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Notes From the Garden: Set Aside Summer’s Surplus for a Snowy Day

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It’s a rare gardener who doesn’t grow at least a few tomatoes. We all love them. I eat them at least twice a day in season, and sometimes I even have one with breakfast. But the season is short, so many of us try to put up tomatoes to have their flavor in winter soups and stews. Our grannies slaved over a hot stove in August and September, canning tomatoes. …

Hard-Hat Gardeners

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The small slice of land formed by the Interstate 91 offramp and Route 5 in White River Junction already seems like a challenging place to maintain a garden. Heavy traffic rumbles by and road salt seeps into the soil. The only way to get water to the plants involves running a hose across …

Notes From The Garden: For Busy Gardeners, Late Summer Means Planting for Fall

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

If you are like me, you have some space in your vegetable garden now. I have pulled all my garlic and my peas. Or maybe you planted a big patch of lettuce early on, and it’s been eaten or gone by. In any event, you could slow down and just mulch your empty …

Children’s Books Inspire Room Decor

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Using children’s books as inspiration for bedrooms and playrooms is one way to introduce a child to literature. It also can be just a fun, imaginative way to decorate. “I lifted the oranges, greens and yellows from the …

Notes From the Garden: Plant Trees, Shrubs Into the Late Fall

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Except when the ground is frozen, you can plant trees and shrubs pretty much anytime. Some experts recommend planting in the fall when trees are less likely to suffer from hot weather and dry soil as autumn is …

Contract Curveball? Get a Change Order

Sunday, August 9, 2015

It’s just a piece of paper, often only one sheet, and different companies write it up different ways. Yet when needed, the change order could prove the only thing that stands between you and hundreds or thousands of …

Key to Buying a Home: Intelligence, Not Illusion

Sunday, August 9, 2015

New York — Mike Holmes, famous for calling out bad plumbing, woodworking and electrical work on the HGTV show Holmes on Homes, says there are steps homebuyers can take to avoid many of those problems. Holmes now has a new competition show on Fox called Home Free (airing …

Notes From the Garden:

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Daylilies are wonderful. All beginning gardeners should have several clumps — you essentially can’t kill them. Like many plants, they prefer good rich soil and full sun, but some varieties will survive and thrive most anywhere. They come …

Low Water Pressure Often Caused by These Problems

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Many homeowners have experienced the irritation of dealing with low water pressure in the house at least once. Low water pressure makes simple daily activities, such as showering or washing your dishes, frustrating and time consuming, but finding …

Rooting Out Some Nasty, Pushy Plants

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

If you have a wet area or a stream on your property, you might be seeing some very pretty tall pinky-purple flowers blooming now, or soon. Those are purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), an invasive plant that you should …

Notes From the Garden: Fruit Trees Need to Produce

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I try not to be too compulsive, but I admit that I counted every sour or pie cherry I picked from my tree this year. Give or take a few I ate while picking, I got 111 cherries …

By Any Other Name...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Will Radler was still just an amateur rose breeder — a basement hobbyist, really — when he walked out of his home in Milwaukee carrying that fateful baby rose in a soil-stuffed cup. He didn’t realize it then, …

How to Stop Mold After Water Damage

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Homeowners who experience even a small amount of water seeping into their homes either from flooding or a broken pipe should be concerned about mold. It doesn’t take much water for mold to grow and do a lot …