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Considering varieties of tomatoes to grow

By Erin McIntyre

So, you’re shopping for seeds. Before you get too deep in this oohing and ahhing over the glossy photos in the seed catalogs, it might behoove you to consider something: Many catalogs will tell you which varieties are resistant to ...


Watering is key to a healthy Burr oak

By Dennis Hill

The seedling Burr oak we planted about seven years ago is now about 10–12 feet tall, but I’m not sure how best to continue caring for it. Water comes from the grass sprinkler system, and we have never run a hose to the tree. This ...


Lots to consider in ordering seeds

By Erin McIntyre

Welcome back to our seed- ordering survival tips. Last week, we talked about exercising some restraint and just taking time to enjoy those seed catalogs before committing financially to ordering. Today I want to address a question I get ...


Options for winterizing potted roses in the valley

By Dennis Hill

How do you winterize/care for potted roses? — Molly There are two issues in bringing a potted rose through the winter successfully: cold and water. Many roses can be a bit marginal for cold hardiness here to begin with, but ...


Heed these tips for starting out with seed catalogs

By Erin McIntyre

This is a public-service announcement to my fellow gardeners or potential gardeners. Especially those of you out there who are thinking of launching into this addictive, rewarding hobby, heed my words. If you haven’t already, ...


Are these products too good 
to be true?

By Dennis Hill

The label on Wilt-Pruf Anti-Transpirant Plant Protection basically infers that by spraying their product on trees and shrubs it will protect against winter kill, wind burn, drought and air pollution. It further states its protective covering ...


A few ideas for saving some cash in 2016

By Erin McIntyre

Now that Christmas is over, we can get back to our regularly scheduled programming. That’s kind of what it feels like, isn’t it? Back to life, back to reality. And for many folks, the post-holiday hangover is about making New ...


Watering redbud in winter is a good idea

By Dennis Hill

I have a redbud tree and believe that I need to water it over the winter, but am not sure how often or how much it will need. — Marcia Yes, you should plan on watering your Redbud through the winter. Redbud is one of three trees ...


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Christmas cacti makes timely appearance

By Erin McIntyre

It’s a Christmas miracle! My Christmas cactus actually bloomed this week, and that’s a rare occurrence. Apparently, the stars aligned and it got the message that maybe it should live up to its name. All year, my cactus quietly ...


Home looks better after you’ve been away

By Erin McIntyre

As Dorothy said, there’s no place like home. And there’s nothing like a vacation to make you realize that. One of my favorite things about traveling is coming home. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true. Appreciating my ...


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