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Tool Time Television Shows About Gardening And Home Improvement Inundate The Airwaves

The number and scope of home improvement and decorating television shows continue to grow. In fact, an entire TV network - Home & Garden Television (HGTV) - devoted to shows about gardening, decorating, home repairs and tours of celebrity homes, for example, began broadcasting Dec. 30.

While HGTV is not yet available through our regional cable systems, there are still a number of weekly TV programs about home repair, renovation, decorating and gardening on other networks.

Leading the list, of course, is “This Old House,” with former Spokane resident Steve Thomas and carpenter Norm Abrams as co-hosts. This PBS show set the standard for home restoration shows which followed. “This Old House” is broadcast at 5:30 p.m. Sundays and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays on KSPS-Channel 7.

Other regular home and garden shows include “Hometime,” broadcast at 4:30 p.m. Sundays and noon Tuesdays on Channel 7; “Martha Stewart Living,” at 8:30 a.m. Sundays on KXLY-Channel 4; and “Bob Vila’s Home Again,” at 9 a.m. Sundays on KXLY.

All aboard: In the depths of winter it’s pleasant to fantasize about living on a boat sailing the warm seas somewhere else in the world.

A trio of boat shows runs indoors this week - at the Kootenai County and Spokane Interstate fairgrounds, and at the Spokane Convention Center.

Or, to board floating boats and fill out the details of that sailing fantasy, head to Seattle later this month. The 17th annual Northwest Boats Afloat Show runs Jan. 13-22 at Chandler’s Cove at the south end of Lake Union in Seattle. The 125 boats in the show include ocean cruisers and yachts as well as sailboats. For more information, call (206) 323-2405.

Tree doc: Tree limbs can become brittle in the bitter cold and winds may snap them off. Often the wounded tree can be saved if it is properly cared for.

A trained arborist will know where to trim the broken limb, how to reshape the tree and what care is needed to prevent insects from entering the wound.

To find a knowledgable arborist, check the phone directory under Trees, Tree Service or Tree Care Service. The International Society of Arboriculture will provide a free list of certified arborists in the United States and Canada; call (217) 355-9411 for more information.

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