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Waiting to discover Little Jerry’s gender

By Erin McIntyre

I   think I might understand the whole “is it a boy or a girl?” hype now. For the past eight weeks, the suspense over whether our chickens are male or female has led to wild speculation. I never thought we would spend so ...


Shallow roots, and ideas for covering them

By Dennis Hill

We have some mature cottonless cottonwood trees that are beautiful, providing great shade but their roots are on the top of the lawn. So I have these huge woody roots all over my yard, not allowing me to mow. This started a couple years ago. ...


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Grow Another Row helps spread wealth

By Erin McIntyre

Believe it or not, someone wants those zucchini you can’t persuade your neighbors to take anymore. An organization called Grow Another Row, started by a Grand Valley woman, is happy to arrange for your zucchini to find its way to a ...


Sucker from rootstock can be cut from Austrian rose

By Dennis Hill

I have an Austrian copper rose bush and this year a long branch came out from it that is red, like a Paul scarlet climber. Is it possible that this was a grafted rose and this was its original rose? This is not a complaint; it is very pretty. ...


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July Yard of the Month, 2013

By Special to the Sentinel

The July winners for the Yard of the Month are Butch and Peggy Shaw, who live at 481 Escondido, on the Redlands. Peggy is an avid gardener and has been involved in the CSU Master Gardener Program since 2002. Peggy works at a local garden ...


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Weird color likely means Cistena plum is lacking iron

By Dennis Hill

I have several cistena plum bushes next to our patio that are not doing well. The leaves are yellow-purple with small holes in them. I’ve checked down at the base of the plant and it looks fine. I nicked the bark and it’s nice and ...


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It’s a dog-eat-chicken world

By Erin McIntyre

And then, there were five. Just like that, we had our first chicken casualty. It was bound to happen sooner or later, considering we live in a neighborhood with coyotes, skunks, raccoons and a visiting mountain lion. Surprisingly, it was our ...


Spraying can kill Pinyon twig beetle

By Dennis Hill

Help! We have a pinyon pine that was planted 10–12 years ago. The bottom part turned brown a couple of years ago. We thought it might have been the ips beetle and aggressively sprayed for that, which seemed to keep the brown to the ...


Water excess can be catastrophic to plants

By Erin McIntyre

The fungus is among us, people. And I gotta tell you, it freaks me out to see all this destruction caused by over-watering in the desert. I had a friend who moved here from the Northwest once tell me, “I don’t think you can ever ...


Too much water brings slugs, tomato woes

By Erin McIntyre

When I don’t pay attention to my garden, that’s when weird problems start to take over. This is why I have a love-hate relationship with the automatic drip watering system at my community garden plot. I don’t have to water ...


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