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Erin McIntyre

Get rid of garden problems before they grow

When July arrives, my garden reaches a crossroads. If things have gone well and I’ve kept on top of maintenance, after the intense furnace-blast heat dies down a little, the garden is ...


Dennis Hill

Best way to get rid of grass is with a herbicide

I have a 15-foot by 30-foot area of grass I would like to convert into a vegetable garden next season. What is a safe and effective way to get rid of all that grass? Is rototilling that whole ...


Rock Cesario

Triple Played: It’s been a fairly great year so far for music

Six months into this year and it is shaping up to be one of the best years in recent memory for new music. Some of the better new releases so far have come from Mark Knopfler, James McMurtry ...


Steve Beauregard

Being a pretender is key to happiness

It turns out we’re happy. I’m talking about Coloradans in general. According to a nationwide survey conducted by Gallup, we rank as the sixth-happiest state and one of just two ...


Tammy Gemaehlich

Your Town, June 28, 2015

A few weeks ago, I attempted to investigate the tree on the west side of the yard, where we often saw a hummingbird emerge to feed on the trumpet vines and other flowering shrubs in the ...


Charlé Thibodeau

Don’t let your pet try to beat the heat in hot car

I had to opportunity to take care of my son’s dog this past week while he was out of town. Boomer is a little terrier mix who has been a faithful friend to my son for six years. As the ...


Gary McCallister

The basic (and acidic) study of animal waste

Have you ever wondered why cows produce “cow pies,” horses produce “road apples” and sheep produce “sheep pellets?” Why don’t we call sheep droppings ...


Dennis Hill

What to do
 for tomatoes’ blossom-end rot problem?

For the past several gardening seasons, I have had an unusually high incidence of blossom end rot on my tomato vines. I realize this is a physiological problem, but are there certain tomato ...


Erin McIntyre

As the world turns on ‘All my Chickens’

Welcome to the recap of “All my Chickens,” the real-life soap opera staged in my backyard. This season, we’ve seen a lot in the way of plot development, and we have a few new ...


Dave Buchanan

Sudden heat provides a lift for vineyards in Colorado

The sudden burst of tropic heat arriving in mid-June was just what the region’s wine-grape growers were waiting for. A cool and wetter-than-normal May restored ground moisture to the ...


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