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Breaking Little Geri from brooding

By Erin McIntyre

Little Geri is on probation. Yes, she’s a chicken. But I have a very good reason. It all went down last week. For those of you who haven’t been following this grand backyard chicken farming experiment for the past year, let me ...


Yard of the Month returns for 2014

By Staff

Take a look around your neighborhood and make a nomination for Yard of the Month in 2014. Nominate a friend or neighbor’s yard or your own yard by completing and sending in this nomination form or a form downloaded at ...


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These wildflowers are worth hitting the road to see

By Dennis Hill

I’m always reminded of car trips this time of year, when the wildflowers begin their gorgeous displays. When I was a kid, we didn’t have a DVD player in the car to entertain us on the road. Heck, we didn’t even wear ...


Now’s not the time to move 
your perennial

By Dennis Hill

I’m a novice gardener and planted my “pre-planned garden” plants too close, and now they are overshadowing each other. Is there a way to safely transplant the plants (Jupiter’s beard, blue catmint and moonshine yarrow) ...


Amending dirt key for a healthy soil

By Erin McIntyre

It’s time you got the dirt on dirt. I mean, soil. The first rule about dirt is that gardeners call it “soil.” And achieving and maintaining a garden plot with beautiful soil is a never-ending project for most. This is my ...


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Family-owned seed-potato company thrives on flanks of Grand Mesa

By Erin McIntyre

AUSTIN — All this time, you probably thought you only had two, maybe three choices when potatoes were on the grocery list. Russets, reds or maybe even Yukon Golds, in five-pound bags. And that’s it. But the folks at Potato Garden ...


Send your old stuff to a new home

By Erin McIntyre

I’m desperately trying to un-stuff our house this year. We have too much stuff. Who doesn’t? In honor of Earth Day next week, I’m trying to find ways to reduce, re-use and recycle as much as possible during our spring ...


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Purple mustard may be a weed, but it’s a sure sign of spring

By Erin McIntyre

Since I first collected bouquets of purple “flowers” with grubby little-kid fingers, I’ve had a place in my heart for this weed. The harbinger of spring, purple mustard, rings in the season with fields of lilac haze in open ...


It’s time to take the trash test

By Erin McIntyre

Ah, spring. Birds chirping, forsythia bursting into golden bloom, bright green willows leafing out, violent wind ripping shingles off the house, and ... spring cleaning. Where did spring cleaning originate? I suspect it came from a few ...


Options for seeing red all summer long in your yard

By Dennis Hill

I have a space that is shady most of the day where I would like to plant something that has red flowers all summer. Would any of the following work: “Jacob Cline” bee balm, cardinal flower, red columbine, red astilbe, Texas ...


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