Home & Garden

Fix-It Chick: Proper leather care
February 15, 2015
When it comes to caring for leather, knowing what type of leather you have is imperative for proper maintenance.
Garden Variety: Grow your own pineapple
February 13, 2015
If you are ready for a fun winter gardening project, try growing your own pineapple plant. The process to get one started is simple, and the bragging rights over the homegrown fruit are priceless.
Fix-It Chick: Choose the right caulk gun in 7 steps
09:57 p.m., February 8, 2015 Updated 07:55 p.m.
With so many choices available today, choosing the right caulk gun can be almost as difficult as choosing the right caulk. Here are a few things to look for when purchasing a caulk gun.
Garden Variety: Kaw Valley Seed Fair offers chance to grow planting options
10:59 p.m., February 6, 2015 Updated 10:58 p.m.
Before catalogs and garden centers put hundreds of choices at gardeners’ and farmers’ fingertips, seeds were saved back each year to produce the following year’s crop. But if you only grew a few species, how could you add diversity to your garden or crops? Perhaps the easiest way was to trade with a friend or neighbor.
Fix-It Chick: 10 versatile uses for beeswax
February 1, 2015
When bees eat honey, they make beeswax. Beeswax is safe to eat, will not spoil and is arguably one of the most versatile home improvement products nature provides. Here are a few ways to “fix it” with beeswax.
Garden Variety: Companion plantings can help deter insects
January 30, 2015
Ask an experienced vegetable gardener about companion plantings, and you are likely to get one side of a story.
Fix-It Chick: How to choose the right snowblower
January 25, 2015
Shoveling snow is fun the first few times you do it, but soon the novelty wears out, your back begins to hurt and you realize there has to be a better way. For many, a snowthrower or a snowblower is the answer.
Garden Variety: 5 essential garden tools
January 23, 2015
Whether you are gardening for the first time this season or a seasoned professional, having the right tool can make any garden chore easier.
Fix-It Chick: Choose the right paint color in 9 steps
January 18, 2015
When considering a paint project, choosing the right color may be the most difficult part of the job. A few simple steps can make the process a little easier.
Garden Variety: Protect your home from winter bugs
January 17, 2015
Insects likely find your home as inviting as you do, and the various species of moths and beetles that enjoy plant materials may also make their way into your kitchen.
Fix-It Chick: Replace a wood burning stove gasket
January 11, 2015
Wood-burning stoves require a tight seal around their door for optimal efficiency. Replacing a worn-out fiberglass gasket is an important part of stove maintenance.
Garden Variety: Witch hazel adds color to your winter garden
12:00 a.m., January 10, 2015 Updated 09:53 p.m.
Gardeners often talk of season-long color and interest in their gardens, but many feel limited with ornamental grasses, colorful fruits, and decorative bark as the only options for sprucing up the landscape in winter.
Fix-It Chick: Replacing firebricks
January 4, 2015
Replacing broken or missing firebricks ensures the safe operation and prolonged life of a stove or fireplace.
Garden Variety: Resolutions for gardeners
January 2, 2015
The arrival of a new year for many people means making goals for personal and professional improvement. For gardeners, here are a few ideas for the resolution list.
Garden Variety: Feeding birds in winter
December 25, 2014
Birds fend for themselves very well, but providing a little extra food for them in the winter can be an entertaining hobby for nature and bird enthusiasts.