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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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Hawaiian islands transformed over time by a queen

By Erin McIntyre

In the valley between the Pacific Ocean and the Lawa’i Valley cliffs, on Kauai’s south shore, lies a garden treasure. This magical place is an ethereal jungle, carefully designed to be what one man’s dreams were made ...


Sometimes it’s OK to trim back juniper in the winter

By Dennis Hill

Happy new year! The thing I’d like to know is if there is a time of year or season that is best for trimming or cutting back mature juniper evergreens? I have some mature (20-plus years) mint julep shrubs and Spartan uprights. Also, is ...


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Lemon tree a fun way to shake shiver

By Erin McIntyre

Now that Christmas is over, I’m ready for spring. Despite the fact that winter “officially” started only a week ago, I’m totally over it already. We garden people are hankering for something green and lush, something ...


What to do with cracks in crabapple

By Dennis Hill

We have a Prairiefire crabapple tree that has severe splitting in almost all of the major branches. There is some evidence of old bark splits that have healed over that we did not notice until recently. The tree seemed to be slow leafing out ...


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O, Christmas Tree

By Erin McIntyre

The last time I helped pick out a fresh Christmas tree, I was about 7 years old. I remember it being cold, ridiculous and a lot of work. My dad took us out somewhere on Douglas Pass, in the middle of nowhere to pick out the perfect tree. It ...


Rhododendrons can be planted here, but it will take some work

By Dennis Hill

Will rhododendrons grow in the Grand Valley? — David Rhododendrons will grow here, but not without some preparation and ongoing maintenance. Some rhododendrons aren’t winter hardy for us, but there’s a group called the H-1 ...


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No longer an ‘it,’ Little Jerry is Little Geri!

By Erin McIntyre

It’s a GIRL! I feel like hanging some balloons on the mailbox and crocheting a tiny pink blankie. Yes, the much-anticipated reveal of our chicken’s gender happened a mere 165 days into our grand experiment with backyard poultry ...


New Mexico privet can give privacy to your yard

By Dennis Hill

I’m planning ahead and want to put in a privacy hedge of New Mexico privet. I would like it to be dense and plan to let it grow naturally and unpruned. How far apart should I space the plants? — Joseph Actually, the answer to ...


Right light important in winterizing geraniums

By Dennis Hill

I had several geraniums that I usually toss, but decided to save through the winter and try to replant next spring. I have them on a table in a room with a large window and lots of indirect sunshine. How should I care for them? Do I water them ...


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