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Can ‘country’ be ‘classic’?

November 29, 2014

By Bill LaHay Universal Uclick When nearly every new smartphone or social media website makes headlines, it’s clear that we are a fad-driven nation. For some, that means the excitement of novelty is never far away. But for others, the never-ending chase of the new becomes a tedium of its own. Yesterday’s ideas, however valid Read More

Column: What to do for December

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. Inside: Gather holiday baking supplies. For slice and bake cookies as you need them, make icebox cookie dough, shape into logs and freeze. Clean out your pantry and refrigerator. Write a few Christmas cards and mail Read More

Column: Caring for your house plants

November 21, 2014

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. Most houseplants are hybrids of plant species that grow wild, somewhere in the world.  A good rule of thumb for keeping your house plants healthy is to try to match the same environment from which they originated. You may not be able to match every criteria Read More

Gather ’round: Tabletop design and decor for the holidays

By Elaine Markoutsas Universal Uclick Traditions, memories of past celebrations, loved ones and good times all are tied to the holidays. And it’s the home, particularly the table where family and friends gather, that is most evocative. It draws out the warm and fuzzy good feelings of being together, sharing a repast. Just the thought Read More

Column: Kiss your socks goodbye

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. I have to come clean — I am a neat freak. I just can’t deal with chaos and disorder around me. And although I hate to dust, I can’t stand to see dusty webs on my Read More

Column: An old-fashioned new idea: gardening in jars

November 15, 2014

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. How do we keep fresh vegetables in our diet through the wintertime, if we do not have a green house or a high tunnel? One way that has been around for centuries is to grow sprouts. This is an easy way to supplement our diets and Read More

Lounging around: Let your home be a drama-free scene for teens

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick Let your home be a drama-free scene for teens by creating a special space for the young adults in your life. Dubbed the “teen lounge,” this space should be one in which young people can be comfortable and keep company with friends, says M. Elodie Froment, vice president of Read More

Column: Thanks- giving thoughts

Now that we’ve completed all the outside chores of fall we can tend to the inside chores surrounding the upcoming holidays. With the cold weather I’ve pulled out warm faux fur throws and a few warm knitted blankets to add some color as well as serve to keep warm when curled up with a good Read More

Column: Ornamental Alliums give a garden a little lift and color

November 7, 2014

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. Onions ‘Alliums’ are often thought of as being something we grow in the garden and enjoy in many dishes as a food enhancement. This they are, however there are many ornamental varieties which can add a lot to any landscape plan. These are generally liked by Read More

Fire features warm up the garden

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick There’s nothing like flickering firelight in a garden, and modern fire features make it easier than ever to add a golden glow in your own backyard. warm fire invites you and your guests to linger in the garden when the weather is cool. Fancy fireplaces, which may stand 10 to Read More

Column: Easy illumination

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. Smooth jazz aside, nothing gets the mood better than candles. Pillars scented with cinnamon or vanilla make a living room cozy, and a few dozen tea lights are all it takes to make a party shine. Read More

Column: Indoor plant color for the winter holidays

November 1, 2014

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. Christmas cacti are not only popular holiday gift plants, but they are also the subject of frequent debate among gardeners. There appears to be much confusion about these unique tropical cacti regarding care, maintenance and, especially, on how to get them to re-bloom. Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera Read More

Lighten Up: Lamps have always been about size, shape and proportion

By Elaine Markoutsas Universal Uclick Do not think for one minute that table lamps are old-fashioned. While overhead cans deliver all-over illumination, pendant lights can be modern and sexy, chandeliers glamorous and elegant, a source closer to where you are sitting or reclining is de rigeur for reading or other tasks that require a close Read More

Column: What to do for November

October 31, 2014

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. Remember to vote. Daylight savings time ends  Nov. 2 — fall back 1 hour. Inside: With the holidays approaching, ready your refrigerator with a good cleaning. Wash interior wall with 2 tablespoons of baking soda mixed Read More

Native berries can add interest to winter landscapes

October 24, 2014

Wintertime can be a less than desirable time of year for many landscapes. We can enjoy many colors and shapes during our growing season, but as we all realize that can be the shortest part of the year and so what can we do to extend our enjoyment of our landscaping? Shrubs and small trees Read More

It’s what’s inside that counts

No one would ever want to be the sloppy contractor whose shoddy work gets exposed during a job site visit by Mike Holmes. Holmes, the no-nonsense Canadian featured on HGTV episodes about renovations gone awry, makes no secret of his disdain for unscrupulous or unprofessional builders. Unfortunately, by the time Holmes sees most of the Read More

What are drug expiration dates all about

There is a lot of confusion surrounding expiration dates on over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Some people use the stamped dates as a loose guideline, others adhere to it strictly and a few keep their bathroom cabinets stocked with outdated pills indefinitely. Since 1979 the Food and Drug Administration has required drug manufacturers to put expiration Read More

Radiating warmth: Americans are warming up to radiant floor-heating systems

October 17, 2014

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick A radiant heating system can take the chill off ceramic tile and the “brrrrrr” out of marble flooring. Concrete, stone, tile and wood floors can be warmed by pipes that carry heated water or mats that conduct electricity, which are affixed to the subflooring. Rather than heating an area Read More

Column: Pumpkins

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. Records put the common pumpkin plant in history thousands of years ago. In those days the main use was apparently the seeds. Today the flesh, seeds and ornamental use all play a part in the pumpkin’s Read More

Mum’s the word: Chrysanthemums signal the transition to a new season

October 10, 2014

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick With a flash and a flourish, chrysanthemums signal the transition to a new season. Even the fiery foliage of a maple tree can’t match the gorgeous colors of mums. Garden shops go all-out for the mum season. “By the time we’ve had a typical summer, the garden is starting to Read More

Column: Time to think about holiday hostess gifts

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

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