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Climate is tough on trees
It’s tough to be a tree in Colorado. Imagine their plight after having been grown in a nice pampered nursery with great soil — somewhere in the Midwest or Pacific Northwest — then cruelly dug from the ground, having most of their roots severed, wrapped in a burlap bag and hauled to our area. For the trees imported to our area, our fiery heat, heavy soils and dry climate is like, well, hell on earth.

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Use a bumper zucchini crop
This past weekend I uttered the words that cause my family to freeze in panic, eyes darting to each other in dread — “the zucchini is ready for harvesting.”
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Weather is tough on gardens
This has been a tough season for our plants. Yes, it’s only July, but record setting heat, dry conditions, a hailstorm of biblical proportions and monsoonal moisture have been tormenting our gardens.
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Earwigs may be taking over your garden
I grew up watching “Star Trek” as a child and still remember the episode that helped shape my life as an adult. Poor Mr. Chekov was attacked by an alien that looked remarkably like an earwig, which crawled into his ear and took over his body. I was so impressed by this I became an entomologist.
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Harvest will soon begin for plants
There is nothing as thrilling for gardeners as the arrival of late June when the harvest of home grown fruits and veggies kicks into high gear. This year is especially exciting since cool season crops are suffering heat stroke and bolting to seed just to be finished.
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Use water wisely in time of conservation
Several years ago I had a neighbor who loved his wife so much he would wash the driveway and asphalt road to keep her from driving across dirt on her way home.
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