Gail Vanik

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

Gail’s Garden Winter watering is crucial this year

Happy New Gardening Year! Even though it’s not planting season, there is still a gardening chore you need to be doing right now and that’s watering. One of the most common causes of winterkill...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Unraveling the mystery of the Christmas cactus

It’s the holiday season and some of the most appreciated gifts are poinsettias or Christmas cactus. Yet one of the questions we hear most often at the garden center this time of year revolves...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Ornamental grass adds grace, motion to landscape

Today is windy, and as I am writing the plume grass outside my window is catching the golden light of an autumn day. Swaying the breeze, this gentle plant is a reminder to me that sometimes the...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Gail’s Garden Divide and conquer the unruly perennial

Has that day lily or iris you planted a few years ago gotten huge this summer? With the great moisture last winter, my perennials took off this year and have now outgrown their space. Those...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Get a jump on spring planting in September

Although it has been unusually warm, cooler weather has arrived in some spots in the high country, and it’s time to begin to think about wrapping up the summer growing season and preparing for the...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Hungry for a taste of fall? Plant a fruit tree

A backyard orchard can be a most rewarding and fun gardening project and may be easier than you think, and fall is the perfect time to start. Because the ground is still warm, trees planted now...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

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