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Homegrown: Tree wraps, Christmas cactus

By Dennis Hill

Why do I see some trees wrapped through the winter? Do I need to wrap mine? — Jeremy The tree wrap you’ve noticed is used to prevent what’s called winter sun scald on younger trees. Younger or thin-barked trees (such as ...


Homegrown: Taking care of amaryllis

By Dennis Hill

I have a beautiful amaryllis that I received this Christmas. How should I take care of this plant? I’ve heard that you can keep amaryllis from year to year. If so, should I transplant it into a bigger pot now or should I plant it out in ...


Organizing your kitchen is easier with a partner

By Annie Payne

It’s a little-known fact that I am a former college ballroom dance champion. I placed first in my school and third overall in the bronze division waltz of the bi-annual Ricks College Junior Open Invitational. My partner, an Idaho farm ...


Homegrown: Creeping Charlie, mulberry trees

By Dennis Hill

I purchased two creeping Charlie plants but am not sure how to care for them. Do they need any special care? — Yolanda Charlies are fairly easy to take care of, but there are a couple of things to remember. First, they prefer bright, ...


Homegrown: Pampas, willow clippings

By Dennis Hill

I would like to know how to care for my hardy pampas and dwarf pampas grass for the winter. Also, can the “feathers” be used for decoration in the home? — Jean Taking care of any ornamental grass is pretty easy. The ...


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Gifts for divas and diggers

By Annie Payne

One of my greatest pleasures is to recommend something that I love, and have the “recommendee” love it, too. Allow me to recommend this gift guide for the “Homie” (Home and Garden enthusiast) in your life. I have ...


Homegrown: Planting evergreens

By Dennis Hill

I would like to buy an evergreen tree for Christmas that I can plant later.  I’ve heard different things about different trees, such as they may not survive until spring (to plant outside) or that you can’t keep them inside or ...


Homegrown: Ash tree disease

By Dennis Hill

I’m wondering if I should I invest in an ash tree with the ash tree disease I have read about? What can you tell me about them? — Thank you, Laura I think maybe what you’ve heard about is actually an insect called an ...


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Annie Payne: The more the merrier

By Annie Payne

A year ago I wrote a story titled, “What does your Christmas tree say about you?” The column brought me instant fame and glory ... in Manitoba, Canada. It also acquainted me with Darrell Jones here in the Grand Valley. He sent me ...


Homegrown: Schefflera plants, mugo pines

By Dennis Hill

I have a schefflera houseplant that has been growing in low light and has only a few branches that are stretched out. I would prefer to have a fuller-looking plant. I have read that you can prune the plant back to encourage new growth at the ...


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