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When are my trees too tall, and what can I do about it?

By Dennis Hill

We have six very large and apparently healthy poplars that are like 100 feet or so tall. Every time the wind blows, I wonder if they are coming down. I really would like to trim and cut them back. What do you think? — ...


Plant ideas that use little, if any, water not a big list

By Staff

We have an area in our yard that we’d like to landscape with perennial flowers. The problem is that we don’t have any water in this area. Any suggestions on what we could plant there? — Marilynn The best solution, if ...


Switching to Celsius halts thermostat family feud

By Erin McIntyre

The 2014 battle of the thermostat is in full swing. Forget the Sochi Olympics, this competition is more brutal than Bob Costas’ persistent eye infection. Here’s a rundown of the games so far: Hubby clicks down thermostat to ...


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Scallions provide green thumb in winter

By Erin McIntyre

There’s a certain desperation most gardeners feel this time of year. It’s too early to prune, too early to plant, too frozen to dig around in the dirt and too cold to do much in the yard except for shoveling snow in the driveway. ...


Tips, tricks to starting seeds indoors before transplanting

By Dennis Hill

Are there any tricks to starting plants indoors before transferring them to the garden? — Jim The first thing to starting your own seed indoors is to seed it at the proper time. Over and over I see people get anxious and start it too ...


Old bulbs: plant them when the ice melts

By Dennis Hill

I just “found” some bulbs I had forgotten about. Can I plant them now? — Pauline First, check your bulbs to be sure they are OK. They should be firm. If they’re soft, mushy or dried out, throw them away. If they are ...


Chickens actually do OK in the cold

By Erin McIntyre

This winter has taught me that chickens are hardier than I thought and they aren’t as birdbrained as I imagined. The first time I really worried about them freezing was after the snowstorm and brutal cold spell between Thanksgiving and ...


Be smarter than your vacuum cleaner

By Erin McIntyre

I owe my vacuum cleaner an apology. Seriously, it’s just embarrassing. That poor Dyson. It just kept trying to do its best, sucking up all the hair and crumbs until it barely worked anymore. The vacuum cleaner didn’t suck. I ...


Seeds! Something to look forward to in winter

By Erin McIntyre

There’s not much for gardeners to do this time of year except dream and scheme for what is to come and imagine what the landscape would look like if it wasn’t frozen and buried under inches of dried-out sugar snow. Until ... the ...


Waiting on the brunt of the witch egg

By Erin McIntyre

Little did I know that the world of urban chicken farming would bring such surprise and superstition. It seems that chicken behavior and, well, anything associated with chickens has provided fodder for strange beliefs for as long as people ...


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