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Drawing butterflies to your garden

July 3, 2015

From staff reports Butterflies are attracted to a garden for two reasons: food in the form of flower nectar and habitat, conditions that butterflies need to reproduce and thrive. Examples of habitat conditions include puddles or moist areas that butterflies use to obtain nutrients from, sheltered sunny spots to bask in, and host plants in Read More

Our June winner: Our June winner in The Sheridan Press’ Home & Garden page birdhouse contest is builder Mike Donohue. This charming birdhouse is hanging in Mike’s father’s (Chuck Lee) yard on Loucks.

Over the summer months starting in June The Sheridan Press’ Home and Garden page is sponsoring a birdhouse contest. There will be monthly winners and an overall grand prize winner. Please submit photos of your birdhouse to or bring a photo to the office. Please explain who built the house and where it is Read More

Rock gardens

The nicest rock garden I’ve ever seen was outside of Phoenix. It was sited on a sharp incline along a busy road. What by rights should have been just a bare spot had been lovingly turned into a beautiful piece of landscaping thanks to someone who cared. Rock gardens are one of those often overlooked Read More

Child’s Play: Design ideas for the nursery and kids’ rooms

June 26, 2015

By Elaine Markoutsas Universal Uclick It’s never too early to cultivate a sense of style. Safety, of course, remains at the top of the list. Just five years ago, for example, important changes were made to crib design with the outlawing of drop sides. When it comes to outfitting the rest of a nursery or Read More

Battling the pine beetles

ByScott Hininger Yes we do have beetles attacking the pine trees. There are several different ones that are damaging pine and spruce trees. They develop under the bark and produce girdling tunnels that can cause dieback and kill trees. There are 10 to 15 types of pine beetles in this region. They are all very Read More

Column: Secrets of great gardeners

By Susan Woody This is a collection of tips from a varied circle of gardeners. What is your favorite tip? Pam Wolf, MS in botany • Break up and spread the root ball of pot-bound transplants before setting them in the ground. • Bury herb pots in the ground during summer, and bring them indoor for Read More

Fixing the leaky basement: Part 2

June 19, 2015

By Henri de Marne Universal Uclick If leakage is occurring through the walls of your basement, or through cracks in them, as opposed to coming up from below the slab, or if you do not wish to go to the hassle of installing an under-slab drain, you can use an above slab drain system, either Read More

Column: The cure for the common coneflower

Echinacea — the staple of any garden — is suddenly a whole lot more interesting. For years the only color was that Pepto-pink shade. Now you can find a variety of colors to add interest to any yard. The simple Echinacea is indigenous to North America and you’ll find them growing along side highways across Read More

Design around the block

June 13, 2015

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick Utilizing natural light, while still maintaining privacy, need not be a design stumbling block in the home. Once relegated largely to commercial applications, the ease of installing clear block systems as residential windows and walls can be as smooth as glass, says Roger Murphy, president of Hy-Lite, a U.S. Read More

Column: The perfect tomato

June 12, 2015

Growing tomatoes is the perfect pastime for summer. From the Early Girl, beefsteak to an heirloom, getting an assortment to try is kind of like finding the perfect wine — everybody likes something different best. Years ago, a master gardener friend — one of the most brilliant MGs I’ve known — gave me a few Read More

Column: Dealing with pesky lawn weeds

June 5, 2015

By: Scott Hininger One of the more common weeds most of us recognize is the dandelion which is in the sunflower family. This low growing perennial is easily recognized by the yellow flower followed by the white fluffy ball of seeds. The leaves are a wide lobed shaped, and the root is a long taproot Read More

Kid Stuff: making room for play

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick Playing is what childhood is all about. Making a place to play in the garden inspires kids and sets them an example for the rest of their lives. Even in a tiny backyard, there is plenty of room for children to play, and for adults to have a good time, Read More

Column: Birdhouse basics

Choose a house to fit a bird’s needs. Plain, unpainted wood is the best because it looks like the real thing — a hole in a tree. Fancy birdhouses work well too, but they just take a little longer to attract tenants. Two or three basic size ranges will suit most backyard birds. The diameter Read More

Eye on health and cooking styles

May 29, 2015

Demand for professional heavy-duty juicers like Omega and Vitamix remains robust — high price tags notwithstanding. But the offerings (and price points) continue to expand. Salton’s newest professional power blender is marketed with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. It can whip up smoothies, soups and even mill rice for rice flour. Best of all is a Read More

Tips for summer lawn care

Many factors influence lawn water requirements, and no two lawns are exactly alike. A healthy, high-quality bluegrass lawn may need up to 2.25 inches of water per week under hot, dry, windy summer conditions; bluegrass only uses 1.5 inches of water per week. It may require much less when the weather is cool or cloudy. Read More

What to do for June

Inside: On warm days keep salads and veggie plates crisp by serving them on chilled plates. Place a stack of plates in the refrigerator (not the freezer, which could crack ceramics) for an hour or more before using. Wash your windows with a solution of hot water and dishwasher detergent. Use a squeegee to wipe Read More

How to navigate the short Wyoming growing season

May 22, 2015

By Scott Hininger The growing season in Wyoming is short, the temperatures fluctuate from cold to hot and often include untimely frost. With the weather this year being so cold and the soil temperatures in particular being cold do not get in a hurry to plant any warm season crops too early. High or steady Read More

Springtime to-dos: Get ready for summer; it’s right around the corner

Petals in your food Nasturtiums, pansies, chives and pea blossoms add a dash of color to the salad plate and dress up desserts. I once made a birthday cake with a dotted Swiss pattern and added candied pansies. Flowers from plants in the allium family, such as chives or garlic, lend that kick of taste. Read More

A new loo: Sleek, innovative and functional

May 15, 2015

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick A NEW LOO Bathroom design need not be flushed when seeking the best plan for a powder room’s privy. “People don’t really think about the design of a toilet, until it comes time to replace the old one,” says Chuck York, a vice president with Mansfield Plumbing Products in Read More

Column: Lost in translation

There are few things as daunting to weekend gardeners than horticultural jargon. Here is a gardener’s glossary that defines some common gardening terms. (I’m sorry to say that I don’t have the source of this list.) Flat 1. a shallow, rectangular tray used for germinating seedlings. 2. the state of your flowerbed after a black Read More

Column: The Bronze Birch borer menace

May 8, 2015

By Scott Hininger Bronze birch borers are members of the Flatheaded borers and feed and reproduce on stressed and dying trees. They have been identified in northern Wyoming. Most native trees (birch, oak, honeylocust, basswood, maple and ironwood) are attacked by native flatheaded borers. Most Asian and European species and cultivars of white-barked birch that Read More

Life in the garden: the comforts of inside, outside

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick Garden furniture is taking its cues from living rooms these days. Collapsible tailgate-party chairs and stackable plastic no longer seem graceful enough for back yards and porches, where substantial, good-looking furniture encourages you to take some time off from your busy world. “I have seen outdoor spaces that look better Read More

Column: Summer birdhouse contest

Over the summer months starting in June, The Sheridan Press’ Home and Garden page will be sponsoring a birdhouse contest. There will be monthly winners and an overall grand-prize winner. To enter please submit photos of your birdhouse to or bring a photo to the Press office. Please explain who built the house and Read More

Warmer weather signals the return of outdoor living

May 1, 2015

By Elaine Markoutsas Universal Uclick Nearly eight out of 10 homeowners have an outdoor room or are creating one. “Outdoor rooms continue to evolve as one of the most important areas of the homescape,” says award-winning West Coast-based designer Richard Frinier. With the explosion of performance fabrics and fibers for weathersafe rugs, as well as Read More

Column: What to do for May

Inside: Wash throw rugs and hang outside to dry. Move indoor plants back outside gradually. If you gave up on your hanging baskets last fall, buy some new ones for the porch. Complete closet cleanups. Pack away clean winter clothes, rehang those on hangers and follow with dust covers or reuse dry cleaning bags. Clean Read More

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