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What to do
 for tomatoes’ blossom-end rot problem?

By Dennis Hill

For the past several gardening seasons, I have had an unusually high incidence of blossom end rot on my tomato vines. I realize this is a physiological problem, but are there certain tomato hybrids more resistant to blossom end rot? I have ...


As the world turns on ‘All my Chickens’

By Erin McIntyre

Welcome to the recap of “All my Chickens,” the real-life soap opera staged in my backyard. This season, we’ve seen a lot in the way of plot development, and we have a few new characters who have joined the show. For those of ...


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MAY YARD OF THE MONTH:

By Staff

When it comes to being connected 
to your food, you can’t be a chicken

By Erin McIntyre

I came home from a trip to find one of my favorite chickens not acting quite right. Kata, who is usually the friendliest of the flock and eagerly comes when I call her, had her head cocked at a bizarre angle and circled the apple tree like a ...


Dike could keep excess water from tree’s roots

By Dennis Hill

Seven years ago, we bought a flowering crabapple tree and planted it. Two sides of it are next to a farmer’s irrigated hay field. The ground around the tree has now settled, making a natural bowl 6–8 inches deep and maybe 8 feet in ...


Plants could be suffering from winter drought

By Dennis Hill

We are fairly new to the valley and are having a problem with some boxwoods we planted next to our house a couple years ago. Our home faces south but we have two globe willows that shade the area part of the afternoon. The boxwoods have some ...


Drip, June 13, 2015

By Special to the Sentinel

WATER TIP Conserve water in your garden — Mulch your gardens to keep the soil cool and retain moisture. Don’t water just because your vegetables are wilting. When roots are hot the plants are unable to take in moisture. Check ...


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Yard of the Month, June 13, 2015

By Special to the Sentinel

Leading off the 2015 Yard of the Month program is a yard featuring the creative touches of two artists. Martha and Roger McCoy’s yard at 694 Glen Caro Drive has been chosen at the May 2015 Yard of the Month. During the 12 years the ...


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Slugs taking over in Seattle-like weather

By Erin McIntyre

It’s nice to see what it’s like to garden in the Pacific Northwest. Lately, that’s what it has felt like in the Grand Valley, with all the rain we’ve received in the past month. On one hand, my nasturtiums are ...


Reflecting on May’s bounty of good food

By Dixie Burmeister

Schools out, JUCO is over, Memorial Day weekend ended too quickly and Monday was June 1. Summer’s here. Unofficially, of course, but there are those of us who say fall begins Sept. 1, winter on Dec. 1 and spring on March. No matter ...


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