Home and Garden

Tomato time

May 16, 2014

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

The game is up in the garden

You don’t need a referee — or a football — to have a field day in your own backyard. Croquet, bocce, horseshoes and other relaxing outdoor games are classics that anyone can play, and the rules are flexible enough to fit the play around the rosebushes. Gardeners always have the home-field advantage. “Having a place Read More

What to do for August

August 2, 2013

Inside: Make Pesto! Use all your fragrant basil to make pesto. Wash windows inside and out; inspect windows for damage, re-caulk and paint if necessary. Don’t let all the fresh corn go to waste. There is plenty now but the season winds down soon. Slice kernels off the cobs, and store in freezer-safe resealable plastic Read More

Wall art: This is not your grandma’s wallpaper

Atmospheric and ethereal, some images defy references. There are unlikely patchwork montages, graphically arresting, which actually reference a colorful range of intricately patterned silk scarves. Watercolor abstractions in intense hues are spellbinding. Blooms of dahlias evoking more psychedelic than natural colors are explosive. Mega-scale, mural-sized photos are crisp and realistic. Brushstrokes and drips of paint Read More

Duration, frequency determine irrigation efficiency

Many homeowners irrigate too often and for too short a period to meet lawn and especially landscaping (tree and shrub) needs and often compromise the health and vigor of their landscape’s plant community. Others tend to leave the water running too long resulting in wasted water and high water bills. Properly adjusting automatic watering systems Read More

To sleep, perchance to dream

July 26, 2013

Look for guidelines for remodeling a kitchen or bathroom and you’ll discover an embarrassment of riches, from books and magazines to hundreds of websites. You’ll find everything from decor suggestions and layout tips to technical expertise for tackling the hands-on work. That’s no surprise, as those two rooms are the most popular candidates for renovation. Read More

Searching for amendments to heavy clay soils

Amending soils is often a topic discussed among gardeners in Wyoming. The typical heavy clay soils found across Wyoming provides certain growing challenges. The challenges of clay are many such as trying to till or have water or roots trying to penetrate this hard dry material, which reminds us of trying to garden in a Read More

Buttoning up

In earlier times, before a worn out article of clothing was consigned to the ragbag, the buttons were removed. These were saved, most often in a jar or tin, for future use. Today, few of us remove buttons before discarding clothing. As a result, a generation of children likely will miss the fun most every Read More

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