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By Erin McIntyre

PHOENIX — It seemed strange to have my head fill with rhyme without reason in the middle of this bizarre landscape. Staring at these whimsical, twisted and thorny plants triggered singsong couplets lodged deep in my gray matter, ...

Homegrown: Mulberry tree problems may fix themselves after a while

By Dennis Hill

I’m worried about my mulberry trees. The base on some of them is deformed. What can I do to help this? — Tim The deformity is evidence of some sort of wound heal. The good news is that it is healing. The bad news is that there ...

Molting in the wintertime is a waiting game

By Erin McIntyre

No one ever said chickens were particularly smart or practical. Case in point: It’s the middle of winter, temperatures are dipping down into the teens at night, and these birdbrains are molting. Yes, molting, as in losing all their ...

Poinsettia problems fixed with

By Dennis Hill

My 11-year-old poinsettia is sticky on both the leaves and branches. What is wrong with it, and how do I fix it? — Irene When a plant gets sticky leaves and stems (at least when it’s not supposed to be sticky), that is a pretty ...

Cutting cable can save money, lives

By Erin McIntyre

I don’t miss cable TV. We canceled ours years ago and let me tell you, this recent hubbub with a certain cable/Internet provider in Mesa County doesn’t make me sad that we stopped giving them tons of money. At the time, Bresnan ...

Planting in a pot is great, but winter is tough time

By Dennis Hill

I’ve heard that Hamelin dwarf fountain grass can be grown in containers. I would like to grow it on my balcony in a container 17 inches across, but can it stand direct summer sun in the afternoon? — Sally I think it would work ...

Ficus tree’s overgrowth can be cut back easily

By Dennis Hill

I have a ficus tree that I have had about four years. Even though we have vaulted ceilings, it is getting a bit out of hand. Can a ficus tree be pruned, and, if so, when is a good time? — Janice Pruning a ficus is really pretty easy. ...


Rise in ‘Eggses!’ prices will be worth it

By Erin McIntyre

“A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.” With apologies to “The Hobbit,” of course, the answer is “Eggses! Wet, crunchy little eggses!” as Gollum answers the riddle. Golden ...

Some palms can live here,
with TLC

By Dennis Hill

This might seem like a strange question, but do you sell Windmill Palms or Mediterranean Fan Palms? I noticed those were the two types that possibly, and that’s a big “if,” could grow here. I would like to attempt to grow ...

Counter appliances make way for Vitamix

By Erin McIntyre

Move over, Toaster, there’s a new appliance in the house. And I’m sorry, but you might just have to give up your counter space. Even though Hubby uses you at least five times a week, I’m thinking this new guy is going to be ...

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