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Herb gardens save money, taste great

By Penny Stine

Even if you have limited space, limited knowledge and a limited budget, it’s possible to have a successful herb garden. Even better, for those who love to cook, it’s possible to grow an herb garden that saves a substantial amount ...


Got a fruit tree? Learn how to treat it properly

By Penny Stine

A backyard fruit tree can be rewarding for those who enjoy growing their own food. There’s a sense of satisfaction in tending a tree, protecting it from frost, disease and pests and later enjoying the bounty. Because of the fruit ...


New concepts, products and ideas for the garden

By Penny Stine

Gardening may be as old as dirt, but that doesn’t mean that gardening methods, tools or ideas are equally aged. Although it’s possible to grow a garden using the same practices used by your dear old granny, new research, new ...


Mix and match

By Penny Stine

Some gardening practices may have worked well when Old McDonald was farming 160 acres, but aren’t as practical or as necessary when we’re planning a little garden plot for a few tomatoes and some basil. If you’re farming to ...


Wake up your lawn properly

By Penny Stine

I’s tempting to look at the lawn, which has turned brown over the winter, and start watering on a daily basis as soon as water is in the irrigation ditches. Especially since this past winter was so dry, it’s only logical to think ...

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Chore list, meet calendar

By Penny Stine

While springtime is an ideal time for many home improvement and yard projects, it’s not the only time or even the perfect time to tackle everything. Some chores are better left to the heat of the summer, some are best to handle in the ...

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Springtime rekindles the legend of the swan

By Penny Stine

The swan in the snow on Grand Mesa is a local planting guide legend, although most experts warn that it may or may not be accurate. According to the legend, it’s safe to plant warm weather crops like tomatoes and peppers once the ...

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Spring cleanup? Remember to recycle

By Penny Stine

We’re nearing that time of year when visitors to our fair city wonder about residents who pile up mounds of trash out by the street. Locals know that debris-lined streets are just one of the signs of spring in the Grand Valley, thanks ...

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Plant a garden, feel good

By Penny Stine

It’s springtime and once again, neighbors are planting, pruning and playing in the dirt. You’ve been tempted before, but usually the siren call of summer lures you out of the yard and onto the golf course, the mountains, the river ...

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Outdoor spaces in tiny places

By Penny Stine

When it comes to creating a great outdoor spaces in your yard or deck, some of the advice may seem counterintuitive, especially if you’ve got a small yard or patio and would like to make it appear larger. Rather than leaving it as a ...

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Welcome to the Home Improvement and Remodeling Expo

By Special to the Sentinel

Welcome to the 2011 Home Improvement & Remodeling Expo. On behalf of the Housing and Building Association of Northwestern Colorado, it is my pleasure to present to you the 36 annual Home Improvement & Remodeling Expo. The Expo! ...

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Who needs the space more? You or the car?

By Penny Stine

When homes begin to feel too tight and the huddled masses yearn to be free — or at least have a little more elbow room — it’s tempting to eye that two-car garage and wonder how it would look converted into a family room ... ...

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Sexy and splashy? Or sensible and staid?

By Penny Stine

It’s hard to spend home improvement dollars on improvements that aren’t visible. It’s more fun to buy new appliances, cabinets and countertops for the kitchen where everyone can see them than extra insulation in the attic and ...

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They did WHAT to that house?

By Penny Stine

While it’s true that a homeowner can make any kind of improvement or remodel he or she wants to as long as he’s not violating any covenant rules or city building codes, some choices are better than others. A stunning home is ...

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