Gail Vanik

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

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

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