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Gail Vanik
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How to care for your Christmas tree

One of the earliest memories many people have of the holiday season is that of the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree. Cut Christmas trees are probably the most highly used greenery in ho...

How to beat the supply chain this Christmas

With the pandemic putting toys and other holiday gifts in short supply this year, you might want to consider some living alternatives for those on your gift list. The most obvious holiday pl...

Cyclamen will brighten up winter

There are a group of plants I call the “grandmother plants.” They’re the ones that you probably remember seeing on your grandmother’s windowsill when you were growing up. It seems like every...

It’s November. Prepare for spring

The arrival of November means that gardening season is truly over for most of our area. However, there are a few things you’ll still need to do to prepare for winter. Avoiding these fall gar...

Hard freeze signals time to clean up

One of the chores that should be on your list for fall cleanup is cutting back your perennials. This is an important task for a number of reasons. Cutting back some perennials now will help ...

Give mums their due

It’s difficult to think of the fall season without having beautiful mums come to mind. Mums are a versatile addition to any fall garden and, along with fall pansies, they’ll take you through...

It’s time to put down some roots

Think about how it feels when your feet hit icy water in a river. Then consider how they feel if they are plunged into a warm foot bath. It’s the same with your plants and it’s the reason th...

Whiteflies can be year-round pest

A whitefly infestation can be one of the most annoying problems in the plant world. These little white, fly-like insects love houseplants, vegetables, annuals and many other things, and they...

Easing the stress in your yard

It has already been a hot summer and plants, like the rest of us, don’t always take the heat well. They will respond in several ways and this week I’d like to talk about how to recognize hea...

The summer of the aphid

Camouflaged bugs can be hard to spot. Here’s how you flush them out

Gail Vanik: Add mulch in a drought to retain moisture

One of the easiest things you can do to help you garden successfully during a dry year is to simply add a layer of mulch after you’ve finished planting. Mulches do a great deal more in your...

Gail’s Garden: What to do in a drought

As planting season approaches, like anyone who lives in our high desert climate, we are keeping a close watch on the water situation this summer. At the garden center, one of the most freque...