Home & Garden

Fix-It Chick: Repair a yard hydrant
October 1, 2014
A frost-proof yard hydrant is the modern version of an outdoor pitcher pump. These bright colored water spigots are common on farms and large city lots.
Home Style: Be my guest
September 24, 2014
Opening your home to visiting family and friends is a hospitable gesture that saves your guests the expense of staying at a hotel. But ensuring the space you provide guests is welcoming, comfortable and convenient takes forethought and little bit of effort.
Fix-It Chick: 10 projects to get your home ready for fall
September 24, 2014
Fall is the perfect time to check off several items on your home maintenance list.
Garden Variety: Upcoming Farm Tour highlights local agriculture
September 24, 2014
Even the most dedicated gardeners need a break from the garden once in awhile, and the upcoming Kaw Valley Farm Tour offers the perfect opportunity to see what else is growing in the area.
Turn your bedroom into a sanctuary
September 17, 2014
It’s important to have a personal space to unwind that’s away from the rest of the world. That place should be your bedroom, said Dana Niemack, a feng shui interior designer.
Fix-It Chick: Remove textured ‘popcorn’ ceilings
September 17, 2014
Removing textured “popcorn” ceilings is a time-consuming and messy task, but with a lot of elbow grease, smooth ceilings are within reach.
Garden Variety: Upcoming seminars on permaculture
September 17, 2014
Gardeners, wannabe gardeners and anyone else interested in the relationship among plants, humans and the environment should consider attending one of three upcoming seminars sponsored by the local nonprofit Sustainability Action Network.
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.