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Family dinners are something to be passionate about

By Annie Payne

While watching “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” I felt so inspired by his passion for helping people eat healthier that I vowed to feed my family more fruits and veggies. Apparently just in time, too. My husband, Secret ...


Homegrown: Your planting window for fall

By Dennis Hill

It will be at least two weeks before we can get some cool crops planted including cabbage, beans, lettuce, carrots and peas. Have we missed our planting window, and if so, when could we plant them later to get a fall crop? Are there any of the ...


Sustainability: The census

By Adele Israel

It’s time to stand up and “Be Counted” in a sustainable way. I’m talking about the 2010 U.S. Census and the importance of sending in your census form ASAP. I filled out my form in a mere five minutes. They really have ...


Homegrown: Ash trees, Lantana and yellow daisies

By Dennis Hill

When should I apply the Permethrin 38 to the ash trees to control borer?  What about the cherry and apricot trees? — Judd The time to spray for ash borer is about April 15–25. You want to thoroughly cover the bark of all the ...


Habitat delivers hope

Habitat delivers hope

By William Woody

Carlos Montoya along with his wife, Susette, and two daughters, Amiriza and Maleah, moved into their newly remodeled home off Park Avenue during a dedication by Habitat of Mesa County Saturday morning. (See related STORY.)  ...


Homegrown: Trimming an Austrian pine

By Dennis Hill

I have an Austrian pine and we trimmed the top to stimulate growth in the fall of 2008. It seemed to stimulate branching of the tree over the summer, but may have added an unsightly dense knot of growth. My husband then decided to trim off an ...


Homegrown: Weeping Norway spruce

By Dennis Hill

Hi. I love picea abies “pendula” or weeping Norway spruce. Will it do well in Fruita? Thanks. — Susan Weeping Norway spruce isn’t a particularly common plant here in western Colorado. There are a couple reasons for ...


Fast-growing shade trees

By Staff

I am looking for suggestions for a fast-growing shade tree. Have been reading about royal empress and the hybrid poplar, but welcome any ideas or suggestions. — Martha Probably the fastest-growing tree I can give you would be a hybrid ...


Nursery’s gardening classes begin Feb. 13

By Staff

Bookcliff Gardens Nursery & Greenhouse, 755 26 Road, will host classes from Feb. 13 through May 1, offering gardening advice and demonstrations. The class series will begin at 11 a.m. Feb. 13 with Gardening 101, which will be about ...


Homegrown: Goldfish in winter

By Dennis Hill

This is the first time we’ve had goldfish in our pond, and I’m not sure of the best way to treat them over the winter. I’m assuming we can’t just let the surface freeze over, but am not sure if we need a heater, or ...


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