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In the Garden: The right tools make gardening accessible to all

Gardening can be such a delightful and rewarding pastime. If you’ve been pursuing this activity for a long time, don’t forget to take care of yourself. The aging process and injuries can take the fun out of the gardening activities we’ve always enjoyed. You may find that you have less strength in your hands.
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Ask the Builder: Think before cutting the cord

UPDATED: Sat., May 21, 2022

Do you have a love affair with power tools? If so, my guess is you may have succumbed to the sirens’ songs luring you into the Sea of Cordless Tools. Before you become mesmerized by the nymphs’ sweet voices, I suggest you check your heading and go hard to starboard before dashing your boat on the rocks.

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Gardening: Nursery beds can help young plants grow

Wow, in the 40 years I’ve lived here, I don’t remember having as cold a spring like this. Here it is the middle of May and the only thing really up and going in my garden are the daffodils and hellebores. The sweet potato slips I got last week are shivering in a holding pot until the ground warms up a bit. The upside to the cool weather is that the weeds are up but they aren’t going crazy yet so there is time to catch them.
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In the Garden: Water conservation – be wise with your landscape

Now that we’re off and running with a new garden season, it’s a good time to be thinking of ways to conserve water. I have written about this important topic in the past, but I believe that we all need reminders to develop good habits. We’re so used to turning on the faucet and being instantly rewarded with water.
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Ask the Builder: Bringing stamped concrete back to life

If you’ve witnessed hundreds and hundreds of full moons in your lifetime and make frequent use of your critical-thinking skills, you know the sun is constantly at work ruining things inside and outside your home. One of these might be the expensive stamped-concrete patio, driveway or sidewalk you had installed.
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Upcycled Life: Denim pockets

Denim is a classic material ready to reuse over and over again. Put worn out jeans to work by reusing the pockets for an organizer. Cut the pockets off worn out jeans around the outside edge of the pocket – leaving the seat of the pants behind the pocket. Alternatively, use two matching denim pockets.
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Gardening: Despite challenges, honeybees can bring a moment of Zen

When you work with honeybees, you are on their time and temperament. The worker bees are always on guard to protect the hive from whatever threats they perceive, be it a marauding yellow jacket or a bear or a human being that rips off the roof of their hive box to do something “useful” for the hive. They can be calm or grumpy depending on the temperature, the beekeeper’s movements and the amount of stress the colony is under. Stress occurs when food or water is in short supply which for the last few hot summers has been an issue.
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Getting organized is easy – pro talks about how to make it last

UPDATED: Sun., April 24, 2022

There is a lot of advice out there about how to organize your home, with strategies for dealing with individual spaces or categories of items that are frequent clutter culprits. If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in more than a year, donate it. Every time you bring home a book, give one away. 
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In the Garden: Grow corn to indulge in summer’s favorite treat

Eating corn on the cob is one of my favorite summertime treats. It’s pretty hard to beat a sweet, freshly picked ear cooked and topped with melting butter. Sweetcorn has been a mainstay in my vegetable garden for as long as I can remember. As a warm-season crop, corn should be planted after frost has passed.
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Ask the Builder: Your deck’s weakest link: collapse hazard

UPDATED: Sat., April 23, 2022

Deck collapses happen all the time, and many of them never make the news. Several years ago, I attended an all-day training session hosted by a leading manufacturer of metal structural connectors. They estimated at the time that more than 80% of decks in the U.S. are structurally deficient. 
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Gardening: Cold weather chills plants’ growth

This spring is starting out as a challenge for gardeners. Last week’s low temperatures frosted even hardy plants and has slowed tree leaf-out and blooming. Even the weeds are growing more slowly than usual. This week’s weather is a little warmer, but we need to stay prepared to protect plants for several more weeks.

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