Gail Vanik

The scoop on poinsettias: poisonous or not?

Vic likes to do it at the garden center for shock value. Pop a poinsettia bract into his mouth and eat it, because we often hear at this time of year, “Oh, your poinsettias are lovely, but I can’t...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Living

Plant food can prevent blossom end rot

Many people are growing their own vegetables for the first time this summer, and while that’s exciting and fun, it can also be frustrating when things don’t go exactly right. Maybe you’ve got your...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Living

Backyard farming brings peace of mind

When I was growing up outside of Baltimore, we had a neighbor named Bob Gettier. Bob was the original backyard farmer who planted a huge vegetable garden each summer. A commercial artist by trade,...

DATE: May 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Living

Gail’s Garden: The large-tool hall of fame

Although your small tools may be the ones you turn to everyday, the larger ones can be even more important in your garden for a variety of reasons. There are a few that are essential and this week...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Living

For bugs, it’s a most wonderful time of the year

Happy Gardening New Year! As I was in the midst of my un-decorating flurry this week, I moved my displaced houseplants back to their permanent spots and noticed that we had uninvited guests come to...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Living

A potted Christmas tree needs a special touch

Choosing the perfect tree is a time-honored family Christmas tradition, but going out into the forest to cut one isn’t the only option. Cut trees provide a wonderful aroma in your home during the...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

How to deal with problem of suckers

If you are like many of us and have aspens planted in your Colorado yard, you know that eventually you have to deal with the annoying problem of suckers. While aspens and poplars are notorious for...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Prune tomato plants for better fruit

Mention the word pruning to any gardener, and most will automatically think of tree and shrub pruning. Yet, there are other plants you should be pruning this time of year – your tomatoes. Tomato...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

When your maple turns red before its time

One of the maple trees in my yard is looking like fall has arrived because it is already turning red. Since I know it’s way too early for that to happen naturally, that appearance is usually caused...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Gail’s Garden: The secrets of watering for success

It’s the time in the growing season when that spectacular hanging basket you got for Mother’s Day or the bedding plants you put in a few weeks ago begin to look a little weary. Watering problems...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Try a weed barrier in face of an invasion

If you hate weeds as much as we do at our house, you look for any available method to keep them at bay. One of my favorites is the use of weed barrier. Weed barrier is a thick, woven material. The...

DATE: June 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Gail’s Garden Prepare your tomato plant for harvest

If you are like many of us, you are starting to plant your vegetable garden right about now. One of the most popular vegetables are homegrown tomatoes and what a summer delight they are! Rich,...

DATE: May 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

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