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Column: Time to think about holiday hostess gifts

October 10, 2014

Sometimes it is nice to go to a gathering or holiday party armed with a little something to give to those who were so nice to have invited you. I have always appreciated those little gifts of homemade jam or jelly or, in the case of one friend, homemade dog treats. Sophie appreciated those best Read More

Column: Dealing with unwanted insects

October 4, 2014

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. When dealing with ants, boxelder bugs, millipedes and spiders prevention is the first order of control. Make sure all cracks crevices and air infiltration around doors and windows are plugged up or filled in. Also using a general purpose insecticide around the outside of the house Read More

Compost happens: tips for making it happen right

By Lee Reich The Associated Press As the bumper sticker on my truck reads, “Compost Happens.” Sometimes, however, it doesn’t happen fast enough. That problem usually can be traced to some limiting factor in what a pile is fed, or to issues of moisture or aeration. Feed Your Pile Compost piles work most quickly if Read More

Column: What to do for October

Inside: Continue to move outdoor plants inside. Put plants in a spot where they will get as much sun as possible. Check doors and windows for drafts. Change bedding, removing  and storing light, warm-weather blankets in favor of heavier ones, down comforters and other winter linens. Be sure exterior lights are working and no bulbs Read More

Column: Growing and caring for garlic

September 20, 2014

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. Garlic is a long season, over-wintered crop, with planting best done in the fall months before the soil freezes for a bountiful harvest next summer. Like flower bulbs, garlic and its close relative, elephant garlic is a perennial bulb. When fall-planted, garlic cloves will root and Read More

Clearing up the confusion about ‘sustainable’ building

By Bill LaHay UniversalUclick Nearly every serious profession has its expert practitioners and its big-picture thinkers, and many of those individuals tend to end up solidly in one camp or the other. Builder, author and teacher Chris Magwood seems to have figured out how to do both. He has a practical knowledge of building techniques Read More

Column: Sticker shock in aisle 1

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. The high cost of food is cutting into end-of-summer barbecues in a big way. Even the basic hamburger and hot dog menu is taking a hit with the increasing cost of good ground beef. What used Read More

Column: Early winter yard and garden tips

September 12, 2014

Prevent insects such as Boxelder bugs, millipedes (1-inch small dark worm looking insects), and spiders from invading your home this winter. Caulk around windows, doors and place screens over attic and exhaust vents. Insects will usually move on when they cannot find an easy entry point. If insects do get inside your home, place a Read More

A fine finish for homeowners

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick Jennifer Bertrand, artist and HGTV Design Star season three winner is spreading the ancient ways of plastering and painting walls into 21st-century homes. “When we talk about painting techniques on walls, many wrongly think of the 1990s, when people were applying paints and glazes using sponges, rags and plastic Read More

An embarrassment of tomatoes

Using up all those tomatoes that we hoped would happen is now  coming to a head.  Tomato sauces, whole tomatoes and salsas come to mind as easy-to-can ideas. One more worth thinking about is slow-roasting tomatoes for use today and months from now. Small containers that can be used up easily in a week would Read More

Undersea decor moves to the forefront

August 29, 2014

Perhaps it’s the mystery of the sea that captures the imagination. And how can we not be drawn in by the beauty of the color alone, starting with the glorious blues, from inky indigo to aquamarine? Whether it’s the Caribbean or the Aegean, the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans, Lake Michigan or Lake Como, the water Read More

Fall is time for homework

Here are some ideas for home projects to ward off wintertime calamities. • Check your chimney for damage and look for flue blockages. Rearrange furniture with the fireplace as a focal point. • Give your furnace a physical 1. Have the system inspected. 2. Look for signs of furnace trouble: Noisy belts, poor performance, erratic Read More

Perennials add a little fall color to Wyoming gardens

August 22, 2014

Since perennials will be in the ground for several years, pre-plant soil preparation is critical. Most herbaceous perennials grow best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Wyoming soils are often low in organic matter, nitrogen and phosphorus. Some have poor drainage and high soluble salts. These problems need to be corrected before planting. The work involved Read More

Treehouse magic: No age limit here

As kids, most of us probably never gave that much thought to building and/or remodeling the homes we lived in; that was the domain of the adults. They made the decisions about swinging a hammer, browsing wallpaper swatches or meeting with contractors about a project. If we headed outside, however, the rules changed. Swept up Read More

Furniture that will follow you

Most of us have pieces of furniture that we have had for years and years. They have survived the editing that comes when moving and have become those “go to” pieces that never seem to disappoint. Some were inherited or handed down, some were discovered in used furniture stores and some were lucky enough to Read More

Colorful columbines work well to enhance the garden

August 15, 2014

The genus name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin word for eagle (aquila), because the shape of the flower petals, which are said to resemble an eagle’s claw. The common name “columbine” comes from the Latin for “dove,” due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five doves clustered together. This very adaptive native Read More

Edging, walls can provide you with landscape definition

About 15 years ago I asked a young landscape architect to do a plan for our backyard. We had moved into a newer home that was landscaped in front but nothing had been done to the back of the house. It was “natural.” The house is built on a bluff above a river and some Read More

Suite dreams — perfecting bedroom design

Put to bed any angst you may have surrounding your bedroom by paying attention to your sleeping space. Homeowners can have a suite setup in the bedroom, regardless of its size, says Rebecca Gray, merchandising vice president of the Omaha-based Hayneedle Inc., a decade-old online home store. “A bedroom is the place we are supposed Read More

A steppingstone in the right direction

August 8, 2014

Good gardens are full of interesting destinations, and making your way from one to another is always pleasant when you’re walking on well-placed steppingstones. A handsome line of hefty steppingstones irresistibly directs your feet from a patio out to an exuberant flower bed or politely suggests a stroll through a woodsy side yard. It will Read More

Hardy bulbs that will be a hit in your garden

Most everyone is familiar with bulbs and have used some in their landscaping plan at one time or another. However there are quite a few varieties that will do quite nicely in a xeric setting or at least in a lower watering area and will put up with Wyoming’s interesting climate and wildlife. Bulbs offer Read More

Home again, home again

I spent the last two weeks of July in Colorado helping with the grandkids since our daughter-in-law was out of the country. Wilson and Stella are 5 and 3. Working around watching them do “Ben Hur” circles around the fountain on their bikes, I had the time to do some much needed maintenance around the Read More

Embellish with relish

August 1, 2014

For minimalists, even a whisper of decoration is like a flaw on an otherwise perfect diamond. But one reason that a more modern aesthetic currently is appealing to a broader segment of consumers is because it’s showing a softer side. That may translate to a loosening of form or color — both unabashed and subtle Read More

A moss milkshake

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

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