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What to Do in the Rockies: January

Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in the Rockies: January

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Shop for value

Order vegetable seeds Homegrown veggies cost a fraction of what you buy in stores, so plan your garden now for the coming year. New for 2009 from Colorado-based Botanical Interests are Asian Salad Mix mesclun, organic 'Black Krim' tomatoes, multicolored Carnival Blend carrots, Gourmet Baby Greens mesclun, lemon cucumber, burpless 'Marketmore' cucumber, Oak Leaf Blend lettuce, 'Red Velvet' lettuce, 'Rouge d'Hiver'romaine lettuce, 'Ruby Streaks' mustard greens, 'Spring Treat' sweet corn, and Valentine Mix mesclun. Buy at and garden centers.

Plant now

Grow indoor herbs Many garden centers carry small pots of culinary herbs such as basil, chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme in winter. Transplant potted herbs into good-quality potting soil in larger containers. Place in a sunny window, water whenever the soil dries out, and fertilize according to the directions that come with the plants. Start snipping leaves for cooking when plants double in size.

Try aloes As low-maintenance as they come, and with hundreds of species to choose from, aloes make exotic, easy-care houseplants. They're rosette- or fanshaped, some armed with spines, and range in size from only a few inches to more than a foot across. Many produce long-lasting green, orange, red, or yellow tubular flowers in winter or spring. Grow in a potting mix made for cactus, and water whenever the soil dries out. Place near a sunny window to encourage flowering.

Tidy up

Care for houseplants Always allow soil to dry out briefly between waterings. …

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