Home & Garden

Fix-It Chick: Proper care for granite countertops
March 15, 2015
When it comes to the proper care and maintenance of granite countertops, there is a lot of misinformation floating around. Follow these simple steps to keep countertops shiny and bright.
Garden Variety: How to help out honey bees
12:00 a.m., March 14, 2015 Updated 08:43 p.m.
Anyone who likes to eat should care about honey bees.
Fix-It Chick: Seal a pipe joint with oakum
March 9, 2015
Oakum is a loosely twisted rope-like material made from oiled jute or hemp fibers. Traditionally manufactured in prisons or workhouses by disassembling old rope lengths and rubbing the strands with pine tar or oil, oakum was a staple in boat building and pipe assembly for many years. In some situations using oakum to seal a cast-iron pipe joint is still a viable option.
Garden Variety: Garden plot preparation
March 7, 2015
With spring right around the corner, the upcoming warmer days are a great time to start a new garden or get an old one ready for planting.
Fix-It Chick: How to repair a toilet’s closet flange
March 1, 2015
Beneath the bathroom toilet, covered with a layer of wax, lies one of the more important pieces of the plumbing puzzle: the closet flange.
Garden Variety: The right way to prune grapevines
February 28, 2015
Just like the informal communication system, the grapevines growing in your backyard can get a little unruly if left to their own devices.
Fix-It Chick: Dormant season lawn seeding
February 22, 2015
With winter nearly over and spring just around the corner, the urge to plant grass seed is hard to resist.
Garden Variety: Spring vegetable seeding and planting calendar
February 21, 2015
Garden centers are starting to gear up for spring, and some of the first things to hit the shelves are seeds and their companion starting kits.
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.