Apple Valley Greenhouse

Thursday January 7, 2021

O’Toole’s supports the Colorado economy with a commitment to always buy from local growers first. We source many of our annuals from Apple Valley Greenhouse, in Penrose Colorado. Apple Valley has been a preferred grower for O’Toole’s since the 1980’s. Over our 3 decades working together, we’ve built a family friendship. Apple Valley sources uniquely beautiful annuals from around the …

Kale Slaw Spring Salad

Tuesday May 7, 2019

Here at O’Toole’s, we love to eat almost as much as we love to garden. In fact, the two go hand in hand. What could be better than preparing a home-cooked meal using ingredients fresh from your garden? That’s why we’ve started this new feature on our Garden Blog, the Recipe of the Month Club! Each month, we’ll be sharing …

Ask A Gardener – Hollyhock Weevils

Monday April 17, 2017

It can be difficult to make a diagnosis sight unseen, but from your description and the time of year, it sounds like those black beetles could be hollyhock weevils. These natives of Europe are now pretty common throughout the state wherever hollyhocks are grown. Life Cycle Hollyhock weevils overwinter under the soil around the flowers and emerge in the spring …

Ask A Gardener – Companion Planting

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Companion Planting is the art of planting different plants together to their mutual benefit. You can use companion planting to intensify the flavor of vegetables, enrich the soil, attract beneficial insects and repel pests. One of the most famous examples of this kind of cooperative planting is the Native American tradition of The Three Sisters The Three Sisters Native Americans …

Poinsettias: Flowers of the Season

Friday December 9, 2016

Poinsettias are the quintessential Christmas flower. Though they are famous for they brilliant reds (almost 80% of commercially grown poinsettias are red), they also come in beautiful yellows, whites and pinks as well as variegated varieties. History & Lore Poinsettias, or more scientifically Euphorbia pulcherrima, are native to Mexico and can be found growing wild in tropical forests down the …

Why Do We Carve Pumpkins on Halloween?

Friday October 21, 2016

The practice of carving pumpkins on Halloween originated in Ireland during the Celtic festival of Samhain. According to legend, on Samhain night the door between the world of the living and the world of the dead was flung open and sprits and ghosts were thought to walk the earth. People would hollow out turnips to create makeshift lanterns, often carved …

Winterize Your Roses in Four Easy Steps

Wednesday October 12, 2016

“…the red, red rose. In ageless sleep, she finds repose.” Sleeping Beauty Now that autumn has arrived, it’s time to start getting your roses ready for their long winter’s nap. With a little bit of planning and prep, you can make sure your sleeping beauties wake up healthy and refreshed in the spring. 1. Get Your Roses Ready for Bed …

Frost Protection for Your Garden

Wednesday October 5, 2016

In the fall or early spring, temperatures can plummet without warning. Chalk it up to living in Colorado. But with a little preparation, you can protect your tender plants against frost and extend your growing season by several weeks Light Frost vs. Hard Frost A light frost is when the temperature dips below 32° at some point during the night. …

Tulip Mania!

Wednesday September 28, 2016

Economic bubbles, the rapid escalation in prices followed by an equally rapid drop, are all too familiar to us today. But did you know the very first economic bubble in history was started by something you probably have growing in your garden? In the 1600s, nothing more than the pretty little tulip kicked off a speculative frenzy that gripped an …

Tomato Festival and Trials 2016

Thursday September 15, 2016

This was our fifth year celebrating everyone’s favorite vegetable (that is actually a fruit) at our Littleton store’s annual Tomato Festival. And this year was one of our best festivals ever! We had a farmer’s market, bouncy castle, contests, bluegrass music , a dunk tank and so much more. We’d like to give a great big “Thank You” to everyone …