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Seedlings growing in peat moss pots

Possibilities are endless, but success takes a little work

By Erin McIntyre

If you think about it, seeds are amazing things. Seeds allow plants a chance to spread, to delay emergence if the conditions aren’t right, and allow humans to save them for the perfect plot, miles away from their point of ...


Scotch broom plant should recover fine from the snow

By Dennis Hill

I have three scotch broom plants that are about four years old, growing nicely. One is the moonbeam, which is so beautiful when it blooms. I’ve never trimmed them and didn’t think I should, but the snow has made them look pretty ...


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Mushrooms spring to life in Colona

By Erin McIntyre

COLONA — In the shadow of the San Juans, near the Cimarron Mountains lies a secret, one that won’t be kept for long because it’s growing so fast. At nearly 7,000 feet in elevation, despite the snow- drifts and harsh wind, a ...


Make sure dwarf mistletoe doesn’t kiss tree goodbye

By Dennis Hill

Love your column! The other day my husband and I noticed some mistletoe-looking stuff on our pinyon. Very unattractive stuff — did not inspire any kissing. I know it’s not mistletoe because it’s too dry here, but it was that ...


Pruning pines takes patience

By Dennis Hill

I have a 5-foot Austrian pine in my front yard. When we first moved in, a landscape consultant told us we could trim the top with shears to stimulate growth, so I did that. It stimulated branching of the tree over the summer, but may have ...


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Winter isn’t for everyone, especially Little Geri

By Erin McIntyre

Winter is a challenging time for chickens, who generally despise snow. I seem to have a particularly fraidy-chicken bunch in my backyard. The following montage provides you with the highlights of a snow-blanketed morning in the chicken ...


Don’t plant tree too close to the garden

By Dennis Hill

I have a 12-foot by 12-foot space next to my vegetable garden that might be suitable for a tree that would offer shade. A smaller flower garden with a fence borders the other side of this space. I would like advice on a type of tree that might ...


Honeysuckle, trumpet vine will thrive
 in our area

By Dennis Hill

I want to plant a climbing fragrant vine. The area receives morning sun until noon, then it is shaded. Would a star jasmine work well there? Could I get one locally? — Donna I’m afraid star jasmine won’t work for us ...


Warming, cooling may be cause of tree splitting

By Dennis Hill

We have a prairie fire crabapple tree that has very severe splitting in almost all of the major branches. There is some evidence of old bark splits that have healed over that we did not notice until recently. The tree seemed to be slow leafing ...


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Dead delicacy

By Erin McIntyre

Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to get that fire hazard out of your living room. I’m talking about the dried-up tree with tinsel and ornaments hanging from the branches and browning needles raining down on the floor. Sure, ...


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