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Welcome Spring, Welcome Bulbs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I’ve been paying attention to snowdrops and crocus since I was 9 years old — I recently found entries in my diary that tell me so. My entry for March 7, 1956, in its entirety was this: “Spring is getting here at last the snow drops are in bud + will bloom in a few days.” Then on April 5 I wrote, “Today our first crocus was in bloom it …

Early Spring Chores

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring finally seems to be coming to Cornish Flat — about a month late this year. My snowdrops are just starting to bloom and large patches of snow are still on the lawn and garden, though there are bare spots. I really want to get outside and start cleaning up the yard and garden beds, but will try to hold myself back until …

Foggy Windows Can Be Cleared

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Akron, Ohio — Marie Poling thought she was looking at an expense of thousands of dollars to replace all the windows on her Northfield Center Township, Ohio, house. The insulated glass in the home’s bay window had gotten foggy, and she figured her only option was new windows. Then she found out about a process that removes the moisture from inside thermal pane …

Choose Hedges That Will Help Feed Your Feathered Friends

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Even Ebenezer Scrooge (at least in his post-enlightenment days), probably had a bird feeder. Virtually everyone I know does, at any rate. Why? Partly because live birds are colorful and fun to watch, and partly because we pity them on cold mornings. At 10 below zero those little …

Thinking Back to A Year in Plants

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Snow has come. The leaves are raked. The garden is as put to bed as it’s going to get. It’s a good time to think about what worked this year and what didn’t. I’m pleased with a number of new shrubs I planted in the last two years; …

Hire a Handyman Or a Contractor?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Whom should you hire: handyman or general contractor? The answer largely depends on the scope of the work. If you need help with a honey-do list, consider a handyman or handywoman. If the project is rather complex, consider a contractor. A general contractor and a handyman may offer …

In the Darkest Days of Winter, Gardeners Find Ways to Cope

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

This time of year is tough on many gardeners: there is little daylight and little to do in the garden. And there are no flowers to pick and place on the table. Recently, the weather has been dismal: …

Maryland ‘Hobbitat’ Builders Think Small

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Oakland, Md. — In an age when homes include four-car garages, media rooms and man caves, one Maryland company is bucking the trend. Hobbitat, a construction company not affiliated with The Lord of the Rings, specializes in tiny …

Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems Are Excellent Idea ex Idea

Sunday, December 8, 2013

If you really want to keep your home and the people and property in it as safe as possible from fire, consider a residential sprinkler system. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), a division of FEMA, fire sprinklers inside a home reduce the chance of fire death …

Homeyer: Visting a Japanese Garden Can Be an Inspiration

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

I recently visited an old college friend in Seattle, and while out there we went to some nice gardens in the area. The Bloedel Reserve is on Bainbridge Island, a 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. It is …

What Do Gardeners Really Want?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

When I was a boy I believed in Santa Claus long after most other kids had given up on him. I must have been in fifth grade before I started to doubt the story of the jolly old elf. I’m not sure if that was due to my …

Natural Elements Play in Fall Decor

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Along with grainy woods, metallics and other textural elements, rock and mineral-themed decor is part of a fall trend toward nature and natural elements. In many cases, real rocks and minerals are integrated into the decorative items. Los Angeles interior and product designer Hilary Thomas says she responds …

In the Fall Flow

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Bill Bates, of Windsor, splits wood in Hartland Four Corners.Valley News — Sarah Priestap …