Slim pickings this summer?

How did your garden grow? Do you still have the taste of summer on your … Read more

How do you repair a hole in vinyl siding?

A rock spits from your lawn mower, hurtling toward the side of your house. Someone … Read more

Armchairs to add style and color to any space

Whether it’s a cozy reading nook or a lullaby chair in a nursery, armchairs are … Read more

Log houses aren’t the only relics here

PITTSBURGH — Hard by a 230-year-old log house, seven barred rock hens nibble on leaves … Read more

Here’s how to choose the right neighborhood for you

How will you know you’ve found the right home to purchase? It’s when you love … Read more

Don’t let a mulch volcano leave your garden in tatters

Autumn is knocking on the door, an optimal time for certain annual tasks in the … Read more

Are ponderosa pine needles bad for soil, plants?

Q: Do ponderosa pine needles make the soil more acidic? A: It’s one of the … Read more

How to dry late summer leaves, flowers

Drying the late summer leaves and flowers for winter use was a skill used by … Read more

Landscaping with wildlife in mind

Finding the right approach to keep animals from terrorizing your garden is no easy feat

Can wildlife and beautiful gardens coexist without a constant application of repellents and/or an 8-foot … Read more

What’s the worm-like thing eating my purple-leaf plum?

Q: What are those greenish, slimy wormlike things eating the top surface of the leaves … Read more

Keep your half-drunk wine fresh. Put a (stylish) cork in it.

Geoff Kruth, a rising star in the wine world who appeared in the 2012 documentary … Read more

Japanese flower boom introduces a mega-weed

Late summer is the time when I must deal with the porcelain berry. This is … Read more

Underground and overwhelmed? Brighten up your basement digs

It's no easy feat to find an affordable apartment in many cities. Renters will scour … Read more

This could be your backyard: 12 homes for sale near national parks

Many of us have visited national parks while on vacation, awed by their grandeur and … Read more

A new look for a new school year

With the end of summer fast approaching, Dallas-based designer Jean Liu decided to give her … Read more

Design trend: Form and function make room for fun

Every year around this time, designers and makers from all over the world show off … Read more

A wise word about water-wise gardening

The past weeks of poor air quality due to the forest fires should remind us … Read more

Why aren’t my tomatoes ripening this summer?

Q: Why aren’t my tomatoes ripening this summer? A: You would think with this relentless … Read more

Three flowers are stinking up the U.S. Botanic Garden

Let the stench frenzy begin. A year after the U.S. Botanic Garden produced a goliath-size … Read more

Transforming office parks into miniature towns

Tenants find conveniences in urban living

From the rooftop terrace of their new townhouse, Keisuke and Idalia Yabe take in their … Read more

Declutter, but don’t toss everything — pass down treasures

Clients will often seek my approval before making a final decision to throw something away, … Read more

Don’t be afraid to think pink in the living room

At first blush, pink might seem like a bold color choice for the living room. … Read more

The hidden world of soil is only beginning to be understood

The gardener has a long, touchy-feely relationship with the soil. As every good cultivator knows, … Read more

Garden tour offers landscaping insights, tips

It is amazing how many gardening phases we travel through when we call ourselves gardeners. … Read more

Turn old junk into Pinterest-worthy gems

Summer is a hard time for me to think about decorating; I mostly turn my … Read more

Muted-down tones, monochrome, beige take the stage for 2017

Following trends can be dangerous in home decor, where rooms are designed to last decades, … Read more

Let your walls talk with patterns

Prints and patterns are the new white, at least when it comes to walls, Washington … Read more

Unusual plants help a Maryland family nursery thrive

At some point in a gardener’s life, you realize that you will never have enough … Read more

This soap is dope

These hand soaps are the best, according to a chef, an artist, a dermatologist and more

There’s a time and a place for getting your hands dirty: cleaning the house, working … Read more

New research shows vinegar can help plants survive drought

A warming climate brings increased risk of droughts for California and a need for more … Read more

3 ways to make it easier to work from home

These gadgets can help ramp up your productivity when working from home

There are a lot of perks to working from home, but one of the drawbacks … Read more

Haskaps could be the next blueberry

OSU Extension testing berry plants for growing in Central Oregon

Summer berry jams are the ultimate gift in my opinion. Last summer, I was gifted … Read more

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