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Fix-It Chick: How to eradicate wild onions from your yard
April 17, 2014
If your lawn is filled with tufts of bright-green, waxy, smelly foliage, it may be time to get out the shovel and start digging. Wild onions are invasive plants, spreading year to year both from seed and bulb. A multi-tiered plan of action is the best way to eradicate wild onions.
Garden Variety: It’s time for asparagus
April 17, 2014
Asparagus is one of those vegetables where freshness is incredibly important. If you have never eaten asparagus fresh out of the garden, try it. It may convince you to grow some of your own.
Patience needed for Lawrence early spring gardening
April 11, 2014
As new grass sprouts from the ground and leaves begin to return to trees, gardeners should try to exercise a little patience when it comes to their own yards.
Garden Variety: Spring Fair can help you master your garden
April 10, 2014
As Master Gardener Jim Harmon says, the Douglas County Master Gardener Spring Fair “is an excellent educational opportunity for anyone who wants to learn about gardening.”
Fix-It Chick: Install a 3-way switch, Part II
April 10, 2014
When the power source runs directly to a light fixture rather than to its switch, you can wire in a second switch for the light fixture by following these 10 steps.
Garden Variety: Controlling early spring weeds
April 3, 2014
Two specific weeds seem to become nemeses to gardeners first in the growing season: dandelion and henbit. Both, in quantity, produce lush purple or yellow casts to open fields and, at the same, a singular eyesore in our space.
Barrel workshop participants outfitted for rainy days
05:18 p.m., March 29, 2014 Updated 08:24 a.m.
About two dozen participants filed through an assembly line inside a Douglas County Fairgrounds building during the third annual rain barrel workshop Saturday. The Sunflower State Professionals chapter of Engineers Without Borders again collaborated with the Douglas County Kansas State Research and Extension office and Douglas County Master Gardeners to host the workshop. By Stephen Montemayor
Spring cleaning checklist by room
March 27, 2014
With vibrant flowers making their debut and warm rays of sun blanketing our yards, it’s time to give our homes the refresher it needs with some spring cleaning. Tackling a whole home’s worth of tasks can be a bit overwhelming, but cutting it down into a list of must-hit tasks, you’ll find taking it one room at a time is less demanding than you think. Head to the store and rack up necessary supplies (or use household items), put on your rubber gloves, and get set to clean! By Nadia Imafidon
Fix-It Chick: Springtime myths debunked
March 20, 2014
Facts and fiction when it comes to getting your yard ready for spring.
Garden Variety: The right time to prevent crabgrass
March 20, 2014
Crabgrass preventers are herbicides. The germinating seed takes up some of the herbicide and is killed. These herbicides work well on the target crabgrass seed, but the same herbicide works on almost any other seed that is germinating during the chemicals’ effective life. You cannot apply crabgrass preventer and overseed your lawn in the same season.
9 unusual solutions for sticky situations
March 13, 2014
It’s happened to everyone: You’re halfway through scrubbing your kitchen or about to do a quick spot cleanup and realize you’ve run out of whatever cleaning product you need to get the job done. Now you’ve got to make a special trip to the store. Fret not: Your kitchen and bathroom are already full of items that can fill in and clean up most messy situations. By Nadia Imafidon
Garden Variety: Time to plant potatoes
March 13, 2014
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so we know it is time to get our seed potatoes in the ground. Actually any time from mid- to late-March is fine for potato planting.
Fix-It Chick: How to install window blinds
March 13, 2014
Installing mini-blinds is an easy way to update the look of any room, add privacy and increase energy efficiency.
Garden Variety: Woody plants that can bloom indoors
March 6, 2014
Ward Upham, extension associate with Kansas State University, published a well-quoted article in 2007 that still retains the essence of this procedure: “My spring fever is getting higher as we are tempted by the few warm days. There is an aspirin that we can use.”
Fix-It Chick: Install a shower kit on a claw-foot tub
March 6, 2014
Installing a claw-foot tub shower kit is an easy and straightforward project. The key is having a tub that is positioned so the ceiling and wall support brackets will hold the shower curtain rod at an appropriate height and location.

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