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Successful gardens start with good soil

Now that spring has officially begun, many of the gardeners among us are anxious to get digging. If you have had problems with your gardens in previous years or are…

Preventing woodpecker damage this spring

One of the most common calls that I receive at the Extension office during the spring months is how to keep woodpeckers from damaging homes and structures. Woodpeckers cause property…

Spring is almost here

As the official start of spring approaches this month, it’s exciting to start thinking of new gardening possibilities for the summer months. Of course, due to high altitude, a short…

The scoop on snow shoveling

Well, the snow has finally decided to show up in Pagosa, and not in moderation. Staying on top of the falling snow and digging ourselves out at the end of…

High-altitude gardening classes starting soon

With our recent abnormally warm weather, the gardener in me was getting itchy to start the season. But I know better, with winter returning the hope that spring snows will…

Composting: Reduce waste, harvest nutrients

By Dana Hayward PREVIEW Columnist Having a compost pile at home allows you to reduce landfill waste and reuse the nutrients in food and yard waste as a soil builder…

How to care for your Valentine bouquet

The Extension office will be closed for Presidents Day Feb. 16. Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for many florists. Here in Pagosa, our local…

Healthy eating tips for one or two

The Archuleta County Extension office will be closed Feb. 16 for Presidents Day. Planning and cooking meals for one or even two people can be challenging and sometimes seem uninspiring…

Reduce your energy bills

When comparing an average house to an energy-efficient house, it is possible to reduce annual energy bills by up to 40 percent! To obtain such a reduction, it is important…

Build a winter windowsill herb garden

By Dana Hayward PREVIEW Columnist January is the month when most gardeners cozy up with a seed catalogue and begin dreaming of the beautiful garden they’ll start come spring. Of…