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It’s a great time to get growing season started with hardy vegetables

By Erin McIntyre

The wait is over. Spring is nearly here (officially) and it’s the perfect time to plant hardy vegetables that prefer cooler temperatures. My general rule is that when the tulips emerge, the crocuses bloom, the garlic is a few inches ...

Not all mildew is created equal

By Dennis Hill

My neighbor behind our house has many mature shrubs and bushes which have mildew in the late summer and fall. Now I notice that a few of my shrubs that border her yard are getting a little bit of mildew during the growing season. I don’t ...

Time to plant cool-season vegetables

By Dennis Hill

We’re new to the valley. When do we plant our vegetable garden around here? — Scott The answer is “it depends!” I divide vegetables into two groups: cool-season plants and warm-season plants. The cool-season plants ...

Green Garden Hose

Watering in winter

By Erin McIntyre

The last thing you are probably thinking about is dragging out a hose and watering your yard. It’s still winter, even though the crocuses are starting to peek out of the soil, and there is no water in the irrigation system. Water now? ...

Duration of cold — not temp itself — key to plants

By Dennis Hill

If we use a cold frame, what is the lowest temperature that we could place our over-wintering geraniums, lantana, etc. outside? — Tom Lantana will generally be more cold hardy than geraniums, and within lantana, some varieties will ...

Seedlings growing in peat moss pots

Possibilities are endless, but success takes a little work

By Erin McIntyre

If you think about it, seeds are amazing things. Seeds allow plants a chance to spread, to delay emergence if the conditions aren’t right, and allow humans to save them for the perfect plot, miles away from their point of ...

Scotch broom plant should recover fine from the snow

By Dennis Hill

I have three scotch broom plants that are about four years old, growing nicely. One is the moonbeam, which is so beautiful when it blooms. I’ve never trimmed them and didn’t think I should, but the snow has made them look pretty ...


Mushrooms spring to life in Colona

By Erin McIntyre

COLONA — In the shadow of the San Juans, near the Cimarron Mountains lies a secret, one that won’t be kept for long because it’s growing so fast. At nearly 7,000 feet in elevation, despite the snow- drifts and harsh wind, a ...

Make sure dwarf mistletoe doesn’t kiss tree goodbye

By Dennis Hill

Love your column! The other day my husband and I noticed some mistletoe-looking stuff on our pinyon. Very unattractive stuff — did not inspire any kissing. I know it’s not mistletoe because it’s too dry here, but it was that ...

Pruning pines takes patience

By Dennis Hill

I have a 5-foot Austrian pine in my front yard. When we first moved in, a landscape consultant told us we could trim the top with shears to stimulate growth, so I did that. It stimulated branching of the tree over the summer, but may have ...

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