Home and Garden

A moss milkshake

August 1, 2014

What is the old saying ? If you stand still too long, moss will grow on you. We’ve all seen those beautiful moss covered pots boasting vivid plantings. In this climate though, dry West, you would have to work at the high moisture or simulate it with constant spraying or misting. Still those pots are Read More

Do you know when to pick your vegetables?

July 25, 2014

When should I be harvesting my vegetables? This is a question being asked starting this time of year. Most vegetables should be harvested while they are young. This is when they have the most flavors are the most tender and have the most nutrients. The vegetables in the grocery stores are good but are harvested Read More

Consider this: remodeling for real lives

Most of us have pet peeves when it comes to annoying television commercials. Here’s mine: An attractive young couple scans their home’s interior, exchanges knowing (and apparently telepathic) glances as to what must be done, then breaks out the sledgehammers for some gratifying bust-it-all-up demolition. Thirty seconds and a whirlwind of camera vignettes later, they’re Read More

The first apartment

Our daughter Ryann and I spent the last two weeks of June moving her back to Colorado and school. She had spent some time with us and it was just time for her to get back in touch with school, friends and her life. Ryann and I had spent several months scouring used furniture, kitchen Read More

You and your bathroom

June 20, 2014

The average woman spends a year and a half of her life in the bathroom. Spending so much time in one room may mean that you could use some cheering up, and so could your bathroom. Most of us spruce up the guest bath, if we have one, but don’t bother with others. Here are Read More

What to do about damaged trees in our area

May 16, 2014

We had a lot of tree damage last fall and winter, heavy snow breaking branches and damaging trees. In the Midwest with tornados, there are the same conditions, high winds and wet conditions. In the high plains or Rocky Mountain area, we have high winds, sometimes with moisture, but typically, we have wet snow in Read More

Leafy spurge is a perennial with an aggressive root system

From Sheridan County Weed & Pest SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Weed & Pest Control District would like to invite everyone to celebrate the seventh annual Wyoming Invasive Species Awareness Week that runs from May 11-17, 2014. The Sheridan County Weed and Pest office would like to offer information on the biggest infestation of a Read More

Tomato time

Because tomatoes are tropical plants they like warm soil and growing conditions. If you are growing them in pots, choose the type you like and a good sturdy cage to offer support as the plant grows. A quick tip would be to keep a clear plastic bag with the top cut off around the pot Read More

Spring cleaning checklist

March 21, 2014

House-cleaning requires some vertical effort. Work your way from the top down. Start with the attic, end in the basement. Vacuum, dust and clean from ceiling to floor. Here are 10 basic tasks to ready your home for warm weather: 1. Wash windows and window screens. Don’t forget to wipe frames and sills, too. 2. Read More

Get a head start on the season with transplants

Successful gardeners in northern 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 in the garden in early spring. So Read More

A design community grows in Brooklyn

At its heart, American culture has always been about reinvention and renewal — a fledgling democracy casting off the Colonial yoke, immigrants coming to make a new start, individual freedoms that mean creating a life beyond one’s “birthright.” That renewal happens in communities and cities, too, and a notable one happens to be currently underway Read More

Things to do for January

January 7, 2014

Inside: Make the next holiday season easy by organizing your Christmas gear as you pack it away. Start first with getting rid of damaged items, then sort and label boxes. Change over calendars. Spend a few minutes marking birthdays, anniversaries, doctor appointments (or reminders) and other appointments of importance. Update address book, contact lists and Read More

Garden sheds — shelter in style

September 6, 2013

Garden sheds change the landscape of a backyard. They’re a great place for your garden tools — and help keep them out of the garage — but that’s just the beginning. Sheds redefine the garden; they create an irresistible destination — and that in itself opens up new opportunities for landscaping. A good shed makes Read More

Garden guardians

You’ve spent years, literally, investing time and money in your garden. You’ve staked, pruned, weeded and irrigated. You’ve dug enough holes to find yourself halfway to China. And you’re going on vacation? I once spent weeks growing seedlings from seed only to have them all dead when I came home. The sitter simply ignored them. Read More

Seeing the world in black and white

August 30, 2013

With black and white, there’s no middle ground. It’s high-contrast. Crisp. Classic. In home design, the teaming is a perennial favorite — one as beloved as it is in apparel, especially by purists. It has its place in traditional decor, with styles from Art Deco to Country French (think toile prints) to Neoclassical. And, of Read More

Autumn lawn and garden activities

Autumn is just around the corner and it is such a wonderful time of the year. The colors on trees and shrubs can be quite showy. It is also the time of the year to prepare our landscapes for fall. Early fall is the time to fence our trees and shrubs to protect them from Read More

What to do for September

Inside: Dust ceilings, walls, baseboards and woodwork. This is especially important now, because dust that collects during summer is often laden with allergy-inducing pollen. Clean ceilings first, then work your way down. Rearrange furniture with the fireplace as focal point. Rehang heavier curtains and window treatments. Have sheers dry cleaned or wash by hand. Take Read More

Raptors in and around Wyoming

August 23, 2013

There are officially 22 raptor species recorded in Wyoming. Some live here year-round while others visit only during the summer or winter. They can be found in all corners of the state from forested mountains to open prairies. Raptors are important components of the natural landscape, and a healthy raptor population is a good indicator Read More

Homes that welcome all ages and abilities

It seems baby boomers (those born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964) get the credit and the blame for a lot of cultural trends. We are such a huge demographic bubble in the national population that the sheer numbers tend to result in specific and recognizable shifts in everything from consumer spending to health Read More

Fall gardening

We are coming into what for me is one of the busiest times of the year. Of course the harvest is upon us and we are busy saving and storing goodies that will make us smile as we pull them out of the freezer later this year. Planning fall chores and adding a few new Read More

Prevention, treatment of cedar-apple rust

August 16, 2013

Cedar-apple rust diseases can be very harmful to the thriftiness of apple trees. If severe infections of cedar-apple rust continue for several seasons, apple tree death can be the result. Damage to apple is brought about chiefly by premature defoliation. Affected fruit are smaller, deformed, and undesirable for marketing. On red cedar and ornamental cedar, Read More

Leaf ware

I’ve been a collector of leaf, lettuce and cabbage ware for many years. There is something neat about serving a cold gazpacho in a cabbage leaf bowl. A beautiful salad looks correctly “done-up” on a salad plate of green vines and leaves. And who could resist a beautiful plate of pasta primavera served on a Read More

Drive up your home’s garage appeal

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick Manufacturers are rolling out new garage organizing options that can transform it from a catchall to a cleared car park, as it was intended, and much, much more. “The garage can become a neglected space in the house,” says Marc Shuman, president of GarageTek, a proprietary garage organizational company, Read More

America’s next super berry

August 9, 2013

Food and flavor companies are on the hunt for the next best super berry. Berries, which are some of the top nutritionally rich foods, are in everything from smoothies to breakfast cereals, juices, yogurts and granola bars. Their presence seems to calm those on the health and diet circuit as well as picky eating toddlers. Read More

Prime time for vegetable harvesting yields better taste

When should I be harvesting my vegetables? This is a question often asked this time of year. Most vegetables should be harvested while they are young. This is when they have the most flavors, are the most tender and have the most nutrients. The vegetables in the grocery stores are good but are harvested for Read More

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