Home & Garden

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.
Fix-It Chick: Build a French drain
July 23, 2014
French drains are named after Harold French, the Massachusetts farmer who invented them. They are basically channels filled with gravel that direct water down and away from your home and property. Installing a French drain can be back-breaking work, but it is a relatively easy fix to a soggy problem.
Fix-It Chick: Install a smarter lockset
July 16, 2014
Installing a Kwikset SmartKey lockset can increase security and save money.
Fix-It Chick: Waterproof a concrete floor
July 9, 2014
Drylok Clear Masonry Waterproofer is one of the first non-pigmented products designed specifically for use on bare cement floors and other surfaces. Applying a waterproofing product such as this on basement floors can create a vapor barrier beneath adhesives and new flooring, and it can reduce seepage caused by hydrostatic pressure.
Garden Variety: Looking for an easy fruit to grow? Try blackberries
July 9, 2014
If you have been enjoying the flavor of sweet, delicate blackberries that are in season right now in much of the Midwest, you will be happy to know the plants are a great addition to your garden. They are really the easiest fruit to grow in Kansas.
Garden Variety: With mimosa trees, don’t just think pink
July 2, 2014
Mimosa trees in the Lawrence area are in full glory right now with their unrivaled fluffy, fragrant pink blossoms.