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Mother Nature has my irises confused

By Erin McIntyre

I guess my irises didn’t get the memo. Winter is here, and some of them are trying to bloom. The unusually warm, wet weather we had in the Grand Valley has led some of my landscaping to think it’s another time of year, and it ...


It’s not when you prune, but how you prune plants

By Dennis Hill

When is the best time to prune golden vicary privet and bridal wreath spirea? The privets are on the south side of the house and have had a rough summer the past couple of years. We have given them a little extra water. The bridal wreath look ...


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With help from PVC, no more pigsty

By Erin McIntyre

Chickens are pigs. I’m honestly confused as to which barnyard animal we have been raising around here. The Chicken Five have already trashed their new Poulet Chalet. I mean, they’ve really made themselves at home. And I just do ...


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Attack of the green tomatoes

By Erin McIntyre

There’s something sad about collecting all the green orbs of unripe tomatoes from the withered vines every fall. But my penchant for avoiding waste drives me to salvage anything that could possibly be eaten. There are all kinds of ...


Rototilling, getting your garden ready for next year

By Dennis Hill

In spite of some bumps in the road earlier this year with my garden, it really came on like gang busters in August and September. I’m sort of sad to see it go for the year. What should I be doing now to get ready for next ...


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Despite Hubby’s quips, new chicken home ‘worth every penny’

By Erin McIntyre

The chickens moved into a new abode this week, and I think my excitement about the spiffy digs surpasses theirs by light years. See, their little birdbrains just can’t process the awesomeness of their new house. I don’t think ...


Cover crops can be good for a garden

By Dennis Hill

I’ve heard about something called a cover crop for the vegetable garden. I don’t know what that is. Could you tell me about them? — Walt Cover crops are an old, well-known way of building up the soil of your garden ...


What to do when fruit flies invade home

By Erin McIntyre

Making homemade chile ristras and hanging them over the sink to dry seemed like a good idea at the time. But when I accidentally nudged one of the strings of peppers and a cloud of flies drifted across the kitchen, I realized I’d ...


Armillaria root rot is deadly, but not all is lost

By Dennis Hill

My quaking aspen trees have a fungus/mold that a CSU Extension agent told us was Armillaria Root Rot in the ground and it is killing all plants around the trees. What do I use to get rid of it? — Deb from Colorado Springs Well, ...


End of the garden offers time for reflection, prep

By Erin McIntyre

It’s time to mourn the end of the garden. This week, I was surprised to head out to pick a few of the last tomatoes and find my zucchini drooping from frostbite, my basil scorched black and withering from a cold snap. So soon? It never ...


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