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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stamped dates as a loose guideline, others adhere to it strictly and a few keep their bathroom cabinets stocked with outdated pills indefinitely.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

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

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