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The mystique of mouse melons

By Erin McIntyre

There’s no denying that tiny food is adorable. A thimbleful of little berries is cute. Diminutive baby vegetables sport hefty price tags in specialty grocery stores. Why? Because tiny food is irresistible. Yes, gigantic fruits and ...

What to do about white pine weevil

By Dennis Hill

Our blue spruce is about 7 feet tall, well-established and was very healthy until about a week ago. It shot up about a foot this year and has several new branches all over. The top branches drooped about a week ago followed by the branches ...


Waiting to discover Little Jerry’s gender

By Erin McIntyre

I   think I might understand the whole “is it a boy or a girl?” hype now. For the past eight weeks, the suspense over whether our chickens are male or female has led to wild speculation. I never thought we would spend so ...

Shallow roots, and ideas for covering them

By Dennis Hill

We have some mature cottonless cottonwood trees that are beautiful, providing great shade but their roots are on the top of the lawn. So I have these huge woody roots all over my yard, not allowing me to mow. This started a couple years ago. ...


Grow Another Row helps spread wealth

By Erin McIntyre

Believe it or not, someone wants those zucchini you can’t persuade your neighbors to take anymore. An organization called Grow Another Row, started by a Grand Valley woman, is happy to arrange for your zucchini to find its way to a ...

Sucker from rootstock can be cut from Austrian rose

By Dennis Hill

I have an Austrian copper rose bush and this year a long branch came out from it that is red, like a Paul scarlet climber. Is it possible that this was a grafted rose and this was its original rose? This is not a complaint; it is very pretty. ...


July Yard of the Month, 2013

By Special to the Sentinel

The July winners for the Yard of the Month are Butch and Peggy Shaw, who live at 481 Escondido, on the Redlands. Peggy is an avid gardener and has been involved in the CSU Master Gardener Program since 2002. Peggy works at a local garden ...


Weird color likely means Cistena plum is lacking iron

By Dennis Hill

I have several cistena plum bushes next to our patio that are not doing well. The leaves are yellow-purple with small holes in them. I’ve checked down at the base of the plant and it looks fine. I nicked the bark and it’s nice and ...


It’s a dog-eat-chicken world

By Erin McIntyre

And then, there were five. Just like that, we had our first chicken casualty. It was bound to happen sooner or later, considering we live in a neighborhood with coyotes, skunks, raccoons and a visiting mountain lion. Surprisingly, it was our ...

Spraying can kill Pinyon twig beetle

By Dennis Hill

Help! We have a pinyon pine that was planted 10–12 years ago. The bottom part turned brown a couple of years ago. We thought it might have been the ips beetle and aggressively sprayed for that, which seemed to keep the brown to the ...

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