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Barrel workshop participants outfitted for rainy days
05:18 p.m., March 29, 2014 Updated 08:24 a.m.
About two dozen participants filed through an assembly line inside a Douglas County Fairgrounds building during the third annual rain barrel workshop Saturday. The Sunflower State Professionals chapter of Engineers Without Borders again collaborated with the Douglas County Kansas State Research and Extension office and Douglas County Master Gardeners to host the workshop. By Stephen Montemayor
Spring cleaning checklist by room
March 27, 2014
With vibrant flowers making their debut and warm rays of sun blanketing our yards, it’s time to give our homes the refresher it needs with some spring cleaning. Tackling a whole home’s worth of tasks can be a bit overwhelming, but cutting it down into a list of must-hit tasks, you’ll find taking it one room at a time is less demanding than you think. Head to the store and rack up necessary supplies (or use household items), put on your rubber gloves, and get set to clean! By Nadia Imafidon
Fix-It Chick: Springtime myths debunked
March 20, 2014
Facts and fiction when it comes to getting your yard ready for spring.
Garden Variety: The right time to prevent crabgrass
March 20, 2014
Crabgrass preventers are herbicides. The germinating seed takes up some of the herbicide and is killed. These herbicides work well on the target crabgrass seed, but the same herbicide works on almost any other seed that is germinating during the chemicals’ effective life. You cannot apply crabgrass preventer and overseed your lawn in the same season.
9 unusual solutions for sticky situations
March 13, 2014
It’s happened to everyone: You’re halfway through scrubbing your kitchen or about to do a quick spot cleanup and realize you’ve run out of whatever cleaning product you need to get the job done. Now you’ve got to make a special trip to the store. Fret not: Your kitchen and bathroom are already full of items that can fill in and clean up most messy situations. By Nadia Imafidon
Garden Variety: Time to plant potatoes
March 13, 2014
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so we know it is time to get our seed potatoes in the ground. Actually any time from mid- to late-March is fine for potato planting.
Fix-It Chick: How to install window blinds
March 13, 2014
Installing mini-blinds is an easy way to update the look of any room, add privacy and increase energy efficiency.
Garden Variety: Woody plants that can bloom indoors
March 6, 2014
Ward Upham, extension associate with Kansas State University, published a well-quoted article in 2007 that still retains the essence of this procedure: “My spring fever is getting higher as we are tempted by the few warm days. There is an aspirin that we can use.”
Fix-It Chick: Install a shower kit on a claw-foot tub
March 6, 2014
Installing a claw-foot tub shower kit is an easy and straightforward project. The key is having a tub that is positioned so the ceiling and wall support brackets will hold the shower curtain rod at an appropriate height and location.
Building your own KU basketball shrine
February 27, 2014
The passion of a Jayhawk fan generally extends far beyond Allen Fieldhouse and find its way into the home. Some make collages of ticket stubs, quilts of KU T-shirts and displays of signed memorabilia; some dedicate entire rooms in the house to our beloved basketball players; and some have a 400-pound Jayhawk in their foyer. Here are eight ways to take your dedication to the Kansas basketball team from Allen Fieldhouse and extend it to the home with a DIY shrine. By Nadia Imafidon
Garden Variety: Time to prune deciduous shrubs
February 27, 2014
Gardeners are eager to get out and do something in the landscape this time of year. One chore that can be taken care of now is pruning certain shrubs. Often, gardeners approach pruning with trepidation, but it is not as difficult as it may seem. Remember, not all shrubs need to be pruned (i.e. witch hazel), and certain shrubs, which will be identified later, should not be pruned this time of year. By Stan Ring
Garden Variety: Fluorescent lights for indoor gardeners
February 20, 2014
Many gardeners use fluorescent lights to start young vegetable and flower plants during the spring or to grow certain houseplants all year long. And no, you do not need the special “grow” lights for this.
Fix-It Chick: Use a maul to split wood
February 20, 2014
With the right tools and a little practice, splitting wood can be fun and rewarding.
Fix-It Chick: Ssafely clean masonry with acid
February 13, 2014
Using muriatic acid to clean masonry surfaces is an effective and dangerous venture. Follow these steps to ensure the safety and effectiveness of your project.
9 small ways to spruce up your bathroom
February 6, 2014
Looking to give your bathroom a face-lift? If you’re rather underwhelmed by a room that is often not given enough attention, it’s not as time-consuming as you might think to spruce up this space with a few fun items found around town. Whether fashionable and/or functional, here are nine low-cost ways to refresh your bathroom without spending thousands of remodeling dollars. By Nadia Imafidon