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Melinda Myers: Landscape structures provide function, beauty
Melinda Myers: Landscape structures provide function, beauty

May 17, 2019

Incorporate arbors, trellises and other structures into your designs when planning new or updating existing gardens and landscapes. These structures help form the framework of any garden, add year-round interest and provide years of beauty...



Carolyn Singer: Tempted by tomatoes
Carolyn Singer: Tempted by tomatoes

May 10, 2019

Of course I know better. Soil isn’t even warm yet in my garden. And based on 42 years of gardening at the elevation of 2,600 feet, there could be a May frost. Or even a...






Music in the Mountains home tour this weekend
Music in the Mountains home tour this weekend

April 26, 2019

This weekend’s Music in the Mountains Home Tour will feature local homes with gardens blooming, adding to the beauty to be experienced by guests on the 36th annual tour. “We are showcasing a collection of...



Get your yard and property ready for summer
Get your yard and property ready for summer

April 23, 2019

Winter is finally over, and like a squatter that we just couldn’t evict for way too long, she left quite the mess for us to deal with.  Whether you have a postage stamp sized backyard...





Container gardens for every occasion
Container gardens for every occasion

April 12, 2019

Make every occasion special by designing and growing containers for summer holidays, weddings, anniversary parties or other special celebrations. Pick a color scheme appropriate for the occasion or a variety of colors and shapes sure...


JoAnne Skelly: Tips about seeds
JoAnne Skelly: Tips about seeds

April 12, 2019

Every viable seed is a mini-miracle of genetics and food supply because each is a potential plant. Sometimes we take seeds for granted and simply buy any packet of seeds. With more than 100 seed...


Carolyn Singer: April gardening: soil and sun!
Carolyn Singer: April gardening: soil and sun!

April 12, 2019

Coveys of quail cross the open area behind my house, a view I enjoy from the kitchen windows. If I step on to the porch, they scurry under the ground-hugging branches of a huge shrub...


Ann Wright: It’s a blooming spring!
Ann Wright: It’s a blooming spring!

April 5, 2019

There certainly has been a good deal of excitement around recent super blooms. Having lived in the high desert of southern California there were a couple of expected heralds to spring activities: one, the opening...


Simple strategies for a larger tomato harvest this year
Simple strategies for a larger tomato harvest this year

April 5, 2019

Nothing is more frustrating than investing time, money and energy in planting and growing tomatoes only to watch them succumb to disease. We can’t change the weather conditions that support disease problems, but we can...