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Peppers can be picked if they reach mature color

By Dennis Hill

This year we planted peppers in our garden, and I really don’t know how to tell when the best time to pick them would be. If it makes any difference, they are habaneros. — Susan Actually, with most peppers, you can pick them just ...



By Staff


Plan ahead next year to avoid leaf scorch

By Erin McIntyre

Sometimes diagnosing gardening problems requires foresight, hindsight and a little detective work. And though it might be hard to believe, a cause and effect can often be months or even years apart in the timeline of events in your ...

Raspberry crown borer can be hard to control

By Dennis Hill

My well-established raspberry patch seems to be dying. Leaves are turning brown and have not flowered to produce fruit. It seems like the whole cane is drying up and dying! The patch is watered heavily at least once per week from our ...



By Special to the Sentinel

For the month of July, the Grand Junction Forestry Board is happy to announce that Ben McKinstry is the Yard of the Month winner. McKinstry’s beautiful yard is at 731 Egret Circle. Out of all the yards that were nominated for July, ...


Household CSI ... What’s the pile of dust?

By Erin McIntyre

It all started with the mystery pile appearing and reappearing. Sometimes, being a homeowner is a little bit like having your own amateur version of a crime detective show. This week … on Household CSI ... the magically reappearing ...

I just can’t shake the urge to can

By Erin McIntyre

Hello, my name is Erin, and I’m addicted to stocking up. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem. I attribute most of my preservative tendencies to having a mother who wasted nothing, a grandmother who wasted even ...

Black vine weevils cause lilac damage

By Dennis Hill

My very old lilac bushes have just started to look like someone took pinking shears to the leaves, starting at the bottom and working to the top. My neighbor is experiencing the same thing. This is the first year in my yard, but it is the ...

Turn back water, turn back mushrooms

By Erin McIntyre

The fungus is among us. I saw the first ones this week, popping up in the lawn. I hardly ever see mushrooms unless I go up in the mountains in the summertime, but this time of year is the prime time for lawn mushrooms. It seems like they ...


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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