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Plant catalogs help you map out your garden

By Erin McIntyre

Dew-dropped, undulating shapes beckoned to me from the glossy pages. Jewel-toned silhouettes bulged with juiciness, begging to be touched, tasted and smelled. Staring at these ripe, sumptuous orbs coaxed my mouth to water a little bit in ...


Yes, you can grow in this clay soil area

By Dennis Hill

I’ve recently moved to the Western Slope (Montrose) and am wondering if I can start a vegetable garden in this clay soil. How do I start and what should I plant? — Matt Welcome to the Western Slope! Unfortunately, clay soil is a ...


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DESERT DREAMLAND

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. ...


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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 ...


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