Gail Vanik

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

Tomatoes take a beating this year in Montezuma County

I ran into a friend the other day, and she said to me, “Oh, I’d be so embarrassed to show you my garden this year. It hasn’t done well at all!” I started laughing and said, “Welcome to the club!...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gail’s Garden: Beat the heat with these tough flowers

It seems as if the summer has been unusually hot this year and not only on people: The garden has been taking it on the chin as well. With the hot temperatures and dry breezes, it’s been difficult...

DATE: July 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Lincoln and Kennedy roses outlive the rest

I want to write about something a little different this week and take a more personal slant on gardening and one that’s a little lighthearted but closer to home at the same time.Roses and I have a...

DATE: July 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Hot weather brings summer pests

The arrival of summer this week and the extreme heat brings a new set of issues in the garden – namely bugs. The relatively mild but wet winter means that the pests are out in force this year and...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

How gardeners overcome the limits of time and space

If you only have a small space in which to garden, or the thought of getting down to dig in the dirt is no longer appealing, then maybe you should consider container gardening.With the advent of...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

The strawberry: practically perfect in every way

Strawberries are probably close to being one of the most perfect things to grow.They take up fairly little space for a reasonably family-size patch and are easy to grow. Many of the new varieties...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Prepare your soil for planting season

As the weather warms throughout our rural area, thoughts turn to spring planting season. For many, our poor soils here consist mostly of clay, sand, or shale and need to be amended and improved...

DATE: April 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

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