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Garden Calendar: High tunnels gain popularity for season extension

Weather is one of the biggest challenges Kansas farmers face, but a simple structure known as a high tunnel can help producers control it just a little bit. High tunnels are sometimes called hoophouses or unheated greenhouses, and are temporary plastic-covered structures typically used for ...

River City Jules: Family gets into the act

All of our kids have pulled me out of my comfort zone at one point or another, from providing free driver’s ed to house-training a puppy to taking — and, I might add, passing — the Cub Scout swim test.But this time it was Caroline who managed to extract me from my happy place and onto the ...

Fix-It Chick: How to test your soil

Soil testingDouglas County’s extension office is at the fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St. The office can be reached at 843-7058 or dg@ksre.ksu.edu.Whether you are trying to grow vegetables, flowers or grass, testing the soil’s pH can make both your thumb and your yard a little greener. ...

Behind the Lens: High-speed photography reveals player’s quickness

I was going to write about different sensor sizes in digital cameras this week but I fell asleep at my computer due to subject boredom. Another time maybe. Instead I want to mention a book I’ve been reading and relate it to recent photo coverage by the Journal-World staff. The book is ...

Faith Forum: What does spring symbolize in a religious context?

The Rev. Gary O’Flannagan, pastor, Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church, 802 W. 22nd St.:While many religions celebrate the coming of spring, what they are really celebrating is nature.But the celebration of nature falls short when we experience the season of Easter on a personal level. Easter ...

Garden Calendar: It’s time to get the garden growing

Whether this is your first year of gardening or 50th, success with growing vegetables is most dependent on good site preparation and planting the right things at the right time. Spring is a great time to start. SiteVegetables need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, so plan your ...

River City Jules: Spring break reminiscence

I miss spring break. I miss hearing the whistle blow on Friday afternoon and piling into a rental van with five close friends and heading to Panama City Beach for a week of fun and sun.I miss driving the night shift from St. Louis to Memphis and impulsively yet stealthily pulling into Graceland ...

Fix-It Chick: Use compost for lawn, garden

Compost is mixture of decomposing organic matter and micro-organisms traditionally used as a soil amendment for lawns and gardens. Combining compost with existing soils improves soil structure, increases water retention, adds nutrients, stabilizes pH, and reduces erosion. There are several easy ...

Boomer Girl Diary: The secret to getting a good night’s sleep

I’ve got a little secret, and I’m hesitant to reveal it to you.“Why?” you might ask. “You’ve been shamelessly airing your dirty laundry on this page for five years!” “My laundry isn’t that dirty,” I might reply. “OK, maybe when I wear socks two days in a row. And it’s ...

Behind the Lens: Photographing wildlife can be unpredictable

With the approach of spring, area wildlife are beginning their seasonal mating rituals. I woke up around 7 a.m. last Monday to hear our dogs barking wildly at six male turkeys fighting in the front yard. This meant a whole lot more turkeys would be on the move. That’s good news for a nature ...

Garden Calendar: Fair can help you master your garden

This coming Saturday is the day to get all of your burning gardening questions answered by attending the Douglas County Master Gardeners’ Spring Garden Fair. The fair is a come-and-go event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 21 on the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St. Admission is ...

‘In Plain Sight’ spends final season in the mommy zone

The hand that rocks the cradle has her finger on the trigger. Heavily armed mothers appear to be a trend. Ashley Judd went into action-hero mode Thursday night when her son went “Missing” on ABC. Friday night’s “In Plain Sight” (9 p.m., USA) returns with a mother sporting even more ...

A helicopter mom like a gunship

The bonds between mother and son are stretched to unintentionally laughable lengths in “Missing” (7 p.m., ABC), a new showcase for Ashley Judd.As the title implies, the drama revolves around an intrepid mom, Becca Winstone (Judd), and her efforts to locate her son, Michael, who disappears ...

Every day is Halloween on ‘Monster Man’

Around the time they turn 13, boys are supposed to put their toys away. This never occurred to Cleve Hall, an old-fashioned effects expert for Hollywood films. He’s the “star” of the reality series “Monster Man” (10 p.m., Syfy).If you need a special monster or weird alien for your ...

‘Fashion Star’ is new, yet completely familiar

I have seen the future of television, and it is “Fashion Star” (8:30 p.m., NBC). Not really. But every so often you have to write the “I have seen the future ...” line or they take away your critic license. This began in 1974, when writer Jon Landau claimed he saw the future of rock in ...

River City Jules: Driveway becomes lab at science fair time

My friend Jean pulled into our driveway, laughing as my son shot orange soda out of its bottle all over the garage door.“Science experiment?” she asked.“Yes,” I replied, looking back to our house at what my life had become.Luke, our 10-year-old, had decided Christmas morning, when Santa ...

Everyday Life: The only thing we have to fear …

On Feb. 7, the political activist and philosopher Angela Davis spoke at Kansas University. Toward the end of her speech she talked about abolishing prisons, and I thought: If we close the prisons, how will we protect ourselves from the bad people?And then I read Adam Gopnik’s “The Caging of ...

Fix-It Chick: Give exposed wood a fresh start by removing stains

Black water marks and other dark stains can be removed from wood using oxalic acid. Black stains form when the natural tannic acid in wood comes in contact with moisture and iron. Since most water contains trace amounts of iron, tannin stains are a common problem in exposed wood. Oxalic acid, ...

Faith Forum: How do you observe Lent?

The Rev. Rob Baldwin, pastor, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt.:I am doing things both on an individual level and with the church. On Wednesday evenings I am leading a discussion group on the topic of grace, the gift of love and salvation that we received from God in the life, death and ...