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Homegrown: Organic vegetable garden, Part 1

By Dennis Hill

I’m thinking I’d like to start an organic vegetable garden in my backyard. What do I need to do? — Scott You’ve asked a pretty big question. There are a variety of different methods of organic gardening and it seems ...

Homegrown: Blueberries, hawthorne tree

By Dennis Hill

Are blueberries easy to grow in our area? Are there any soil amendments I need to be aware of before I make a decision to plant them? — Lois Blueberries are hard to grow here I’m afraid. They prefer cooler temperatures, high ...

Homegrown: Growing food in clay

By Dennis Hill

I am looking for any edible food that will grow in clay in Grand Junction. Any ideas? — Sharon You can plant just about anything you’d like. The important thing is that you work on amending the soil well before you ...

Homegrown: Sprinkler systems

By Dennis Hill

I had a sprinkler system installed and my lawn seeded, but in some places the grass is great and in other places it is in clumps, which makes for a very sorry-looking yard. What is the best way to remedy this situation? — Dan The ...

Homegrown: Pinyon pine, aspen tree saplings

By Dennis Hill

Our pinyon pine has a black pine needle scale for which I spray acephate annually. It was free of the pest all year until now. My question is: What should I do now? Is the scale still active on the warmer days? — Paul Pine needle ...


Sprouts bring spring to mind

By Penny Stine

I used to be an avid downhill skier. We bought a Powderhorn Resort family season pass for several years and were up on the slopes almost every weekend. Even though I didn’t learn to ski until I was in my 30s, I made myself learn how to ...

Homegrown: Tree wraps, Christmas cactus

By Dennis Hill

Why do I see some trees wrapped through the winter? Do I need to wrap mine? — Jeremy The tree wrap you’ve noticed is used to prevent what’s called winter sun scald on younger trees. Younger or thin-barked trees (such as ...

Homegrown: Taking care of amaryllis

By Dennis Hill

I have a beautiful amaryllis that I received this Christmas. How should I take care of this plant? I’ve heard that you can keep amaryllis from year to year. If so, should I transplant it into a bigger pot now or should I plant it out in ...

Organizing your kitchen is easier with a partner

By Annie Payne

It’s a little-known fact that I am a former college ballroom dance champion. I placed first in my school and third overall in the bronze division waltz of the bi-annual Ricks College Junior Open Invitational. My partner, an Idaho farm ...

Homegrown: Creeping Charlie, mulberry trees

By Dennis Hill

I purchased two creeping Charlie plants but am not sure how to care for them. Do they need any special care? — Yolanda Charlies are fairly easy to take care of, but there are a couple of things to remember. First, they prefer bright, ...

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