Chris Ibsen

Store Manager – Littleton

Over 30 years with O’Toole’s! A true gardening  expert! Email Chris Favorite plant: Evergreen

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Apple Valley Greenhouse

Many of our annuals come from Apple Valley Greenhouse in Penrose Colorado. Apple Valley sources beautiful annuals from around the world and plants them in Colorado so they can deal with our unique climate. Video Tour!

Tips on Planting Bulbs for the winter

O’Toole’s has a great variety of bulbs. Click for tips on planting bulbs in the winter.

Thank you Littleton for 30 years!

After 30 years of business, we have made the difficult decision to close our Littleton location at the end of August. Due to real estate expansions near the property, we lack adequate parking to safely and effectively run our store, which led us to the ultimate decision to close our doors in the fall. We want to extend our warmest …

An Inside look into one of our local growers, Botany Lane

At O’Toole’s Garden Centers, we are proud to work with Colorado growers like Botany Lane. Thom from Botany Lane to find out how that might work. In Tom’s words “Botany Lane is Botany lane is a local grower here in Colorado, and our brand is ‘Just Dig It’ which is produced in-house for the Colorado Market.” Just dig it is …

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2020 Garden Giveaway Winners!

September 18, 2020
It was so inspiring to see all the creativity and gardening passion out there! Check out the winners of our 2020 Garden Giveaway! Read Full Blog Entry…
Ask a Gardener – Japanese Beetle
June 11, 2020
Japanese Beetles damage plants as both adults and larvae. Adults feed on soft leaf tissue, leaving skeletonized foliage. Larvae feed on roots, especially turf grass, leaving dead, brown patches in the lawn. Cech out this blog entry for tips and products to address both the larvae and the adult bugs. Read more
New To Seed Starting

Seed Starting for Beginners

Thursday February 24, 2022

The first thing on my to-do list for spring is starting seeds! I head to O’Toole’s to pick up some essentials like Espoma Organic Seed Starting Soil, Plant Best compostable pots and trays, and seeds! If you’d like an extra head start on the season, adding a seedling heat mat from Jump Start and a Agrobrite Grow Light can also be useful tools.

One of the easiest things about starting seeds is that all of the instructions you need are listed on the back of the seed packets you pick up. I like to prep my trays and pots by filling them most of the way up with the seed starting soil, and then add indentations based on the seed packets’ instructions. After sprinkling in seeds, gently top off the soil and water thoroughly. I like to use a greenhouse to keep up humidity levels, but many seed-starting trays come with plastic humidity covers that work just as well! Keep them well-watered and in sunshine and you’ll start to see seedlings soon!

Talk soon,
Kait from @modhippiehabits