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Homegrown: Shasta daisies

By Dennis Hill

Two years ago, I put out 97 Shasta daisies along my drive. The first year I lost about 30, replaced them and last winter lost all of the replacements, including some of the established plants. The bed is bordered on the south by a three-rail ...

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End of the world, or not, there will be canned jam

By Rachel Sauer

I read a lot of novels about the end of the world. I’m not sure why, because I wallow in a paranoid funk for days afterward, but these books have their uses. After I read “Lucifer’s Hammer” the first time, I bought a ...

Homegrown: Petunias, rose shrubs

By Dennis Hill

I have some petunias that I kept indoors over the winter. They have developed a cream-colored, almost sandy-feeling substance on them. What is it and what should I do? — Michelle I’m not sure what’s going on with your ...

Homegrown: Globe willow cracks

By Dennis Hill

I have noticed a large crack running most of the way down the trunk of our globe willow. It became very obvious when the wind was blowing and a large portion of the trunk was moving. Can this tree be treated and saved?  — Thanks, ...

Homegrown: Desert landscaping, prickly pear cactus

By Dennis Hill

I have desert landscaping, mostly river rock, with several small cactus gardens. My question is what product can I use for weeds in the cactus that will kill weeds only and not hurt the cactus? — Thank you, Shirley I’m afraid I ...

Homegrown: Feral cats

By Dennis Hill

I live between two or three people who feed and water feral cats. We are in a rural area, so the cats have lots of hiding places and seem to prefer under my front porch. I have a small flower garden plot where I lose almost every plant I put ...

Homegrown: Squash bugs

By Dennis Hill

Each year I plant summer squash and the bugs get at least one or two plants in spite of my spraying and dusting. Please give me some ideas how to control them better. — Dick What I’ve found to be the most effective approach to ...

Homegrown: Efficient sprinklers, aspen trees

By Dennis Hill

I have the largest water bill in the summer and need some help. Can you tell me which type of sprinkler is the most water efficient and does the best job? A lot of what I am reading about mentions that pulsating ones are good (like the parks ...

Homegrown: Emerald queen maples, broadleaf removal

By Dennis Hill

I have three emerald queen maples planted in a lawn now for three years. One of them showed signs of iron problems last year. Should I be adding iron, and what way would be best to apply it? — Kim The first thing to know is the type of ...

Homegrown: Hen and chicks, tree trimming

By Dennis Hill

We had a nice pot of hen and chicks that we brought in last fall hoping they would winter over and we could set them back out this spring, but they just kind of faded away. I was wondering why that is. — Todd Actually, hen and chicks ...

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