Gail Vanik

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

Choose a lilac for your life

Stories are found in the diaries of early settlers about transporting cuttings of lilacs across the rough, unsettled country and then planting them at the door of their newly established homesteads...

DATE: May 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Gail’s Garden New crab apples remove mess, keep the bloom

Our wet winter has provided us with a glorious spring and of the current show is courtesy of flowering crab apple trees. Blooming from April to June, in the past crab apples have gotten a bad rap...

DATE: May 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

It’s time to feed your trees

After you’ve fertilized your lawn, the next chore for the season is to fertilize your trees. Ideally, this should be done before they begin to break dormancy in the spring, and as cool as this...

DATE: April 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

To be or not to be? It’s a perennial question

With spring right around the corner, those dormant trees, shrubs and perennials you have in your yard will be starting to wake up soon. Many a gardener has pulled out a plant that appears dead,...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Pot up bulbs now for winter blooms

Although tulips, daffodils, and crocus are the first flowers to bloom each spring, you can capture that beauty through the winter months as well. Forcing bulbs is a sure fire way to bring this...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Fall is for planting and preparing for winter’s sleep

The end of October means that the gardening season is almost over for most of us. Yet there are still a few garden chores that remain before you are ready to hang up your shovel for the season....

DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Learning the language of cold weather

In our part of the world, cold nights can happen in just about any month of the year. As we move from the warm, sunny days of summer toward winters chill, the National Weather Service will often...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

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