Assess your drought damage, then get growing

If you’re feeling a little like you’re a victim of a long, hot summer, you’re not alone. Not only was it hot, but the smoke from the fires contributed to many of us feeling more heat stressed than...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

How to make your plant treatment stick

It’s been an ideal summer for bug infestations with the hot, dry weather, and many visitors at the garden center have been complaining that they’ve been spraying and spraying, but that their...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Gail’s Garden How to squash those pesky squash bugs

Right about now you should be finding a bumper crop of squash in your garden. Zucchini, yellow, scalloped, crookneck, spaghetti, butternut and more all make for delicious meals from now through the...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Plants, home work can protect against fire

Editor’s note: This is the final of three columns about fire-wise homes. Wildfires are nature’s way of taking care of itself. It clears out old underbrush, dead trees, overly dry wood and in some...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Build three zones to guard your home against fire

Editor’s note: This is the second of three columns about fire-wise homes. During the fires of 2002, I spent a day in Durango, at the site of the Missionary Ridge Fire, and as emotionally draining...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Steps you can take to achieve fire-wise landscaping

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles on fire-wise landscaping. It starts with basic concepts and how to begin. In 2002, there was a story on the national news about a woman who...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Six easy and versatile herbs for your garden and table

Although I’ve always had a love affair with cooking, one of the best things for me that has come out of our winter produce program has been more adventures with fresh herbs and spices. And even...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Nipping your insect problem in the bud

Although you may not see them, or be thinking of them right now, there are insects overwintering in your garden. A good way to nip a potential insect problem in the bud, so to speak, is with the...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Neem oil might be your best pesticide

Two weeks ago, I wrote about using horticultural oils to control pests in your yard and garden, but one deserves a column of its own. If you’ve been searching for a safe and nontoxic pesticide,...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

How to deal with powdery mildew in Montezuma County

Although it doesn’t happen often here because of our high, dry, climate, sometimes you will see small gray to whitish, fuzzy patches on your houseplants. Most likely this is powdery mildew. Ideal...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

How to care for your holiday poinsettia

With the holiday season upon us, the living gift of a holiday poinsettia is always a welcome one this time of year. Whether you are the giver or receiver, this is a choice that is always the right...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Making a gardener’s Christmas list, checking it twice

I know that finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. Everyone has “that” person on their holiday gift list, the one who has everything. The one who is impossible to buy for. The one you end up...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living