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Washers and dryers that will make you love laundry day

Homeowners can be passionate about their washers and dryers. After all, we depend on them to get kids’ clothes, work clothes and bedclothes clean so we can go about the rest of our lives. Which ones are the best? We talked to a designer, a tester for Consumer Reports and the owner of a gadget-testing website, as well as two appliance-repair service owners.

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Gardening: Growing techniques can curb problems

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

This is the second in a three-part series on organic gardening. Last week I talked about the importance of building your soil. This week I will talk about growing techniques that minimize weeds and disease and pest issues. Next week I’ll talk about selecting organic gardening products. Growing a thriving organic garden requires using integrated steps that take advantage of naturally occurring beneficial insects, plant and seed variety selection, crop rotation, weed management and cover cropping.
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Gardening: If you can’t grow ’em, you can at least read about ’em

Native plants have become a big part of our gardening in the last decade and for good reason. Native plants provide habitat for insects, birds and other wildlife as well as reduce the amount of work and water needed to keep a garden looking good. However, information on how to identify them and then grow them well can be a little hard to find.
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Upcycled Life: Handmade envelopes

Reuse those paper goods like last year’s calendar, brown paper bags, old maps and retired books to give character and a handmade touch to do-it-yourself envelopes. Are you writing a thank you note or looking for a fun way to dress up a pledge for an experiential gift?
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Gardening: Use insecticidal soaps for plant’s good health

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Now that the frozen ground and a light dusting of snow has shut down the outdoor gardening season, it’s time for the reading and study season we all wait for. Preferably in a comfy chair with your lap warmed by a dog or cat. With that in mind, I want to spend several columns over the next few months on topics that will help you understand some more technical garden topics.