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Stories by Allen Wilson

Columbian freelance writer

Gardening with Allen: Three organic pesticides for edibles

July 13, 2024, 6:07am Clark County Life

Are there safe ways to control pests on my vegetables? I’m especially concerned about worms on my broccoli and leaf miners in my lettuce. Something is also chewing holes in the leaves of my petunias and impatiens. My neighbor said he thinks I have borers in my trees. Read story

Gardening with Allen: Trees help people, animals, insects

July 6, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Life

I have always loved trees. I know how they have benefitted me. Could you share with us some of the other benefits trees provide for our environment and community? Read story

Gardening with Allen: Line trimmers can hurt tree bark

June 29, 2024, 6:08am Clark County Life

I have been letting the grass grow right up to my tree trunks since I have been able to trim neatly with a line trimmer. My neighbor says I may be damaging my trees. Doesn’t the bark protect the tree? Read story

Gardening with Allen: Pruning tasks for early summer

June 22, 2024, 6:08am Clark County Life

Is this a good time to prune my trees and shrubs or should I wait until they have made all their growth? Read story

Gardening with Allen: Give a child their own garden

June 15, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Life

I have recently been talking to a friend whose 4-year-old son has taken an interest in gardening. It reminded me of some of my own experiences with my own children and grandchildren. Read story

Gardening with Allen: Here’s how to stop garden pests

June 8, 2024, 6:06am Clark County Life

I have noticed holes in the leaves of my petunia plants and other flowers planted recently. A friend said it was probably snails or slugs. I have also noticed holes in the roots of my early planted radishes. How can I control these pests? Read story

Gardening with Allen: Overlap blooms with perennials

June 1, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Life

I would like to start a perennial flower border in an area where I have previously planted annuals. Could you recommend some good varieties of perennial flowers, especially those with a long blooming period? Read story

Gardening with Allen: How to mow and care for a lawn

May 18, 2024, 6:07am Clark County Life

Many of my neighbors have their lawns mowed by a landscaper. I think I can do a better job for what they pay. What is the best way to mow and care for a lawn? Read story

Gardening with Allen: When and how often to fertilize

May 11, 2024, 6:08am Clark County Life

Last week I described the basic fertilizers that I use. This week I will add information about when and how often to fertilize different kinds of plants. Read story

Gardening with Allen: A primer on fertilizers and soil

May 4, 2024, 6:07am Clark County Life

I checked my leftover fertilizers and I have six different kinds of fertilizer. Do I really need that many? Could you give us some basic information about plant fertilizers? Read story