Home & Garden

Garden Variety: Creating amazing containers
May 2, 2015
Container plantings offer an opportunity to wow visitors, brighten up the porch or patio, and provide spring-fall color to the landscape. Creating these amazing displays them is simpler than it sounds – just follow a few simple tips to get gorgeous flower combinations for any setting.
Fix-It Chick: How to eradicate pine sawflies
April 26, 2015
If your pine tree is suddenly infested with a black-headed, Medusa-like worm, fear not — chances are the tree is simply hosting a colony of European Pine Sawfly larvae.
Garden Variety: Check out some seeds at the library
12:00 a.m., April 25, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Gardeners in and around Douglas County have two new resources this spring. The Lawrence Public Library and the Baldwin City Library have opened seed libraries within their facilities to make seeds more accessible to area residents and facilitate the process of seed sharing within the community.
Fix-It Chick: Control wasps in 4 easy steps
April 19, 2015
Contrary to common belief, wasps are actually beneficial insects. Mitigate potential wasp problems with these four easy steps.
Garden Variety: Now’s the time to plant asparagus
April 18, 2015
The modern conveniences of grocery stores and worldwide shipping make it easy to get almost any kind of produce any time of year, but some fruits and veggies, including asparagus, just taste better when picked up fresh and local.
Fix-It Chick: Choose the right shovel for the job
April 12, 2015
When it comes to shovels, calling a spade a spade is not nearly as important as knowing which shovel will work best for each individual job. Follow these steps before you dig.
Garden Variety: Options to cover bare spots on your lawn
12:00 a.m., April 11, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
Now that the garden is coming back to life, bare spots in the lawn and landscape are painfully obvious again. Here are some options for those difficult sites.
Fix-It Chick: Extend the life of house paint in 10 steps
April 5, 2015
Painting the exterior of a home is a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. A simple top to bottom home maintenance schedule can extend the life of your current paint job and save you time and money in the long run.
Garden Variety: Celebrating tulips
12:00 a.m., April 4, 2015 Updated 10:34 p.m.
Tulips are one of the surest signs of spring, emerging just after cheery yellow daffodils and just before the bulk of the landscape spreads its leaves.
Fix-It Chick: Hay vs. straw — what’s right for your needs?
March 29, 2015
Farmers and ranchers know the difference between hay and straw, but the average homeowner often confuses the two. Understanding the differences and benefits of each will help you make a decision on which product to choose.
Garden Variety: Organic fertilizer options
March 28, 2015
Gardeners who want to grow organically face a few extra challenges when selecting fertilizer, although with a little extra care the nutrients that plants need can still be provided at a reasonable cost. The biggest challenges are understanding the need for fertilization (or lack of), recognizing organic sources, and deciphering the supply chain.
Spring home and garden: Succulents can brighten interiors, exteriors
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:00 p.m.
With an endless array of interesting shapes and colors, and the nearly foolproof care requirements of good sun and well-drained soil, succulents are a popular choice for dressing up windowsills and sunny indoor tables. As spring warms into summer, succulent fans also have the option of using these easy plants outdoors.
Spring home and garden: Consider open shelving for kitchens
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 09:59 p.m.
While some prefer to keep the contents of their kitchen tucked safely behind the privacy of cabinet doors, the option of replacing traditional kitchen cabinets with open shelves that display dishes and pantry items has caught on with many.
Spring home and garden: New plants for eastern Kansas in 2015
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 09:59 p.m.
With hundreds of new varieties of plants released each year, gardeners looking to try something new are faced with the difficult task of discerning which varieties are really different and improved. The easiest way to avoid the guessing game is to rely on unbiased organizations that test and recommend varieties. One such organization is All-America Selections (AAS), a non-profit that performs nationwide field trials of new vegetables and annual flowers.
Spring home and garden: Add edibles to the landscape
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 09:58 p.m.
Raising a few veggies and herbs is a growing trend, although for new gardeners the idea of creating a garden might seem overwhelming. Space and sunlight are also limiting factors, but there are ways to work around them. They key is to think outside the box of a traditional vegetable garden.

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