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Gardening: Author Jennifer Jewell to lead ‘Conversation for Nature’; benefits Master Gardener foundation

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2020

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.
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In the Garden: Go beyond tulips for beautiful bulbs

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 3, 2020

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.
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Gardening: Take care when transplanting peonies for spring bloom

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2020

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.
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Ask the Builder: Dishwasher is clouding glasses – what to do?

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
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Water Cooler: Fall decor ideas for your home

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 24, 2020

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.
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Ask the Builder: How to repair shallow blacktop potholes

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. 
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Water Cooler: Prepare your home for fall

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.
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Ask the Builder: Using the right shovel makes the job easier

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 12, 2020

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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