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Old bulbs: plant them when the ice melts

By Dennis Hill

I just “found” some bulbs I had forgotten about. Can I plant them now? — Pauline First, check your bulbs to be sure they are OK. They should be firm. If they’re soft, mushy or dried out, throw them away. If they are ...

Chickens actually do OK in the cold

By Erin McIntyre

This winter has taught me that chickens are hardier than I thought and they aren’t as birdbrained as I imagined. The first time I really worried about them freezing was after the snowstorm and brutal cold spell between Thanksgiving and ...

Be smarter than your vacuum cleaner

By Erin McIntyre

I owe my vacuum cleaner an apology. Seriously, it’s just embarrassing. That poor Dyson. It just kept trying to do its best, sucking up all the hair and crumbs until it barely worked anymore. The vacuum cleaner didn’t suck. I ...

Seeds! Something to look forward to in winter

By Erin McIntyre

There’s not much for gardeners to do this time of year except dream and scheme for what is to come and imagine what the landscape would look like if it wasn’t frozen and buried under inches of dried-out sugar snow. Until ... the ...

Waiting on the brunt of the witch egg

By Erin McIntyre

Little did I know that the world of urban chicken farming would bring such surprise and superstition. It seems that chicken behavior and, well, anything associated with chickens has provided fodder for strange beliefs for as long as people ...


Hawaiian islands transformed over time by a queen

By Erin McIntyre

In the valley between the Pacific Ocean and the Lawa’i Valley cliffs, on Kauai’s south shore, lies a garden treasure. This magical place is an ethereal jungle, carefully designed to be what one man’s dreams were made ...

Sometimes it’s OK to trim back juniper in the winter

By Dennis Hill

Happy new year! The thing I’d like to know is if there is a time of year or season that is best for trimming or cutting back mature juniper evergreens? I have some mature (20-plus years) mint julep shrubs and Spartan uprights. Also, is ...


Lemon tree a fun way to shake shiver

By Erin McIntyre

Now that Christmas is over, I’m ready for spring. Despite the fact that winter “officially” started only a week ago, I’m totally over it already. We garden people are hankering for something green and lush, something ...

What to do with cracks in crabapple

By Dennis Hill

We have a Prairiefire crabapple tree that has severe splitting in almost all of the major branches. There is some evidence of old bark splits that have healed over that we did not notice until recently. The tree seemed to be slow leafing out ...


O, Christmas Tree

By Erin McIntyre

The last time I helped pick out a fresh Christmas tree, I was about 7 years old. I remember it being cold, ridiculous and a lot of work. My dad took us out somewhere on Douglas Pass, in the middle of nowhere to pick out the perfect tree. It ...

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