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Church hopes to spread word of its aquaponics project around world

By Staff

There’s that old saying about how if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for life. Somewhere in that idea, there must be room for a 175-gallon tank swimming with koi, goldfish ...


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Living treasure troves

By Rachel Sauer

Their very appearance makes bumblebees seem like the Winnie the Poohs of the garden, all plump and charming and delightfully ridiculous, always seeking the sweetest spots. On an evening not long ago, they found one inside a bubblegum-pink ...


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Iris farm displays array of color, variety

By Erin McIntyre

Irises are one of my guilty pleasures. I rarely dedicate garden space to a flower that (mostly) blooms only once per season, but irises are so spectacular that they’re worth it. For a short time, the iris is the statuesque queen of the ...


Pond algae can be controlled with four steps

By Dennis Hill

We have a small pond (about 100 gallons of water) in which we previously had goldfish and koi, but we have removed all the fish. We have a small circulating pump, but would like to put in some water plants, such as water lilies. In the past, ...


Yard of the Month program begins

By Staff

Yard of the Month, presented by the Grand Junction Forestry Board, The Daily Sentinel and city of Grand Junction, is back for 2012. Nominate a friend’s yard, a neighbor’s yard or your own yard by completing and sending in this ...


Cleaning products to get you into the spirit

By Erin McIntyre

I’ve been one of those people who actually enjoys cleaning for some time. Let me clarify that: I enjoy the outcome of cleaning. Sometimes I like the actual cleaning. Usually people grimace and look a bit uneasy when I confess this. ...


Homegrown: It’s not easy being a bulb

By Dennis Hill

We’ve lived in Grand Junction four summers having come here from a colder climate. Three falls ago, I planted literally hundreds of crocus, muscari, scilla, tulips, hyacinths and dwarf iris for my purple/blue flower garden. I added good ...


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West Life: Nothing tops a good seed swap with friends

By Erin McIntyre

I was 95 hours, four minutes and 41 seconds from losing this INCREDIBLE opportunity to purchase an Emergency Seed Bank I saw on Markdown.com. A collection of 38,000 non-hybrid seeds sealed in a water-resistant, military grade seed vault. I ...


Problem spot? Check your soil before planting

By Dennis Hill

I have a strip of dirt about 4 feet wide on the southeast side of my deck. Grass doesn’t do well there (I’ve replanted twice). The strip is shaded most of the day by plum and pecan trees, but gets two to three hours of blistering ...


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Now is perfect time to prep for summer gardening

By Rachel Sauer

In springtime, a gardener’s thoughts turn to tomatoes and cucumbers. Mmm… And crisp peas, tangy bell peppers and rows of green chiles. Plus, a rainbow of blossoms bursting from every flower bed. But before rushing outside to poke ...


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