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Tomato tale: Follow these tomatoes from seed to dinner plate

By Melinda Mawdsley

Tomato grower Blaine Diffendaffer tastes his fruit to ensure quality, but he doesn’t really like tomatoes. When he was younger and had to weed the family garden, he avoided the tomato plants if possible because of their off-putting ...


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Hoophouses save the garden from havoc

By Erin McIntyre

There is nothing more frustrating than working hard on your garden, only to discover that something came in the night and ruined everything. I’m looking at you, stupid deer. Yeah, they’re kind of cute from far away, but boy, are ...


Any idea what these volunteer plants coming up in yard are?

By Dennis Hill

I have some volunteer plants coming up in the yard and want to know what they are. My husband insists it’s an evergreen of some sort and wants me to keep them, but as they get bigger, they develop stickers on the branches. Do you have ...


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It’s better to thin garden than leave it alone

By Erin McIntyre

One of the hardest things about gardening, for me, is forcing myself to decide what stays or goes. Sometimes Mother Nature does it for me, and I’m grateful. But other times, I have to make the decision in order to have a stronger ...


Drip, May 2, 2015

By Special to the Sentinel

WATER TIP Turn off your sprinklers on windy days — Don’t water your lawn on windy days as wind tends to blow the water to sidewalks, streets and other areas not needing irrigation. In addition, depending on what type of sprinkler ...


Some ways to get rid of the grasshoppers

By Dennis Hill

We have a huge flush of young grasshoppers in our yard. What can we do to control these guys, while going easy on the ladybugs? — Chip You’re smart to start working on controlling grasshoppers early since they only get harder to ...


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It’s Spring! (and that means it’s time to work)

By Erin McIntyre

Every spring, this happens to me. I wait all winter for some tiny smidgen of green, so desperate to garden that I re-grow onions and lettuce from the scraps leftover from salad. Then, BOOM! It’s full-on spring, complete with bugs and ...


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Habits that helped in Zero Waste Challenge

By Erin McIntyre

It all started with a plastic bottle and ended with a metal sign that tried to kill us. In honor of Earth Day this week, I’d like to share the finale of the 2015 Zero Waste Challenge. Spoiler alert: We didn’t get to zero. But we ...


Rip out this newspaper page and use it for weeds

By Dennis Hill

I’ve heard about using newspaper and grass clippings to keep the weeds down. What is the proper way for me to do this? I get impossible weeds in my garden, and, as an organic gardener, I won’t use weed killer. — ...


Lessons from Swiss in reduced-waste lifestyle

By Erin McIntyre

Welcome to the last official week of the 2015 Zero Waste Challenge. I call it the last “official” week because we’ll continue some of the habits we’ve learned over the past seven weeks, but I doubt we’ll continue ...


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