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Gardening: Elizabeth Casteel, known as ‘Tomato Lady,’ also a pepper master

We all know her as the Tomato Lady who sells tomato starts at Garden Expo each spring. She is also a master at growing peppers.


In the Garden: Celebrate late bloomers at Dahlia Festival

Dahlias are one of the most prized late-summer bloomers. With their incredible array of colors and types, it’s every gardener’s dream to have a garden filled with these lovely flowers.


Ask the Builder: Dressing up vinyl siding

It’s impossible to list all the vinyl siding accessories and options that are available. For starters, don’t think that you have to use just one color and siding style on …


In the Garden: Lamp’l will bring behind-the-scenes stories to Master Gardeners banquet

For this year’s fall banquet, the Spokane County Master Gardeners is bringing in Joe Lamp’l, host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning PBS program “Growing a Greener World.”


Upcycled Life: Bring summer inside with garden tins

Capture a little bit of summer and bring it indoors before the cool weather hits. These adorable little gardens sit nicely on a desk or shelf, but how you choose …


Ask the Builder: How hard can drywall be? Very hard

I’m building a new home. Because of the booming economy and shortage of great help, I might be forced to hang and finish the drywall myself. I’ve done a few …


Style at home: Wallpaper – the great comeback of 2019

It is true what they say: If you wait long enough, old trends will make their way back into fashion (unless we are talking about shag carpet, in which case …


In the Garden: Tips to make gardening easier as we get older

I hate to say this, but I’m not getting any younger. And chances are I’ve got plenty of company. As we gardeners age, our favorite pastime can start to feel …


The tools you need to make your home look (and work) right

Every tool kit has a hammer. Every utility room a plunger. Every junk drawer a measuring tape. If you’ve ever wondered, however, how the experts get homes looking and working …


Ask the Builder: Are flushable wipes flushable? I did a test

A few months ago, I wrote a column about how “flushable” wipes clog sewers. I received hundreds of responses from readers who shared their expensive horror stories about how flushable …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

In the Garden: Saving money in the garden

I recently asked my Facebook page followers what they do to garden economically. I wanted to share their wonderful responses with you today.


Fall design: 10 hot decor trends

Every so often the furniture industry rolls out the red carpet and rolls in their new lines for a new season. The Las Vegas Market, dedicated to the home furnishings …


Ask the Builder: How we used to stay cool

You may be one of the tens of millions of people who suffered in the blistering heatwave that gripped the Eastern USA in July. I happen to live in central …


Gardening: Impact of cooler summer showing in gardens

We are over halfway through the summer, so it’s time to clear my desk of gardening tidbits.


In the Garden: Teachers bring artistic flair to South Hill garden

When two artistic gardeners collaborate, the result is a lovely landscape that is a feast for the eyes. Such is the case with John and Pat Hagney’s garden.


Expert in linens offers rules to dress your table

Jane Scott Hodges knows something about table linens. The founder of the luxury company Leontine Linens works directly with interior designers and also is the author of “Linens: For Every …


Ask the Builder: Selecting exterior paint colors is confounding for some

Q. Please help me, Tim! I’m trying to select a new color for the outside of my house. Looking at samples on a brochure, I’m frozen and unable to make …


Gardening: With basics, your yard can be haven for wildlife

You don’t need to live in the woods or have lots of space to have a wildlife-friendly garden.


In the Garden: Loire Valley chateau exudes elegance inside and out

If I had to choose one word to sum up the Loire Valley’s Chateau de Chenonceau, it would be “elegant.” In June, I led a tour of France’s most beautiful …


Ask the Builder: Installing drywall requires more muscle and skill than you might think

Lots of books have been written about the craft of drywall installation and finishing. One of the best is “The Gypsum Construction Handbook” published by USG Corp., one of the …


Gardening: Seek out good advice when problem arises

I hate it when I have to tell a gardener that they have to yank out a plant because of an incurable disease. It’s even worse when it’s your brother.


In the Garden: Proper staking, consistent watering key to best tomatoes

For many gardeners, the most challenging aspect of growing tomatoes is planting them at the right time in the spring so they won’t get nailed by an unexpected frost. But …


Custom wood kennels, memory foam beds: The wild world of modern pet furniture

For discerning pet owners who treat their cats and dogs like family – in some cases better than family – designers are creating stylish, even glamorous, furniture.


Gardening: Careful pruning, shaping an ancient art: Bonsai sale will showcase area hobbyists’ work

On Sunday, July 21, Roger Snipes and other members of the Inland Empire Bonsai Society (IEBS) will share their creations with the community during the group’s annual show at the …


Ask The Builder: Don’t underestimate the difficulty of installing concrete

Q. I plan to install a concrete patio during my vacation. It’s going to measure 14 feet by 30 feet. I’ve watched lots of online videos and paid attention to …


Upcycled Life: Plastic bottle vase

Take any PET or PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottle and melt it with a heat gun and then add texture with a soldering iron. The results are reminiscent of blown …


In the Garden: Creative garden pest control

Find creative ways to keep the pests away from a flourishing garden.


Gardening: Nine Mile Falls display has it made in the shade; retired postmasters win June Garden of the Month

Shade is always a challenge for gardeners, and it takes some creativity to build a colorful garden with only the sun that filters through the pine trees.


In the Garden: For North Idaho gardeners featured on annual tour, garden inspiration comes from above

Garden-lovers, take note: the highly anticipated Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour is set for July 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature five outstanding private gardens, with two …


Ask the Builder: Installing plywood panel will protect pocket doors

Q. I’m planning to install a few pocket doors in my new home. I already know at these locations I’ll have heavy mirrors and artwork on the walls where the …