Spring Gleaning: You Don’t Have to Just Grow Old — Real Tomatoes and Zinnias Are in Your Future


    We really are a hopeful lot out here on the high plains.

    Despite the facts and history, year after year, we line up faithfully at garden centers to bet money that we can grow stunning flowers, magnificent trees and succulent veggies. We double down, and over, in the backyard dirt to rid our own botanical plots of what is often the only thing that really grows out here in the dry clay: weeds. We dig and pull an endless hardy crop of weeds and the remnants of last year’s less-than-stunning flowers, the sad, often dead trees and the tomato plants that fed insects and not much else.

    Spring in Colorado is a time for hopeful and wistful sighs. No matter how many gardens fail here, sigh, this year will be different. Ahem.

    Beeler Street Community Garden
    Gardening hows and how not to’s, and more, in this edition of the Aurora Magazine

    Staff writer Brandon Johansson happily takes us through his own less-than-stellar attempts at raising the garden bar and backyard broccoli. Like many Aurora hopefuls, the attempts have been more of a funeral than a beginning. Sort of a dust-to-dust kind of thing.

    If you’re anyone but a Colorado State University cooperative extension master gardener, you know the drill of spend, plant, water, die, repeat. If you’re interested in creating a more green existence from your own little farm to table, and not the trash can, read on. Johansson talks with a garden expert who can bring some reality and maybe some dinner to your house.

    Aurora Magazine - Subscribe!And if it’s a real show of faith that interests you, check out staff writer Rachel Sapin’s contribution to this issue’s Coloradical Department. Sapin takes you to a Front Range seance. If the spirit moves you to reach out beyond reality, Sapin tells you what to expect. Both of those stories are a natural fit, since Colorado gardening and the paranormal are often about raising the dead and the stories that come after.

    And for desert, noodles. Staff writer Quincy Snowdon gives you the low down on haute noodle couture in the metro area. Snowdon talks to local broth-and-noodle chefs to reveal what every ramen bowl will be wearing this season. A far cry from the staple of Colorado dorm rooms, ramen is now the hottest broth going. And one of the top noodle bars in the region? Right here in Aurora. No need to visit Tokyo when Havana Street is juicing the Colorado Table.

    Read on. Let the spring thing and this issue of the Aurora Magazine renew your faith in the region’s endless novelties.