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Some tips for getting plants ready

By Dennis Hill

We have 2-year-old grape, blackberry and raspberry plants planted in our back yard. Is there anything we should do to prepare them for winter besides mulch the ground around the bottom of the plants? I was thinking about wrapping the bottom ...

Preparing strawberry plant for the winter

By Dennis Hill

How do I store my hanging strawberry plant? I have about 10 daughter plants growing off of it, and I don’t want them to break off. — Valerie Are you planning on leaving the strawberry plant outside over the winter? It should be ...

We’re closing in on a great time to move your flowers

By Dennis Hill

I have two huge whirling butterfly plants and two French lavenders that I need to either move or divide before next year. How and when should this be done? — Carolyn The best time of the year to divide most perennials is coming up. ...

Original Chicken Five, meet the babies

By Erin McIntyre

We have had a monumental shake-up in the Poulet Chalet, folks. Yep, the three new baby chickens moved into the big house, and it pretty much has been a nonstop reality TV show. Welcome to “Cluck Dynasty.” I call them the ...


August Yard 
Of The month

By Special to the Sentinel

Take time in the near future to drive by 1360 Chipeta Ave., which was unanimously selected by judges as the August 2015 Yard of the Month winner. Built in the 1920, John and Penny Hopkins moved into the house in 1978 and finally finished all ...


Some items on this year’s fall to-do list

By Erin McIntyre

I hate to say it, but fall is just around the corner. The asters I planted by the front door are blooming. The little buds burst open like popcorn and the whole plant explodes in little pink flowers. I know when these bloom that it ...

Several ways to take care of lavender, but be wary

By Dennis Hill

I have quite a few lavender plants. They are at least 4 years old. How much can I prune them down and when should I do it? — Ann You need to be a bit careful about pruning lavender. Lavender is a bit of an “in-between” ...


Weird-shaped veggies a unique find

By Erin McIntyre

Harvesting root vegetables feels a little bit like Christmas. There’s no telling what lies beneath the surface of the soil, and when I yank a carrot out of the ground, there’s a tiny bit of joy that emerges with that jewel-toned ...


Here’s to the good guys, bumble flower beetles

By Erin McIntyre

It was a case of mistaken identity, and now I’m sorry. Just for the record, I never claimed to be an insect expert. My entomological knowledge amounts to knowing certain classes of insects, with the main goal being the ability to ...

‘Rogue’ roses with suckers need pruning persistently

By Dennis Hill

My roses are “going rogue.” Small branches with small leaves are coming up from the base of the plant. I keep cutting them off at the ground, but wonder if that isn’t diminishing the flowering ability and health of the ...

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