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Time to tidy up

Whew! This past gardening season might well be one for the record books.Nonetheless, we have endured and so did our gardens, more or less. But, by now our gardens are well on their way to dormancy, save for the fall bloomers.Lest we turn our thoughts to indoor activities too quickly, remember a ...

Here are planting tips for spring show

One of the most welcome sights after a long, drab winter is a mass planting of spring-flowering bulbs. However, these show-stopping displays begin long before the warm days of April and May. Late September through October is the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs such as crocus, tulips and ...

Magazine’s ComposTumbler waste of time, energy, money

Every week lately, when I've emerged from the den after writing my column, I've been met with a cold, hard stare and the question, "Did you do it yet? Did you finally come clean?"The grand inquisitor is my significant other, who is relishing the fact that the ComposTumbler I bought last year ...

Fabric bags a fun way to give gifts

Early in the holiday season I am always full of plans.In September, I'm positive I'm going to make my kids' Halloween costumes. But on the weekend before trick or treat, I'm at the nearest discount store trying to cobble something creative out of what's left over.Last year my son was Rugrats ...

Pumpkins perk up fall decorating

Autumn decorating for your home is fun and natural, when you use items such as colorful Indian corn, gourds, miniature and full-size pumpkins and shocks of wheat.But part of the season calls for no-holds-barred whimsy, when the bootiful and spooktacular spirit of Halloween takes over. You can ...

Women getting involved in home improvements

Move over, gentlemen. You've got company on home-improvement projects.According to Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, women have muscled their way into the traditionally male bastion of projects, improvements and repairs.In a national survey of women homeowners, 94 percent say they've completed ...

Totally toadlily

Overshadowed by more popular autumn blooming plants like mums and asters and passed over because of its name, the toadlily plant (Tricyrtis hirta) sometimes gets lost in the fall shuffle. However, this hardy perennial deserves a place in the fall garden.Toadlily is an attractive plant from its ...

Damage control: fall period critical to rebuilding lawn

Unfortunately, we are ending an unusually dry summer with and unusually dry fall.The lack of rain has made it difficult to overseed and fertilize cool season lawns. Nevertheless, it is time to start helping what is left of the lawns recover. Cool weather and timely rains are the stimulus for ...

Toppings add flavor, calories to spuds

Potatoes often get a bad rap for being fattening. When people go on diets, potatoes are one of the first things to go, as if potatoes are some sort of guilty pleasure that will make or break a weight-loss plan.This is strange reasoning indeed. Given the choice between blowing a diet over a ...

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 ...