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  • Apple orchards dodge a weather bullet, growers say

    The spring storm that passed over Colorado Springs didn't leave behind as much snow as originally predicted, but enough to make 2013-2014 the snowiest season in 13 years, according to the National Weather Service. The official report from the Colorado Springs Airport was 1.5 inches, putting the season's total at 34.4 inches, said...

  • SE Iowa greenhouse captures industrial heat

    FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Minutes after train cars loaded with coal roll by, Jan Swinton admits this rough industrial park on Fairfield's north side is hardly where you'd expect to find the beginnings of a lush vegetable garden that will help feed the area's 1,700 schoolchildren. But there, tucked behind a nondescript factory, is a new...

  • Manitou artist carves tree stumps into story-rich tableaus

    Craftspeople have been chopping down and fashioning dead trees into beautiful things since they got the hang of opposable thumbs. Manitou Springs artist and chainsaw carver David Gonzales turns dead trees into art right where they stand, and in doing so honors the stories and native wildlife of the Front Range region. Gonzales' carved...

  • Plant of the week: Forsythia

    Deciduous shrub grown for its vibrant yellow flowers that announce the arrival of spring; shrubs around town will be blooming for the next few weeks. Bright yellow, bell-shaped flowers emerge before leaves and cover branches from ground to tip. Depending on the variety, they can be compact specimen plants or tall (8-10 feet) informal hedges....

  • Local gardening classes help the beginner out

    Tending to a vegetable garden in our neck of the woods can be an uphill battle. It becomes even more daunting when the gardener is a beginner. The enemies: poor soil, wind and temperatures that go from hot to cold to hot in a few days. "Colorado Springs is tricky," said Larry Stebbins, founder of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens. "We're one of the...


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