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Fairy living — Magical gardens gaining popularity

By Erin McIntyre

Shhhh. Be quiet or you might scare them away. Who? Well, the fairies, of course! Don’t you see them in the garden, there? She’s sleeping, curled up in the leaf, under the penstemon. And that one there, yes, the ...


It’s almost time to trim back roses

By Dennis Hill

Can I trim my roses back at this time of year? I did not get to it in the late fall and they are about 8 feet tall. Also, can I start planting seeds out in the garden or is it still too early? — Molly Although it is a bit early, ...


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Xeriscape expert leads landscaping, outdoor event

By Erin McIntyre

When Lauren Springer Ogden moved to Colorado 30 years ago, she appreciated the natural landscape for its rugged beauty, for the plants that have adapted to live in a harsh environment without loamy soils or abundant water, like some other ...


Accelerate tomato crop by trying these ideas

By Dennis Hill

How early could we get an edible tomato here in the Redlands if we were willing to do everything just right. What varieties are the best? Could we grow the plants (not from seeds) in the house to begin with? — Pat If the earliest ...


Best ways to prepare yard for your dogs

By Dennis Hill

What is the best type of grass for dogs? I have a small backyard with approximately 1,000 square feet of grass. I have two large dogs and wanted to get your opinion on what would hold up the longest. — Cameron There are two issues when ...


Eleanor Rigby, a lesson in backyard farming

By Erin McIntyre

And then, there were seven. Ever since we decided to become backyard chicken keepers, I knew there would be a day when I would need to decide if it was time to put one of the girls out of her misery. Of course, we had one chicken loss due to ...


Options for planting a groundcover

By Dennis Hill

I have nothing but dirt in my front yard. I would like a ground cover that would spread quickly. The area is moist and receives little sun. I have arthritis, so I would like to have flowers and plants that require very little ...


Not all ‘One Book’ varieties suited for Western Colorado gardens

By Erin McIntyre

Growing chocolate habanero peppers in your closet and marveling at the taste of just-picked sweet corn on the cob is something most gardeners can relate to. And so, Mesa County Libraries’ One Book, One Mesa County community reading ...


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Fostering orchids

By Erin McIntyre

You would never know that it is winter outside at Debra Foster’s Redlands home. Inside her sunroom, it’s a veritable jungle. And it’s all because of her gorgeous collection of orchids. Cultivating orchids isn’t as ...


Viburnums work great for shade

By Dennis Hill

I live in Orchard Mesa. I’m looking for a large viburnum to plant on the north end of my yard. It would receive some morning and late afternoon sun. I want privacy screening, good fragrance and berries for the birds. What would you ...


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