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You can grow PeeGee’s here, but they’ll be a little smaller

By Dennis Hill

I would like to know about the success of growing the PeeGee hydrangea in this part of Colorado. I have not seen any in yards in the five-plus years we have lived here. When is the best time to plant them? Do they need full sun or part shade? ...


Verticillium typically fatal when it comes to maple trees

By Dennis Hill

I’m sending you a photo of a maple tree that is located in Battlement Mesa and was planted almost 20 years ago. For many years it had red leaves, but the last two years, and especially this year, they are a lime green color. It was also ...


Ahh, the joys of homeownership

By Erin McIntyre

I think I finally understand why my husband hates home improvement. It’s the same reason I can’t stand that children’s book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” No offense to author Laura Numeroff, but it’s ...


Breaking Little Geri from brooding

By Erin McIntyre

Little Geri is on probation. Yes, she’s a chicken. But I have a very good reason. It all went down last week. For those of you who haven’t been following this grand backyard chicken farming experiment for the past year, let me ...


Yard of the Month returns for 2014

By Staff

Take a look around your neighborhood and make a nomination for Yard of the Month in 2014. Nominate a friend or neighbor’s yard or your own yard by completing and sending in this nomination form or a form downloaded at ...


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These wildflowers are worth hitting the road to see

By Dennis Hill

I’m always reminded of car trips this time of year, when the wildflowers begin their gorgeous displays. When I was a kid, we didn’t have a DVD player in the car to entertain us on the road. Heck, we didn’t even wear ...


Now’s not the time to move 
your perennial

By Dennis Hill

I’m a novice gardener and planted my “pre-planned garden” plants too close, and now they are overshadowing each other. Is there a way to safely transplant the plants (Jupiter’s beard, blue catmint and moonshine yarrow) ...


Amending dirt key for a healthy soil

By Erin McIntyre

It’s time you got the dirt on dirt. I mean, soil. The first rule about dirt is that gardeners call it “soil.” And achieving and maintaining a garden plot with beautiful soil is a never-ending project for most. This is my ...


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Family-owned seed-potato company thrives on flanks of Grand Mesa

By Erin McIntyre

AUSTIN — All this time, you probably thought you only had two, maybe three choices when potatoes were on the grocery list. Russets, reds or maybe even Yukon Golds, in five-pound bags. And that’s it. But the folks at Potato Garden ...


Send your old stuff to a new home

By Erin McIntyre

I’m desperately trying to un-stuff our house this year. We have too much stuff. Who doesn’t? In honor of Earth Day next week, I’m trying to find ways to reduce, re-use and recycle as much as possible during our spring ...


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