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#Living

Let’s Cook: Back to School with Bananas

This is the time of year when I think back on attending school and all the traditions associated with that time period. Recently, I witnessed a woman cleaning her outside windows and it immediately reminded me of how this fall task was done in our home. It often happened when one could feel ...

Help for weather-stressed lawns

The extreme heat and drought of 2021 across much of the country has turned many lawns brown. Damaged lawns may be thin, contain dead patches or are overrun with weeds. Fall is a good time to improve the health and appearance of a weather-worn lawn. Start the process by evaluating the damage. ...

Designing gardens for year-round color, protecting your investment

Create a colorful year-round garden filled with flowers, greenery, colorful fruit, fall color, winter interest and a few surprises. Consider seasonal interest when planning a new garden or landscape. Adding a few key plants to existing gardens can help boost your landscape’s seasonal ...

Let’s Cook: Veggies bring you Beauty, Health and Flavor

Whether you live in a mansion or a purple cottage by the road, your home is the background for your personality. I was blessed to have a mother who taught me this. It was the reason that she purchased an antique drum table with pedestal mount and claw feet and placed it in our living room. ...

Put kitchen scraps, landscape trimmings to work in the garden

Convert landscape and garden trimmings into valuable compost. Incorporate this soil amendment into garden soil to improve drainage in clay soil and increase water-holding ability in fast draining sandy soils. It also promotes healthy plant growth more resistant to insect and disease problems ...

Corn, Zucchini, Tomatoes: Making the most of summer’s bounty

Here we are, in the belly of summer. Time to make the most of the season’s bountiful produce before it’s gone! So let’s talk about three glorious workhorses of the late-summer vegetable garden, farm stand or kitchen: tomatoes, corn and zucchini. Anyone with a garden is working ...