Home and Garden

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Source of the problem key to figuring out solution

By Dennis Hill

A few years ago, I had a sprinkler system installed and my lawn seeded. In some places the grass is great and in other places it is in clumps, which makes for a bumpy and sorry-looking yard. What is the best way to remedy this ...


Get rid of garden problems before they grow

By Erin McIntyre

When July arrives, my garden reaches a crossroads. If things have gone well and I’ve kept on top of maintenance, after the intense furnace-blast heat dies down a little, the garden is gorgeous. If I’ve neglected tasks or planned ...

Best way to get rid of grass is with a herbicide

By Dennis Hill

I have a 15-foot by 30-foot area of grass I would like to convert into a vegetable garden next season. What is a safe and effective way to get rid of all that grass? Is rototilling that whole area a time or two this fall likely to get that ...

What to do
 for tomatoes’ blossom-end rot problem?

By Dennis Hill

For the past several gardening seasons, I have had an unusually high incidence of blossom end rot on my tomato vines. I realize this is a physiological problem, but are there certain tomato hybrids more resistant to blossom end rot? I have ...

As the world turns on ‘All my Chickens’

By Erin McIntyre

Welcome to the recap of “All my Chickens,” the real-life soap opera staged in my backyard. This season, we’ve seen a lot in the way of plot development, and we have a few new characters who have joined the show. For those of ...



By Staff

When it comes to being connected 
to your food, you can’t be a chicken

By Erin McIntyre

I came home from a trip to find one of my favorite chickens not acting quite right. Kata, who is usually the friendliest of the flock and eagerly comes when I call her, had her head cocked at a bizarre angle and circled the apple tree like a ...

Dike could keep excess water from tree’s roots

By Dennis Hill

Seven years ago, we bought a flowering crabapple tree and planted it. Two sides of it are next to a farmer’s irrigated hay field. The ground around the tree has now settled, making a natural bowl 6–8 inches deep and maybe 8 feet in ...

Plants could be suffering from winter drought

By Dennis Hill

We are fairly new to the valley and are having a problem with some boxwoods we planted next to our house a couple years ago. Our home faces south but we have two globe willows that shade the area part of the afternoon. The boxwoods have some ...

Drip, June 13, 2015

By Special to the Sentinel

WATER TIP Conserve water in your garden — Mulch your gardens to keep the soil cool and retain moisture. Don’t water just because your vegetables are wilting. When roots are hot the plants are unable to take in moisture. Check ...

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