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Water tip, Sept. 14, 2013

By Special to the Sentinel

WATER TIP Are You Planning A New Appliance Purchase? — Consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They are more water and energy efficient. Remember to match your load with the chosen load size adjustment. Use only what ...

Cytospora and how it can affect aspen trees

By Dennis Hill

Something is wrong with our aspen trees. The bark is cracking, some of the leaves have this weird curling thing happening, and there are some round spots with an orange outline in the bark in one area. I’m not sure what’s going on ...


Genetics of good seeds

By Erin McIntyre

Long before seed companies existed, gardeners collected seeds from their best-performing plants to start next year’s garden. Now, it’s convenient to just purchase seeds and plants each year, but there are still good reasons to ...



By Erin McIntyre

Some of the most productive plants in my garden are ones I didn’t even plant. OK, sure, the weeds are embarrassingly prolific as well, but I’m talking about flowers, fruits and vegetables that magically appeared and seemed to ...

How to get that pesky fungus out of the lawn

By Dennis Hill

I was wondering if you could tell me how do we get rid of fungus in our grass? — Linda The first thing is to make doubly sure that it is a fungal disease troubling your lawn. Though most of the problems in lawns we’re seeing now ...


The mystique of mouse melons

By Erin McIntyre

There’s no denying that tiny food is adorable. A thimbleful of little berries is cute. Diminutive baby vegetables sport hefty price tags in specialty grocery stores. Why? Because tiny food is irresistible. Yes, gigantic fruits and ...

What to do about white pine weevil

By Dennis Hill

Our blue spruce is about 7 feet tall, well-established and was very healthy until about a week ago. It shot up about a foot this year and has several new branches all over. The top branches drooped about a week ago followed by the branches ...


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. ...


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 ...

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