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Garden Variety: Gifts for gardeners can be wide-ranging

Do you have a gardener or aspiring gardener on your holiday gift list this year? Are you a gardener or aspiring gardener and looking for a special treat for yourself? Winter, and the holiday season especially, is a great time to shop for garden tools and supplies, indoor plants, books, and ...

Garden Variety: Make sure your plants have proper lighting indoors

Lighting is one of the biggest challenges to maintaining healthy plants indoors, and the shortened days of fall and winter make these seasons the toughest. Fortunately, plant-appropriate supplemental lighting has improved in recent years and is more energy-efficient, affordable and ...

Couple transformed gutted historic Haskell Row home into modern farmhouse

Ashley and Aaron Weigel were living in Olathe when they heard about a gutted property for sale on a two-acre lot in Lawrence. At first, they imagined the home would be an investment they could turn into a rental property. But once they saw it in person, they knew they wanted to live there — ...

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Crave: Pandemic has taken a bite out of the seafood market

PORTLAND, MAINE — The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species. Those are the findings of a group of scientists who sought to quantify the damage of the pandemic on America’s seafood ...

Crave: A wintry brunch menu

This festive brunch menu is as colorful as it is flavorful, and it makes great use of seasonal ingredients. Winter greens, bell peppers, onions, pumpkin, cranberries and more provide sweet and savory flavors, guaranteed to please friends and family. While hosting a brunch can be stressful ...

Holiday Happenings 2020: What to go, see and do this season

      We’ve all had a challenging, uncertain year, but there’s still some room for some holiday cheer. Mass. Street is going to be merry & bright as you pick up gifts curbside by colorful lights. And artists & makers are doing their share, but the best gift this ...

Crave: A variety of seasonal soups

Homemade soups are the perfect comfort food, satisfying even the hungriest of appetites. They offer the flexibility of cooking with what you have on hand, and there are no rules when it comes to the ingredients. Plus, soups can be made in short order with minimal cleanup, making for the ...

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Garden Variety: Reasons to compost yard waste and how to start

Compost is the best soil conditioner available for use in any kind of garden, landscape, or lawn. There are many kinds of compost available for purchase at most garden centers, but it is also easy to make with a little space and time. Making compost saves money and benefits the environment in ...

Garden Variety: Ways to preserve fall leaves

Leaves have started falling from deciduous trees in the Lawrence area, and some admirers might want to pick up a few of the prettiest leaves and take them home. But these small ornaments of fall quickly dry and fade — unless they are preserved or made into art. Pressing leaves is the ...

Garden Variety: Can mums survive the winter? It depends on planting, care

Chrysanthemums, often called mums for short, are the most popular flower for fall color in the landscape in the Midwest. They adorn porches, planters and gardens with their varied hues of gold, orange, pink, red and white and are often paired with other fall favorites such as pumpkins, corn ...

Garden Variety: Monstera plants growing in popularity

Interest in indoor plants has increased steadily in the U.S. over the last several years, and a few specific plants and types of plants are stealing the show. One of these plant groups is Monstera. Basic types of Monstera are widely available, but rare forms sell for hundreds or thousands of ...