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Homegrown: Pre-emergent selection must meet garden needs

By Dennis Hill

Can you recommend a pre-emergent for weed control for a vegetable garden? When is the best time to apply it? — Karen I have a couple of choices for pre-emergent you can use in a vegetable garden. There aren’t many because almost ...

West Life: Brief spring weather triggers weed anxiety

By Erin McIntyre

The nightmares already have started. The weed nightmares. Yes, I know that it snowed this week and it only felt like spring for one day, but something triggered my weed anxiety. Maybe it was an entire day of studying pest management in a ...

Hoemgrown: Grow an apple tree from seed

By Dennis Hill

If I am growing an apple tree from seed, should I start it outside or inside in a pot? If inside in a pot, when should I put it outside? The first year, do I remove all of the apples, or just thin them out? — Mitchell For the seed to ...


West Life: Only a few weeks away from starting seeds

By Erin McIntyre

My green thumb is getting so itchy that I’m about to go out and buy a Chia pet, just to see something fresh and spring-like in my house. Some of my friends have already planted seeds in little trays, they’re so starved for ...

Homegrown: What bushes would be good as a fence?

By Dennis Hill

I have an area that is 56 feet long that needs bushes. It is in partial shade and I’m doing bushes rather than a fence to separate a gravel area from the lawn. I’m looking for something that could be kept to around 3 feet by 3 ...

West life: A place in the closet

By Erin McIntyre

This time of year, when it’s not quite time for spring cleaning, and it’s not warm enough to leave the front door open, I start to get a little itchy for order in the house. We all have spots in our houses that tend to gather ...

Homegrown: Dry winter? Trees may need water

By Dennis Hill

I have read that one should water trees in the winter. In Rangely, it is very dry and we have had about zero snow this winter at present time. I have trees located on the north side of my house that cannot be easily watered as the ground is ...


ZOO OF PLUSH PATTERNS: Clifton woman finds success with ‘Snuggables’

By Rachel Sauer

A visit to Sonja Kent’s Clifton studio requires a lot of self-restraint. This is because the impulse isn’t to walk inside so much as take a running leap. You want to take a running leap and land on the day bed that’s piled ...

Mice, drought, or beetles may harm junipers

By Dennis Hill

I have some Tams Junipers about 30 years old that have various branches that die every year. Is this normal and can I do anything about it? — Paul There are several possibilities. One of the more unusual causes for this is damage to ...

Seed catalogs help this gardener through winter

By Erin McIntyre

Hello. My name is Erin and I’m a seed-catalog addict. You might as well know now, if we’re going to have any sort of meaningful relationship. Acknowledging the problem is the first step. In the gloomiest time of year, when my ...

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