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Attack of the green tomatoes

By Erin McIntyre

There’s something sad about collecting all the green orbs of unripe tomatoes from the withered vines every fall. But my penchant for avoiding waste drives me to salvage anything that could possibly be eaten. There are all kinds of ...


Rototilling, getting your garden ready for next year

By Dennis Hill

In spite of some bumps in the road earlier this year with my garden, it really came on like gang busters in August and September. I’m sort of sad to see it go for the year. What should I be doing now to get ready for next ...


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Despite Hubby’s quips, new chicken home ‘worth every penny’

By Erin McIntyre

The chickens moved into a new abode this week, and I think my excitement about the spiffy digs surpasses theirs by light years. See, their little birdbrains just can’t process the awesomeness of their new house. I don’t think ...


Cover crops can be good for a garden

By Dennis Hill

I’ve heard about something called a cover crop for the vegetable garden. I don’t know what that is. Could you tell me about them? — Walt Cover crops are an old, well-known way of building up the soil of your garden ...


What to do when fruit flies invade home

By Erin McIntyre

Making homemade chile ristras and hanging them over the sink to dry seemed like a good idea at the time. But when I accidentally nudged one of the strings of peppers and a cloud of flies drifted across the kitchen, I realized I’d ...


Armillaria root rot is deadly, but not all is lost

By Dennis Hill

My quaking aspen trees have a fungus/mold that a CSU Extension agent told us was Armillaria Root Rot in the ground and it is killing all plants around the trees. What do I use to get rid of it? — Deb from Colorado Springs Well, ...


End of the garden offers time for reflection, prep

By Erin McIntyre

It’s time to mourn the end of the garden. This week, I was surprised to head out to pick a few of the last tomatoes and find my zucchini drooping from frostbite, my basil scorched black and withering from a cold snap. So soon? It never ...


It’s time to scale back water time and fertilize

By Dennis Hill

You’ve mentioned about a new way of fertilizing the lawn in the fall. Could you tell me something about it? Also, how should I be watering the lawn right now? — Lottie Let’s talk about watering first. As fall comes on and ...


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SEPTEMBER YARD OF THE MONTH

By Special to the Sentinel

The September 2014 winners for Yard of the Month are Ted and Linda Koeman, who live at 856 S. Haven Crest Court, on the north side of Grand Junction. Ted is the caretaking of this beautiful xeric yard and has worked on it for the past 10 ...


Fertilizing in the fall, and using weed, feeds

By Dennis Hill

Is there a preferred weed and feed mix for the soil in this area? Our newer grass is mostly blue grass. — Ken To be honest with you, I’m not all that big of a fan of weed and feed type fertilizers. Weed and feeds are attractive ...


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