Jodi Torpey

Jodi is a garden writer, certified master gardener and author of “The Colorado Gardener’s Companion: An Insider’s Guide to Gardening in the Centennial State.”

She has a special interest in helping other gardeners learn how to cultivate successful gardens in challenging environments. As a Colorado native, she has first-hand gardening experience dealing with poor soil conditions, extreme temperature fluctuations, intense sunlight and the lack of reliable precipitation.

Her favorite topics include xeriscaping, using native plants in the landscape, planting vegetable and container gardens, conserving water in the landscape, creating backyard habitats and gardening with her dog, Rufus T. Smudge.

In addition to her book, Jodi’s writing is published on home and gardening websites, in national magazines and regional newspapers. She also manages her own website and blog,, an online guide to gardening in the West. Follow her on Twitter @WesternGardener

  • Kitchen Gardening

    What’s Bugging You in the Garden?

    Summer is in full swing and that means the biting insects are out, too. If you've always been a favorite mosquito meal, this one’s for you.

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Simple Steps to Prevent Powdery Mildew

    If you grow common vegetable garden crops -- like beans, peas, squash, pumpkins, melons and cucumbers –- you might see a powdery white coating on leaves and stems during the…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Watering Plants with Sunlight and Air

    A demonstration garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens uses a solar-powered atmospheric water harvesting system to irrigate a honey of a vegetable garden. The process uses solar energy to drive…

  • Garden Lifestyle

    Grow an Herbal Tea Garden

    Is there anything more refreshing than a glass of iced tea on a hot summer day? What makes that tea even more delicious is growing your own herbs to prepare…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    How to Shrug Off Arthritis in the Garden

    May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, so let’s celebrate by looking at ways to keep vegetable gardeners gardening in spite of arthritic hands and knees. Here are ways to garden…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Garden Like a Viking

    One of the special features in the Irish National Botanic Gardens in Dublin is an accurate recreation of a Viking house dating from the ninth and tenth centuries. Here’s what…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Grow Pea Shoots for Spring Crunch

    Pea shoots are the fresh antidote to a long cold winter. These crunchy greens can be ready to enjoy in just a few weeks from planting.

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Exotic Peppers Spice Up Gardens

    The new Pumpkin Habanero pepper, from the Exotic Pepper Project at Rutgers University, looks like a small pumpkin, has a citrusy taste and jalapeno-like heat. Here’s how to get your…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    How to Start Pepper Seeds

    If you like to grow unusual peppers, you’ll need to start from seed. Hundreds of pepper varieties are available to gardeners who take time to plant seeds, instead of the…

  • Garden Lifestyle

    These Vegetable Seeds Need Saving

    Slow Food’s annual Plant a Seed campaign is your chance to make a difference in the wonderful world of vegetable growing. When you plant this year’s seed kit, you’ll help…