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Treatment necessary to counter ants

For many of us, our homes are safe, warm and perfect for raising families. Unfortunately, many pests have realized this as well.As we move into spring, pests, such as ants, may become a problem. They are actively looking for food or a new place to nest -- a search that could find your home. So, ...

Sunlight, moisture help bulbs stay alive

Many gardeners can't bear to discard bulbs after they have been forced to blossom in winter. That is the usual recommendation for what to do with these plants because they cannot be forced to bloom again.Spring-flowering bulbs are so easy to bring into flower their first time because their ...

Owners should consider buying plenty of insurance

Do owners of an in-ground swimming pool need extra liability insurance? If so, how much, and what are some options? I've had an umbrella policy for years, but now teenage drivers in the family are making that costly. Are there ways to insure against the liability of only the pool?It's probably ...

Farmers pool produce to meet needs of growing customer base

For the past 10 years, a collective of diehard vegetable gardeners has been pooling their harvests to provide paid subscribers with a weekly bag of organically grown produce.The Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance, which serves about 300 customers in the Lawrence and Kansas City areas each ...

Victorian garden goes organic

Audley End, England ? A subtle bend in a high red brick wall holds a clue to the ingenuity built into the kitchen garden at one of Britain's great stately homes."See that? It's deliberate," says head gardener Mike Thurlow. "The Victorians built it that way to trap the sun -- that part of the ...

Makeshift greenhouses satisfy cravings

Winter has been long, cold and dry this season. Coupled with the uncertainties in our world, I crave for things familiar, serene and safe. I long for my shady, green garden, soon to be alive with my favorite plants. I look forward to the excitement of newly discovered plants.So, with March ...

Mowing height can influence spring grass

My itchy, watery eyes and runny nose mean spring has arrived. Soon it will be time to fire up the lawn mower and the trimmer. This time of year, I always hear discussions about two basic lawn care practices: "How low should I mow?" and "should I fertilize my lawn now?" Both practices can have ...

Potatoes, onions thrive in cooler temperatures

Temperatures spiked into the 70s during the weekend, just in time for the unofficial start of the vegetable gardening season. The week of St. Patrick's Day has been written into the gardener's mental calendar as the time for planting potatoes and onions, although they still can go into the ...

Feeding frenzy

Winter is for the birds.They come for the food, and, in some cases, for the hospitality, as well.Joyce Hall has been fascinated with birds since she was a child and watched them as she walked home from school.Hall, 67, is a founding member of the Fresno, Calif., chapter of the Audubon Society. ...

Squeaky doors, creaky floors easy to repair

Squeaky doors and creaky floors make wonderful sound effects for scary movies. They heighten our suspense and add to the drama of the scene.But for homeowners, noises that come with aging houses and expanding or contracting joists are annoying.Fluctuating temperature and humidity cause ...

Selection, location critical for starting plants indoors

The days are getting longer and the spring flowering bulbs are starting to push their heads through the thawing soil. Soon it will be spring -- in full force. It is time, once again, to turn our attention toward gardening.With so many different flowers and vegetables for gardeners to try, it ...

Encyclopedia’s 11th edition puts spin on Irish spud

Some 20 years ago I was sitting in a research seminar on English literature when the faculty member in charge began sermonizing on the virtues of the 11th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. When it appeared in 1911, this particular edition was noteworthy for its lengthy entries filled ...

Bathroom makeovers refreshing

Certainly, bathrooms have come a long way through the centuries and bear little resemblance to the outhouses of our American past. For one, the location has changed.By now, generations of Americans have become accustomed to indoor bathrooms. The new location offers incredible convenience and ...

Functional columns elegant

Columbia, S.C. ? Columns aren't just for the front porch anymore.All sorts of columns are making their way into new homes, lending a bit of traditional style to today's open floor plans."Most of new construction now is very open. Columns can designate the beginnings and endings of rooms," said ...

Proper pruning creates beautiful, bigger roses

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. ? Bob Little takes a week's vacation in early March to tend to some serious needs at his home in Hampton, Va.He dons a carpenter-style apron and kneepads and arms himself with the tools of his hobby: bypass hand pruners, small pruning saw, wire brush, clear-drying white glue ...

Surgery creates desire to garden through others

When I agreed about seven years ago to begin writing this weekly column, I negotiated a compromise. I would write about food as long as I also could write about vegetable gardening, which was my real passion. Hence, the column was titled Kitchen and Garden.What intrigues me more than the ...

Timing critical for spring blooming bulbs

A light snow cover combined with near record cold temperatures can not change the fact spring is right around the corner. After enjoying a rather mild winter, the recent shift in temperatures was a rude awakening to what our climate should be like.Nevertheless, as the soil begins to warm, many ...

Overlooking history

Elliot Perry's loft in downtown Memphis, Tenn., overlooks the National Civil Rights Museum housed in the Lorraine Motel.Owning a building near the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King was shot in 1968 is important to Perry, a former NBA basketball player."My grandfather marched on a number of ...

Surgery rekindles rib recipe

Lately I've been forced to give more thought to ribs than I might otherwise. That's because I recently learned I must have one removed. The 10th one on the left side, in case you're curious.As a product of the American educational system of the 1960s and 1970s, when the concept of general ...

Garden, home show inspires visitors

After buying property with two water gardens on it, Steve and Linda Bruce needed to learn how to take care of them.So Saturday they were among hundreds of people who showed up for the third annual Lawn, Garden and Home Show at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, East 21st and Harper ...