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June Yard of the Month

By Special to the Sentinel

Wayne and Susie Shelleman located at 1539 Sherwood Drive are the Yard of the Month winners for June. Susie loves flowers and finds gardening a nurturing way to relieve stress. Working in her yard makes her happy; their yard contains a variety ...



By Erin McIntyre

Honestly, I probably shouldn’t be allowed to take care of another living thing after the 
Worm Disaster of 2013. But I’ve been trying to convince hubby for years that backyard chickens are a good idea, and he finally caved. ...

Reasons a tomato plant might fail to bear fruit

By Dennis Hill

I have tomato plants on an enclosed porch that have lots of blossoms but no tomatoes. They look like good healthy plants, growing very well; one is almost 5 feet tall. Am I doing something wrong? Help! — Margaret   There are a ...



By Erin McIntyre

If you’ve wondered what the fuss is about growing lavender in western Colorado, you probably haven’t had the chance to stand in the middle of a lavender field in full bloom. I’ve never seen so many bees before, buzzing from ...

Locust borer can be a real problem for shade trees

By Dennis Hill

When we moved in five years ago, a purple robe locust tree sat in the corner of our fenced-in area and seemed to thrive. This area can sometimes be on the dry side but I have always made sure to add water if the grass under the tree looked ...

Caution: Worms were harmed 
before I wrote this column

By Erin McIntyre

I have a small confession. I had worms. No, not that kind of worms. I had the kind of worms that you use to compost dead stuff and they create beautiful fertilizer from all those carrot peels and egg shells. Tending a small worm farm is a ...


Garden of giving

By Erin McIntyre

In an empty grass field behind a church, they built a garden. And they planted seeds. But these were no ordinary seeds. Sure, there were seeds for peas and lettuce and beans. And the vegetables grew, and the garden flourished. But the ...

Pale, spindly growth can mean too much water

By Dennis Hill

Some of my tea roses have kind of lime green leaves and really spindly growth. Could it be from too much water? I had some problem with drip lines that weren’t closing properly. — Doris You didn’t mention how old your ...


Garden yields more than herbs, veggies for disabled students

By Erin McIntyre

Near the corner of 29 Road and North Avenue, a garden grows. It’s a garden that grows more than vegetables and herbs and flowers. It grows relationships, skills and independence for disabled young adults. This spring, participants in ...

Damage, disease possibilities in problems with cottonwood tree

By Dennis Hill

We have a 4-year-old cottonwood that is about 20 feet tall. It has done very well in the past, but not this spring. There are some new leaves near the bottom, but it looks dead the rest of the way up. We did give it some water during the ...

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