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JULY 2014 YARD OF THE MONTH

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, ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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