Home & Garden

Permaculture leader to offer talks, workshop in Lawrence
September 15, 2014
A permaculture expert will be in Lawrence next week to talk about and offer a workshop on the movement.
Fix-It Chick: Cut threads with a tap or die
September 10, 2014
Taps and dies are great for cutting new threads or repairing old threads on metals, plastics and other hard materials. Taps cut threads on the inside of holes and dies cut threads on the outside of rods.
Garden Variety: Re-blooming poinsettias
September 10, 2014
Remember the pretty poinsettia you picked up last winter to make your home or office a little more festive for the holidays? Poinsettias can be kept year-round, but they need a little special treatment in the fall to bloom again.
Garden Variety: Getting the lawn in shape
September 3, 2014
Whether you want a perfectly sculpted lawn or just enough grass to prevent erosion and keep down the weeds, the next four to six weeks is the most important time of year for lawn care.
Fix-It Chick: Install a wooden screen door
September 3, 2014
Installing a wooden screen door instead of a typical storm door is an affordable option to your ventilation needs.
Fix-It Chick: Replace a Delta Monitor shower cartridge
August 27, 2014
Replacing the cartridge on your Delta Monitor single handle shower faucet is a simple and affordable way to eliminate annoying leaks, drips and a host of other problems.
Garden Variety: The root of the problem
August 27, 2014
When tree roots push above the soil surface, they can make it difficult to maintain a lawn or other groundcover. But chopping them out, piling mounds of soil over them, or shaving off the tops of the roots can impair the livelihood of the tree. To get trees and lawns (or other plants) to coexist, the best solution is to understand what is causing the problem in the first place.
Home Style: Getting your decor in touch with nature
August 27, 2014
Here’s a simple home-decorating plan: Spend a lot of time outdoors, connect with your surrounding by noticing and collecting natural pieces along the way, arrange those items around your home in a way that feels good.
Mad for midcentury modern: the retro room makeover
August 20, 2014
Characterized by simplicity, clean lines and sleek form, midcentury modern is considered the edited interior design style; its key motto is “less is more.” Here is some decorating advice from some experts of the style.
Fix-It Chick: Use a block and tackle
August 20, 2014
If you have a heavy load to lift, using a series of pulleys and a rope, otherwise known as a block and tackle, will give you a mechanical advantage roughly equal to the number of pulleys used.
Garden Variety: Tougher poison ivy
August 20, 2014
Can poison ivy really get any worse? For gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts who regularly encounter poison ivy, the rumors that the plant is becoming more abundant are starting to look true.
Garden Variety: Saving flowers for winter decor
August 14, 2014
A couple of years ago, I made it a habit to cut bouquets from my garden throughout the summer. Even a small arrangement on the corner of a desk or the middle of the dining room table brightened the time spent on chores that prevented me from being outdoors. This summer, I am taking it a step further by drying some of the blossoms for fall and winter decorations.
Fix-It Chick: Install a pre-hung interior door
August 14, 2014
Installing an interior pre-hung door is best accomplished with two people, a large box of shims and a box of 10d finish nails.
Window-restoration ‘boot camp’ coming to Lecompton’s Constitution Hall
August 8, 2014
The Kansas Historical Society, with funding from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council, will host a window-restoration boot camp next month in Lecompton. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 through 19, restoration expert Bob Yapp will guide participants in the weatherization and restoration of nine complete, double-hung windows in Lecompton’s Constitution Hall, 319 Elmore St.
Garden Variety: Summer flowering bulbs
August 6, 2014
If you take a walk around the neighborhood to get ideas for your garden, the plants putting on their greatest show this month are summer-flowering bulbs.