Home and garden
The rains have arrived and with them comes the realization that our gardening days are numbered. So, what can we still get done?
When the pandemic struck, Loreen McFaul took the adage “bloom where you are planted” to heart. “One thing I know about myself is that I have to do something creative every day,” she said. During the winter, she’d taken an online course on flower farming.
Dan Hinkley writes in his new memoir that gardeners make one quintessential garden in their lives. In Hinkley’s case, that would be a place named Windcliff, formed passionately, tortuously over the past two decades on the edge of Washington state’s Puget Sound.
Most of you have experienced a high-pressure sales presentation at some point, perhaps unaware of the psychological triggers the salesman was pulling in your head that would transform you into soft putty in his smarmy hands.
This unusual year has seen a resurgence in gardening. The COVID-19 pandemic has kept us close to home and looking for things to do. Gardening is getting us outdoors digging in the dirt naturally socially distanced. For those of us who have gardened for a long time, it was pure joy to have the extra hours to create new gardens and experiment.
From rose garden to rock garden with a reminder to relax, and from disheveled deck, to lighted party palace, the Larsen family used their time and skills to transform their backyard during the pandemic.
I’m thinking of buying a house that has a crawlspace. The foundation is in very bad shape. While the house looks quite bad, it’s got good bones. Is it possible to completely remove a bad foundation and install a new, taller one? What’s involved? Who does this type of work? What would you make sure gets done if you’re going to all this work?
I have a confession to make. Even though bulbs are probably the last thing I need more of in my garden, I just can’t help myself. Bulb catalogs and garden center displays do this to me every time: Whenever I spot something new and unusual, it goes into my cart.
Herbaceous peonies are one of the toughest garden plants we have in the Inland Northwest. They are deer resistant and hardy to winter cold. They don’t need any special care in the garden save for staking to hold up the flowers and a little fertilizer in the spring. They can live for decades in the same sunny spot.
So many of us are struggling with everything that has happened in 2020, and we want – perhaps even need – our dwellings to feel like secure refuges. Six months into the self-isolation brought on by the novel coronavirus, our psyches could definitely use a boost.
There are two foods that really make life worth living: chocolate and garlic. While I can’t grow my own chocolate, I certainly can cultivate garlic. It is really easy to grow, and the resulting crop enhances the flavors of so many savory dishes. Fall is the time to plant garlic.
Q. Tim, please help me. My husband and I are at odds as to what’s slowly ruining all of my wonderful clear glasses and heat-treated glass items in my kitchen. Each time I remove them from my dishwasher, they look worse. My husband states it’s just hard water. I tried soaking some of the ruined things in hot white vinegar, and there was no change. It’s got to be something else, but I can’t figure it out. Can you shed light on this? – Sandra P., Las Vegas
Now that fall is officially upon us, it is time to spruce up the home with cozy accents, colors and decor. Pumpkins don’t have to be your only source inspiration. Fall decor can have a lot of unique personality while drawing ideas from the season, so here are some ideas to help you brainstorm the perfect autumnal aesthetic for your personal taste.
If, after being stuck at home for months on end, you are taking stock of your surroundings and looking for ways to spruce up the appearance or improve the functionality of your home, you are not alone. According to a report from Review Home Warranties, online searches related to home remodeling are up 84%.
Tim, I read a previous column of yours in which you talked about repairing a shallow depression in a concrete surface using sand and Portland cement. My issue is I have a few shallow puddles in my blacktop driveway, and I know this ponding water will eventually create a far more serious issue.
Did you grow your first vegetable garden this year? Well done! Even if you experienced some problems or frustrations, I hope there were enough positive aspects to make you want to do it again next year. I recently asked new gardeners on Facebook how they fared and received a lot of interesting replies.
There’s more to getting your home ready for fall than decorating with spiced candles, fuzzy throws, pumpkins and other cute squash. Unfortunately, preparing a home for the colder seasons takes a bit more elbow grease than that, but it’s incredibly worthwhile.
When I’m 86 years old, I hope I still have the spunk and the ability to garden like Jeanie Baker and Leon Alboucq do.
As we near the end of the growing season, this is a time of great abundance. If you have more produce than you can consume, there are plenty of ways to preserve it so you can savor it later. To help you choose the best method, here is a quick overview of the many options available.
Last week, I wasted all sorts of time and got frustrated trying to dig a simple hole in my yard. A neighbor looked over the fence and suggested I change shovels. I figured you’ve used lots of shovels in your career and might help me start a decent collection so I won’t be frustrated ever again.
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