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Exhibits at this weekend’s home show will target energy savings

Exhibitors at this weekend’s Lawrence Home Show understand that folks don’t necessarily have a bunch of money to spend these days.That’s why they’re emphasizing the savings that homeowners can enjoy by spending a few dollars — OK, even a few hundred or few thousand — to boost energy ...

Garden Calendar: Better gardening through stretching

Ever try to do a little too much gardening on those first glorious days of spring? The shrubs need pruning, mulch needs spreading, and the perennials are just begging to have last year’s foliage removed. You spend all day basking in the sunshine with your hands in the dirt, only to be too ...

Volunteers sought for flower planting

Lawrence Parks and Recreation crews are seeking volunteers to help with downtown flower planting. The city is seeking volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon March 19 to help plant pansies along Massachusetts Street. To volunteer, contact the Parks and Recreation administrative office, 832-3450, or sign ...

Garden Calendar: Tropical plants brighten home in winter

Although there are plenty of different reasons to grow plants inside your home, I think Baldwin City resident Mica Willis expresses it the best. “I just have an awful time in winter not being able to get outside,” Willis says, “and this has been an awful winter for it. The plants help me, ...

Garden Calendar: Pride of Kansas program spotlights easy-to-grow plants

Several years ago I heard a horticulturist say that plants at the garden center are a lot like kittens and puppies. They are little, cute, you want to take them all home, and often you are unaware of what you are actually getting. Even avid gardeners may succumb to the new and exciting flower ...

Garden Calendar: No-till techniques

No-till vegetable gardening?No-till better for soil healthRototillers are a wondrous tool for soil improvement to many gardeners, but some people are leaving the tiller behind for old-fashioned no-till techniques.Yes, I said no-till. As in: No rototillers allowed. Soil structure is left intact. ...