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When Selling Your Home, Give Every Room a Role

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Many of us have one room in the house that doesn’t really have a job. Maybe we set it up with an air bed once in a while for guests, or shove out-of-season clothing boxes in there, or use it as a holding zone for stuff we’re not sure what to do with. But when your house is on the market, every room has a role to play to make …

When Contractors Give an Estimate, Do They Charge?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

How much should you expect to pay, if anything, for an estimate, inspection or other kind of contractor consultation? The answer depends on the nature of your project and the policies of the companies from which you solicit bids. But a few rules of thumb apply: If you want to know how much it will cost to get something fixed, a free estimate …

Fall Is Coming, And So Are Its Many Chores

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The fall equinox arrives on Sept. 23 this year. On that date, day and night are of equal length, but with each subsequent day the dark time gets a little bit longer and we begin our descent into winter. For many gardeners, the shortening days are not welcome. I try to look at the positive side: We all need a break from weeding …

For Certain Plants, the Best Locations Are Made in the Shade

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

“The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening” by Amy Ziffer. University Press of New England. $27.95. Shade gardens are a gardener’s conundrum — and opportunity. Plants that like full sun are numerous and brilliantly colored, and their …

Spring Reveals A Soft Parade Of Blossoms

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Each year I anticipate spring with great enthusiasm not because I don’t like winter — which I do — but because almost every day there are new flowers blooming in my garden. I’m keeping a list as they …

Wanted Dead — Garlic Mustard

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

As a garden writer I get a lot of email from people warning me about pending catastrophes: blights, bugs, invasive plants. Some are accurate, some are not. In 2012 plant experts warned that a disease that kills Impatiens …

Give a Face Lift To Your Front Door

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A front door is your home’s chance to make a good first impression. Help yours say “Welcome” with these ideas for giving your front entry a makeover for spring. Give It a Once-Over After a while, we all stop noticing the little flaws in our homes. So it’s …

The Accidental Tomato Plant

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This year I met a longtime goal of growing an edible tomato in the house, though I have to admit that it was quite by accident. Last fall I dug up an avocado plant that had started itself …

Dealing With Bad Contractor Issues

Sunday, May 11, 2014

What should you do if someone you’ve hired behaves like a bully? Particularly if you haven’t done your homework before choosing a service provider, there’s a chance you could experience problems that include a contractor pushing for more money, reacting with hostility when told of a problem, or …

Home Decor Inspired By Creepy Crawlies

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Many would agree with naturalist David Attenborough that nature “is the greatest source of visual beauty.” And that includes the creepy crawlies: From snakes’ skins to the intricate physiology of the smallest bug, we can’t help but be impressed by the beauty of creatures that buzz, flit and …

Lessons From an Asparagus Patch, and Weed Strategies, Too

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

On a recent cold, gray Sunday I was looking for a project to do in my garden. I decided to clean up my asparagus bed and get rid of last summer’s dead stalks and those sneaky weeds that …

Go Wall-to-Wall on Carpet Terminology

Sunday, May 4, 2014

If professional cleaning can’t revive your carpet, it’s probably time to replace it. Manufacturers say carpet should last about 10 years. With regular vacuuming, prompt attention to spills and periodic cleaning, it could last longer. But sooner or later, carpet must be replaced. Before you visit showrooms or …

Time for Tomatoes: I Just Couldn’t Wait to Start My Seedlings

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

This year I started my tomatoes indoors much earlier than I usually do. Normally I start them on April 10 at 10:14 a.m. Only kidding. Most years I start them during the second week of April. That way …