Local gardeners do it for all sorts of reasons: Organic and heirloom vegetable enthusiasts grow hard-to-find varieties with unique flavors. Others just want to grow their favorite flower for the summer garden.
Home improvement to-do lists resurfaced over the weekend at the Johnson County Home & Garden Show. Visitors eyed sunrooms, log siding, decorative outdoor stones boasting college logos, and countless other items.
Today’s settee is so much more versatile and fun, and retailers such as Crate & Barrel and West Elm are introducing ones with new shapes, colors and fabrics. And they often refer to them as a sofa for a dining table.
Joan and Justin Cottet, a budget-behaved couple who have no fear of doing it themselves, have primped, pampered, papered, painted, saved, sanded, scraped and stained their way to a welcoming family home in Snohomish, Wash.
I really like the farmhouse-style kitchen sinks, but I don’t want to spend extra money just for good looks. Are there any practical advantages as well with a farmhouse kitchen sink over a standard kitchen sink?
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What can you do with a blackberry lily? The answer is, anything you want. All gardens are made better with the addition of this persevering heirloom iris. You thought I said blackberry lily, and now I am referring to it as iris. Yes, Virginia, it has always looked like an iris from the standpoint of foliage and recently its scientific name has been changed from Belamcanda chinensis to Iris domestica.
Alas, the life of a DIY columnist never slows. The day after my in-depth expose on the myriad uses of distilled vinegar, my co-worker, Sarah, popped by my desk and dropped a bomb (figuratively speaking). "You know another one of those surprising kitchen ingredients that can do everything?" Pregnant pause. "Salt."
When it comes to home staging, it isn't about how much money you spend, but about creating the right atmosphere to entice buyers. The reality is most buyers need an emotional trigger, an internal reaction that prompts them to make an offer on a home. Essentially they need to fall in love with a property and picture themselves and their family in the space.
Q: We live in a small home with very limited storage. We have a garage but can never get the car inside because of all the junk we have in there. We don't have the yard area for a storage barn. I have been told that storage in the attic ruins whatever is put up there. Is this true?
Long-stemmed roses typically aren't delivered by the box or vase to Jean Hunner's Mission Viejo, Calif., home on Valentine's Day. If she's lucky, they have arrived a week earlier - straight from her front yard. Hunner grows hybrid tea roses, long-legged beauties that are among the most requested cut flowers at floral shops this time of the year. For hobbyists like her, growing hybrid tea roses is a year-round passion outdoors that yields blooms for decorating indoors.
Pungent aromas link plants from the world's driest regions. This is not the feminine floral essence, but a powerful scent often musky and acrid, carried in the rich oils that are shared by arid zone species. In lands of little rain and hot dry winds such as the Sirocco of northern Africa or the Santa Anas of Los Angeles, oils in the indigenous plants are key to their survival over a long dry season. These oils serve a purpose - to replace moisture lost from foliage and wood. Oil helps to keep cells from collapsing from dehydration, and the potent aromas discourage hungry wildlife that eats anything during drought.
Q: Dear Ed, we recently moved into a new home. The bathroom is in good shape and has your standard-type tub and shower unit. We would like to do some type of upgrade to the tub/shower stall, but right now we're on a tight budget. What do you recommend we do for an affordable shower upgrade?
Dear Angie: How much can I expect to pay to have my wood fireplace converted to gas? Our house is about 30 years old. The bottom of the fireplace looks like it's easily accessed through the basement. The conversion would involve running 30 to 50 feet of gas line.
You can make your own growing pots for seedlings out of newspaper. This will help to get those veggies growing early. As an alternative to expensive peat pots or plastic containers, try this idea courtesy of the California Garden Clubs' Kids Growing Strong program. Some color inks contain metals that may harm foliage, so choose the black-and-white sections over the colorful inserts.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Any plant growing where it's not supposed to be might be called a weed, but there's more to it than that, as horticulturist Sally Heiney showed during a program at the N.C. Botanical Garden.