Gail Vanik

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

Gail’s Garden: Creating a landscape from its roots

Although most people think of a buying a tree in a pot to take home and plant, there is also another way to landscape your yard and that’s through the purchase of bare root nursery stock.Bare root...

DATE: March 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

This Thanksgiving, try giving a gift of life

Even though the weather hasn’t been indicative of the season, Thanksgiving is next week. And with Thanksgiving comes the annual gift giving frenzy. This year, consider some living alternatives for...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

A tale of two grandmothers, and two cacti

Neither of my grandmothers were great gardeners. In fact, by the time I was old enough to really know them, they didn’t “garden” at all.One lived with me while I was growing up. Gram was a woman...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Come sit in the shade – and a new world of color

If the recent dog days of summer have sent you running for shade, then you’re not alone. It’s been hot. And sunny. But one way to beat the heat is to plant a shade garden.If you have a shady spot...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

When it’s this hot, proper watering is crucial

The past week or so has been exceptionally hot, and my crew has been struggling with not only keeping plants alive and looking good, but also keeping themselves from being affected by the extreme...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

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