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Column: Digging for buried treasure

March 20, 2015

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. Digging for potatoes is like looking for buried treasure, especially if you have young kids. Potatoes are a member of the Solanaceae family, which means the vines and green tubers are poisonous. Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C and provide calcium and iron. Potato Read More

Radon can be a killer – and it is worth checking out

By Henri de Marne Universal Uclick Q: We have heard increasingly about radon, its presence and potential dangers. However, while I will admit freely my skepticism about most things, I also must admit my ignorance concerning this subject. We and our sons have resided in a home that we designed and had built some 30 Read More

Column: Keeping them clean

While visiting our grandkids in North Carolina a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to hang several blinds in their new home. Simple blinds designed for privacy and to help insulate from weather temperature swings are easy to hang and fairly inexpensive.  But by about the fifth shade, while standing on a foot stool, Read More

The charm of the modern farm: No ‘duck-in-bonnets’ motifs for this country style

March 13, 2015

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick You don’t need  attached acreage to enjoy the honest design of farm living. While the mauve ruffles and dusty blue “duck-in-bonnet” motifs of the 1980s country craze are out, today’s true farmhouse details also can be at home in suburbia or a city loft. The modern take on classic Read More

Garden ornament

I am inspired by ornament in the garden. Even if it is only a stack of stones or an interesting gate, trellis or plant. Once I dug a series of 36-inch deep holes in order to build a large rectangular wooden trellis/arbor over the shale walkway from the side yard to the terraced back yard. Read More

Column: Table topped

March 7, 2015

The surface of an old table or desk often shows the signs of wear and tear long before the rest of it is ready for the junk pile. Extend the life of the piece by covering the top with canvas, linen, leather or metal. First, measure the tabletop’s width and length, then measure its thickness. Read More

Column: Pruning fruit trees is a annual job

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. March is a good time to start pruning fruit trees.  As the tree grows this spring, it will start to heal itself.  I think it is most important to prune only that which is needed.  This includes dead wood and broken branches. In addition, diseased branches Read More

Falling for Fallingwater

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick An invisible hand is at work in successful naturalistic landscapes. Nature gets all the credit in the eyes of the beholder, but there’s plenty of hard work behind the scenes. That human hand — well-concealed — shapes visitors’ experience of Fallingwater, the magnificent home in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, Read More

Column: Are voles damaging your plants, trees and lawn?

February 27, 2015

By Scott Hininger Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. I noticed with the nice weather we recently had — with the snow gone — that there is some vole damage. Voles are mouse-looking rodents that can damage or consume flower bulbs, garden plants, vegetables and field and forage crops. Voles can scar Read More

2015’s color of the year makes a mark

By Elaine Markoutsas UniversalUclick Color trends come and go, but certain hues are perennial hangers-on. Take red, for example. Chicago interior designer Alessandra Branca is a known red lover. When she designed a collection of fabrics for Schumacher, red played a starring role. Sometimes her approach is playful, like pairing red-and-white ticking stripe lampshades with Read More

Column: Things to do for March

Inside: Deep clean carpets and rugs. Rent or buy a carpet cleaner. If you have wool rugs or carpet, or any that are valuable or delicate, hire a professional for cleaning. Take advantage of warm days to open the windows and air out the house. Clean ceiling fans. Stand on a sturdy ladder and wipe Read More

Getting the jump on the growing season with transplants

February 20, 2015

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. Gardeners in Wyoming can get a head start on the season by the use of vegetable transplants. Too many make the mistake of starting transplants in the house too early, producing plants, which are soft, tall and spindly. These will suffer a setback when set out Read More

Column: Handmade votives

The warm glow of a candle is calming and makes everything around it also glow. Little votives made from small terra-cotta pots make ideal lights for use indoors and out. To make potted candles,  start with a collection of three or four-inch flowerpots from the garden or hardware store. Close the drainage hole with a Read More

Q & A: Heated gutters won’t fix the cause of ice dam issue

By Henri de Marne Universal Uclick Q: Do you have any experience with heated gutter covers to prevent ice dams? My insulation is good, so there are none of the usual heat loss causes. — via email A: If ice dams form at the eaves of your roof, there is some heat loss somewhere. If Read More

An underutilized evergreen to try

February 14, 2015

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. With more than 200 varieties of Arborvitae available there probably is at least one that will work for your landscaping design.  These evergreens are a member of the cypress family with two species native to America. Some common names include northern white cedar, swamp cedar and Read More

Street appeal: Hone your home to have a street-smart look

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick Creating curb appeal is a wise investment that often requires brains and brawn, but not necessarily a big budget, says Jeffrey Fick of Fick Bros. in Baltimore. Named the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 2014 Contractor of the Year award winner for residential exteriors, Fick Bros. is Read More

Get ready to dig

If your favorite shovel in the shed isn’t sharp, now really would be a fine time to get after it. Figuring out your plan for planting time will be here before you know it and having your tools ready will mean more time to daydream about strategy. These are the supplies you will need: rags, Read More

Column: The value of trees in our community

February 7, 2015

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. There are more than 60 million trees in the United States that line public streets, which have a value of more than $30 billion and a potential value of $80 billion if properly cared for. In Wyoming, inventories conducted on approximately 108,000 public trees had a Read More

Going with the grain: Ornamental grains are terrific in combination with annuals, perennials, shrubs

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick There’s a reason why farmers — not gardeners — are the great producers of wheat, oats, barley, and other major grains: These are challenging crops to manage. But other interesting and beautiful grains are easy to grow in your own backyard, and they put dash and drama in among the Read More

Column: Tips for working with wallpaper

I learned to hang wallpaper about 30 years ago while watching a friend hang paper for another friend. Then I had a refresher course several years later when I asked a pro to help me hang paper in my dining room. Small rooms are not a big deal but larger rooms can be a real Read More

Column: Vertical gardening may be in your future

January 31, 2015

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. Vertical gardening is a theme that has been around since ancient Babylon’s hanging gardens.  We all can remember window boxes, well just stack several of these together. Many people do not have the space, want to take up less space or they want to dress up Read More

Book it: Open shelving pairs style with substance

By Elaine Markoutsas Universal Uclick Bookshelves are a necessity in most homes, not only for the obvious, but as a catch-all for other stuff. Some people, even in this day of the Kindle, have more books than yards of shelving to contain them. For others, books may be limited to just a few, perhaps of Read More

Column: What to do for February

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. Inside: Tackle one messy closet each weekend. If necessary purchase new organizing bins or baskets. If you don’t have a battery-operated pill remover to defuzz your favorite sweaters, you can use a fine-tooth comb; it will Read More

Column: Plant catalogs mean planning for spring

January 24, 2015

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. With Christmas and the first of the year behind us, we’re now in the middle of a good old Wyoming winter. The arrival of garden and seed catalogs are at hand.  This time of the year is a good time to start planning for spring.  With Read More

Thinking about replacing your roof? Be sure to explore ventilation options

By Henri de Marne Universal Uclick Q: I live in a 100-year-old house in Atlanta, Georgia — a very hot and humid climate. I am getting ready to re-roof, and each roofer that I have gotten a bid from has suggested different exhaust vent options, even though I have no soffit/intake vents and no possibility Read More

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