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August Yard 
Of The month

By Special to the Sentinel

Take time in the near future to drive by 1360 Chipeta Ave., which was unanimously selected by judges as the August 2015 Yard of the Month winner. Built in the 1920, John and Penny Hopkins moved into the house in 1978 and finally finished all ...


Some items on this year’s fall to-do list

By Erin McIntyre

I hate to say it, but fall is just around the corner. The asters I planted by the front door are blooming. The little buds burst open like popcorn and the whole plant explodes in little pink flowers. I know when these bloom that it ...

Several ways to take care of lavender, but be wary

By Dennis Hill

I have quite a few lavender plants. They are at least 4 years old. How much can I prune them down and when should I do it? — Ann You need to be a bit careful about pruning lavender. Lavender is a bit of an “in-between” ...


Weird-shaped veggies a unique find

By Erin McIntyre

Harvesting root vegetables feels a little bit like Christmas. There’s no telling what lies beneath the surface of the soil, and when I yank a carrot out of the ground, there’s a tiny bit of joy that emerges with that jewel-toned ...


Here’s to the good guys, bumble flower beetles

By Erin McIntyre

It was a case of mistaken identity, and now I’m sorry. Just for the record, I never claimed to be an insect expert. My entomological knowledge amounts to knowing certain classes of insects, with the main goal being the ability to ...

‘Rogue’ roses with suckers need pruning persistently

By Dennis Hill

My roses are “going rogue.” Small branches with small leaves are coming up from the base of the plant. I keep cutting them off at the ground, but wonder if that isn’t diminishing the flowering ability and health of the ...

Budworms devour petunia blossoms; spray them frequently

By Dennis Hill

We have a petunia plant that has small worms that eat the blossoms. What suggestion do you have to get rid of such worms? — Maynard What you have is an insect that bothers lots of people throughout western Colorado. It’s called a ...


Party fit for a chicken

By Erin McIntyre

We’re two years into the backyard chicken experiment and it’s time to pause for reflection. I considered the first-year mark a real milestone, bittersweet with tragedy — we started with six chickens and ended with five. ...


Yard of the Month, Aug. 22, 2015

By Staff


Couple creates garden to attract, help hummingbirds

By Erin McIntyre

Hummingbirds keep a mental map of 5,500 locations of food along their migration route, researchers say. It’s clear that many of them have marked Steve and Debbie Bouricius’ place as a pit stop along their journey. On the edge of ...

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