is a free Zoom class coming up soon called “Helpful Habitats for pollinators.” It is on Wednesday, August 12 from 12:00pm-2:00pm MDT. You can find more information and register here: https://habitatsforpollinators.eventbrite.com
Master Gardeners and Extension staff have also been making educational YouTube videos that can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi0dsYcfX1gIbHQWPit8WDQ
Some Master Gardeners are working on in person community projects such as the Edible Landscapes project (https://www.chieftain.com/news/20200701/edible-landscapes-add-beauty-healthy-food-to-downtown-pueblo) and demo garden at Lake Pueblo while following strict regulations to keep everyone safe from COVID.
The Help Line is now 100% remote to answer your gardening questions. It is open Monday-Friday 9-11am and 2-4pm. The phone number is: 719 583-6566.
Have you heard about the neighborhood seed libraries? All Pueblo Grows is now offering contact free little seed libraries around town. Visit one today and pick up some seeds for fall planting. Donations are also welcome. To find out more, including locations visit: https://www.allpueblogrows.org
If you know someone who would like to sign up for this virtual quarterly newsletter, they can do so here by clicking on “subscribe,” https://mailchi.mp/61e85c410d6a/from-the-ground-up-newsletter-042020
Whether you are new to gardening or looking to try something new there are many resources available to connect with us. We are here for you. Stay safe and keep gardening!