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Diversify your yard by growing Asian pears

December 26, 2014

Pears originated in the same general area of the world as did apples, in the Near East and Asia Minor. Gardeners have been growing pears for many centuries. The one thing I like about the Asian type pears is the round shape and crunchy apple texture with the flavor of a pear. These are not Read More

The first blooms on the block: cool flowers

By Marty Ross, Universal Uclick If you’re not growing cool-weather flowers, you’re missing a whole season. Cool-season blooms let you have the first glorious bouquets on the block. Now is the time to rediscover — and to plant — these sturdy flowers, many of which are already among most gardeners’ all-time favorites. Lisa Mason Ziegler Read More

Flight path

Feeding birds during the coldest weather just makes sense to me. I know a lot of people don’t like the mess that comes when a flock of pigeons takes up residence off your deck every day, but that is the tradeoff to having birds around your yard. I keep suet out in cold weather, too, Read More

Column: Surviving a Wyoming winter

December 20, 2014

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. The ability of a tree or shrub to survive in winter depends on the seasonal change in its metabolism to a dormant state known as acclimation. The first stages of acclimation are induced in early autumn by exposure to short days and non-freezing chilling temperatures, both Read More

A thinking person’s guide to home design

By Bill LaHay Universal Uclick Building or remodeling a home is a complex undertaking, involving thousands of decisions and details. Professionals get used to the process and develop the skills and experience to juggle all those disparate things, but a lot of homeowners get overwhelmed. They might have a sense of their favorite styles or Read More

Column: How to throw a bargain bash without breaking the bank

Decor Use food. Decorate and feed at once. Stay focused — focus on three main areas: the front porch and entryway; the bathroom that guests will use; and the food and drink area. Combine nature, inexpensive decor and creativity. Fill clear bowls and vases with colorful ornaments. Use candles and small decorations in the bathroom. Read More

Column: Feeding birds over the winter time

December 12, 2014

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. People enjoy watching birds year round especially in the wintertime. One may find endless pleasure in watching the birds feeding on a stormy day. To be assured of these visitors at close range, special feeds and feeders are highly recommended. A sheltered open space 8 to Read More

Houses that hold secrets

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick Some homes hold secrets and conceal more space than meets the eye. A door hidden in plain view that leads to a secret room isn’t just the stuff of movie sets and spy novels, says Steve Humble, president and founder of the decade-old Creative Home Engineering firm, based in Read More

Column: Pointers for poinsettias

Millions of poinsettias will come home for the holidays this holiday season. Come January, millions of them will end up in garbage cans and compost heaps. Few people have the patience to keep these cheerful heralds of the season growing after the new year, but with a little care they will perform even better and Read More

‘Tis the season to deck your hall

December 5, 2014

By Elaine Markoutsas Universal Uclick Some of us have quite the knack for holiday decorating. It’s fluid, almost effortless, instinctive or precisely planned — and, most of all, it’s done early. All the better to kick back by the fire and enjoy, a glass of nutmeg-laced eggnog or wine in hand. The rest of us Read More

Column: Circles of good cheer

Wreaths are wonderful decorative items for any occasion no matter what season of the year. Spring and summer wreaths may celebrate bounteous herbs and botanicals using such materials as bay leaves, sage, lavender or quince. Autumn wreaths celebrate the harvest with gourds, nuts, corn, bittersweet and dried leaves and flowers. However, it is the Christmas Read More

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

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