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It may be best to let webworms weave away

By Staff

We’ve been inundated by bag worms on our cottonwoods, apple trees and aspens. (They apparently don’t care for the Russian olives that are prevalent out here.) I’ve sprayed but with little result, and frankly, I don’t ...

Four multicolored winter squash in different shapes

Winter squash are gorgeous edible decorations

By Erin McIntyre

Oh, glorious squash. Indeed, fall is here when I see bins of winter squash adorning the grocery store entryways. I’ve learned to love winter squash in my adult years by growing it, roasting it and pureeing it into soups, though as a ...

Controlling roly-polys is not easy task

By Dennis Hill

I have a situation in my garden that I’m sure is common to many other gardeners. At the end of the growing season and the beginning of the next season, I add grass clippings and leaves in the garden and till the organic material in. ...

Celebrate the last bit of color in bloom

By Erin McIntyre

Keeping flowers of some kind blooming all season long is one of the challenges gardeners face. Believe it or not, now is the time to look around and take note of the last ones standing — look for the final bursts of color and pollen of ...

Fungal leaf spot a cause for thinning

By Dennis Hill

Help! My sorrel plants suddenly have pinkish circles on their leaves, and I’m not sure what’s happening or what I need to do. I’m hoping to be able to save them and not use any chemicals. — Becky (from Florida) It ...

Why did the chickens go on strike?

By Erin McIntyre

It never fails. Right about the time the lawn turns crunchy with frost in the mornings and the leaves drop from the trees, it looks like someone had a pillow fight in the chicken compound. The hens lose their feathers, one by one, during ...

Spring the best time to prune trees and shrubs

By Dennis Hill

When is the best time to prune golden vicary privet and bridal wreath spirea? Is it OK to prune them now? — Mary To be honest, the “proper” time to prune isn’t all that important. There are some advantages and some ...

Work on fall to-do list before it’s too late

By Erin McIntyre

Some folks think raking leaves and winterizing their sprinkler systems are the only fall garden chores. Oh, but there’s so much more to do this time of year. Performing a few tasks before the killing frosts set in can save you a heap ...

Ornamental grass should be cut sooner

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 main ...


End-of-year sampling crowns best of tomato crop

By Erin McIntyre

All good things must come to an end. And sadly, that includes sandwiches made of homegrown tomatoes. I’m a sucker for tomato sandwiches, the only vehicle for mayonnaise I will allow to enter my gastrointestinal system. They’re ...

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