Gail Vanik

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

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

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