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End tables easy to build at home

Sometimes when you are decorating a room you can run into a little problem. You need more stuff (like end tables) but lack the cash to purchase additional items. That's when you get creative and build your own furniture.This simple little end table can be just the ticket. It can be built in a ...

Hiring a home inspector crucial to new buy

Thinking of buying a home? Avoid getting a money pit by having the home professionally inspected from foundation to roof. This process will expose needed repairs. Look for a home inspector with building experience, like a general contractor, architect or engineer. Check the inspector's ...

Family trees

A beautiful garden, green and healthy, grows behind the split rail fence that surrounds the front yard on Lawrence's west side. A welcoming picket fence adds a quaint touch to this property. Beyond the gate, a thick mat of groundcover clusters at the feet of a river birch tree. Persian Shield ...

It’s not easy being evergreen

The heat and drought have been tough on trees especially the evergreens.Spruce, fir and pines are not well adapted to local growing conditions. And a high stress year like this one has led to decline and death.However, there are natural conditions that can look like the trees are dying but ...

Rooms & Roots

This week, Home and Away travels to Dover to visit the 1878 Sage Inn and Stagecoach Station, a Bed & Breakfast that's listed on the National Historic Register and was once a stop on the Oregon Trail.

Bloom boom

By the time late summer rolls around, most gardens have paid dearly.Unrelenting heat, way too little rainfall and winds that seem oven dried have stressed our plants to the max. Yet the garden of Julie Matchette is going strong. Starting along the left side of the front lawn until it fans out ...

To seed or not to seed

Many gardeners consider fall the best time of the year. Warm days and cool nights help rejuvenate an otherwise lackluster landscape. However, sparse rains and late season heat have left many homeowners asking, "Is my lawn still alive?" A logical question as once lush green grass looks brown and ...

Herb growers should be mindful of weather

It's hard for gardeners to think too seriously about winter when the temperatures have been in the 90s, but the average date of the first killing frost is a mere five weeks away. If we grasp nothing else about the weather in Kansas, we need to remember that temperatures can swing from one ...

Late bloomer

Every once in a while, a truly remarkable person crosses your path someone who lingers in your brain long after your encounter. Henry Remple is like that. Soft-spoken and with a fluff of curly white hair, the 93-year-old Remple fascinated me with talk of his life and his garden.For decades ...

Attack of the fruit fly

The hot dry weather has not slowed the fall harvest. Many gardeners are still able to enjoy a vine-ripe tomato or cucumber.Unfortunately, this late in the season when harvesting the produce fresh fruit is not all that is being brought into the home. An abundance of overripe fruit outdoors has ...

Pachamama’s recipe featured in Bon Apetit magazine

For several years I have followed the monthly R.S.V.P. feature in Bon Apetit magazine, in which readers ask the magazine's editors to publish the recipe for some tasty dish that appears on a restaurant menu somewhere. It's free advertising for the restaurant, because the reader wouldn't be ...

Red, green not just for holidays anymore

Even in the middle of summer, I miss the reds and greens of the winter holiday season. To remedy this, I've learned to decorate my home in those colors, the most recognized complementary color scheme out there.Believe me, there is nothing like a red room to give your home a decorator feel. It's ...

Fruitful harvest

One of the nicest things about September is Labor Day, the tribute to workers. The other nice thing is the cool weather of September, the change we so welcome. Gone are the sultry days of August, sapping energy from gardens and gardeners alike. In their place are more comfortable gardening ...

K-31 seed: productive grass maker

The hot summer sun and less-than-normal rainfall have left many lawns in dire need of repair. Luckily, fall is traditionally the ideal time to renovate cool season lawns such as fescue, Bluegrass, and ryegrass. The mild night temperatures and timely rains create the ideal growing condition. ...

Rooms & Roots

This week, "Home and Away" host Cathy Hamilton, right, takes an early look at holiday decorating with Mary Carol Garrity, author of the new book "Nell Hill's Christmas at Home," to be released next month. Garrity will share tips on giving new life to your old holiday decor.

Gardeners dealt difficult season

By the end of August, a vegetable garden is an unsightly thing. I suspect this is why the restrictive covenants in many high-class subdivisions prohibit people from having vegetable gardens.You might think it's because the powers that be fear anyone plowing up the seamless turf that rolls down ...

Don’t forget whimsy when building cabinets

I believe there is room in every home for a whimsical cabinet. Certainly, we can all use a little more storage, and a fantasy cabinet can provide it.When Matt Fox, my partner, and I start a project like this one, we always have an inspiration piece. For our whimsical lighthouse cabinet we had a ...

Power takes over hand tools

What's new in hand tools?Plenty. And the bywords are power and functional design, trends owing to an aging population and the legion of women entering the ranks of do-it-yourselfers.According to one industry expert, the renaissance in hand tools is just now gathering steam."Power has taken over ...

Home tips

You want a way to clean your rain gutters, and the answer lots of elbow grease isn't what you want to hear. We can't help you if your problem is pine needles, but we do have a suggestion if you're dealing with almost all other kinds of leaves.Our secret is gutter screens. Screens attached to ...

Defending your turf

Our lawns have taken a beating this summer, receiving only meager amounts of rain and enduring days of triple-digit temperatures. To make matters worse, no doubt pets, children and other summer fun traffic have trampled to near death a few patches.Besides the impromptu baseball diamonds ...