Home & Garden

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.
Fix-It Chick: How to control bindweed
August 6, 2014
Bindweed is a pernicious weed with arrowhead-shaped leaves and white to pink flowers. The only way to completely rid yourself of bindweed, the scourge of farmers and gardeners alike, is to move or to die. Persistent management can help control this deep-rooted nuisance.
Fix-It Chick: 11 things you need in your toolbox
July 30, 2014
Whether you are a homeowner, a renter or just a kid going off to college, having a properly stocked tool box is the key to Fix-It happiness.
Garden Variety: New blooms for old irises
July 30, 2014
Irises are by far one of the easiest and most reliable plants to grow in Kansas, but sometimes a hidden insect pest affects their ability to bloom.
Consistent rain, mild temperatures make for good produce-growing season
July 29, 2014
Favorable weather conditions have many local gardeners and produce growers overflowing in fruits and vegetables this year. A mix of consistent rains and not-too-hot temperatures have made this an above-average growing season locally, horticulture experts say. By Giles Bruce
Garden Variety: Plants to avoid if you have pets
July 23, 2014
Are pets and plants compatible? They can be, but plant lovers who also care for cats and dogs should be aware of the risks of keeping both in the same household.