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Dreaded curly-top virus puts crimp on crop

By Erin McIntyre

Hindsight is always 20-20 in gardening. I should have spaced my plants farther apart. I should have remembered how monstrous zucchini plants grow and how prolific they are. I should have put weed barrier where all those poky goatheads are ...


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June 2014 Yard of the Month

By Special to the Sentinel

Tucked away on 28 Road is a gem of a garden, and right now it is at its summer best. Cool green grass is surrounded by splashes of color from clusters of flowers. It is hard to believe this garden doesn’t have a grand design. ...


Aggressive Russian sage, and roses that ‘chuckle’

By Dennis Hill

We have three Russian sage plants that our landscaper put in about five years ago. Thriving and beautiful, they put out a great many suckers that are hard and messy to pull up. I used to trim the originals back in the fall, then thought maybe ...


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Keep your garden spectacular all season long

By Erin McIntyre

One of the things I’ve always struggled with as a gardener is maintaining a wide variety of flowering plants over the course of a season. Something should always be blooming, whether it’s spring or approaching fall. This is ...


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Attack of the killer tomato problems!

By Erin McIntyre

It always seems that as soon as the tomatoes start to ripen, the tomato problems start. After all this anticipation, it’s a real disappointment to have a gorgeous green tomato ripen for weeks and then … ugh. Nasty tomato hornworms ...


There’s not a lot you can do to extend salvia bloom

By Dennis Hill

Last year, we planted about eight dark blue, beautiful salvia plants. The flowers on the spikes that were fully clad in gorgeous purple flowers are now starting to wane a bit, and only the tips of the spikes remain deep purple. I would love ...


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Life with chickens, 
one year later

By Erin McIntyre

The chickens really couldn’t care less, but it’s their birthdays. Yes, the Chicken Five are 1 year old! I’m celebrating, because this is important. I tried to make them celebrate, too, but they are immune to the joys of ...


Sycamore’s peeling bark nothing to worry about

By Dennis Hill

Help! I think my sycamore tree has borers. The leaves are fine and the tree looks good, but the bark is peeling off in big pieces all over my yard. What’s going on, and how can I stop it? — Catherine Though I can understand your ...


Best way to get rid of unwanted elm tree?

By Dennis Hill

I have a butterfly bush that, all of a sudden, has an elm tree starting to grow in the center of it. What is the best way to get rid of the elm tree? — Paul The best way to get rid of the elm, if it isn’t too big, is to try to ...


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MAY 2014 Yard of the Month

By Staff

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