Category Archives: Home and Garden

Column: Keeping them clean

While visiting our grandkids in North Carolina a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to hang several blinds in their new home. Simple blinds designed for privacy and to help insulate from weather temperature swings are easy to hang and fairly inexpensive.  But by about the fifth shade, while standing on a foot stool,… Continue Reading

Garden ornament

I am inspired by ornament in the garden. Even if it is only a stack of stones or an interesting gate, trellis or plant. Once I dug a series of 36-inch deep holes in order to build a large rectangular wooden trellis/arbor over the shale walkway from the side yard to the terraced back yard.… Continue Reading

Column: Table topped

The surface of an old table or desk often shows the signs of wear and tear long before the rest of it is ready for the junk pile. Extend the life of the piece by covering the top with canvas, linen, leather or metal. First, measure the tabletop’s width and length, then measure its thickness.… Continue Reading

Column: Pruning fruit trees is a annual job

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. March is a good time to start pruning fruit trees.  As the tree grows this spring, it will start to heal itself.  I think it is most important to prune only that which is needed.  This includes dead wood and broken branches. In addition, diseased branches… Continue Reading

Falling for Fallingwater

Falling for Fallingwater

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick An invisible hand is at work in successful naturalistic landscapes. Nature gets all the credit in the eyes of the beholder, but there’s plenty of hard work behind the scenes. That human hand — well-concealed — shapes visitors’ experience of Fallingwater, the magnificent home in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh,… Continue Reading

2015’s color of the year makes a mark

2015’s color of the year makes a mark

By Elaine Markoutsas UniversalUclick Color trends come and go, but certain hues are perennial hangers-on. Take red, for example. Chicago interior designer Alessandra Branca is a known red lover. When she designed a collection of fabrics for Schumacher, red played a starring role. Sometimes her approach is playful, like pairing red-and-white ticking stripe lampshades with… Continue Reading

Column: Things to do for March

Inside: Deep clean carpets and rugs. Rent or buy a carpet cleaner. If you have wool rugs or carpet, or any that are valuable or delicate, hire a professional for cleaning. Take advantage of warm days to open the windows and air out the house. Clean ceiling fans. Stand on a sturdy ladder and wipe… Continue Reading

Column: Handmade votives

The warm glow of a candle is calming and makes everything around it also glow. Little votives made from small terra-cotta pots make ideal lights for use indoors and out. To make potted candles,  start with a collection of three or four-inch flowerpots from the garden or hardware store. Close the drainage hole with a… Continue Reading

An underutilized evergreen to try

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. With more than 200 varieties of Arborvitae available there probably is at least one that will work for your landscaping design.  These evergreens are a member of the cypress family with two species native to America. Some common names include northern white cedar, swamp cedar and… Continue Reading

Get ready to dig

If your favorite shovel in the shed isn’t sharp, now really would be a fine time to get after it. Figuring out your plan for planting time will be here before you know it and having your tools ready will mean more time to daydream about strategy. These are the supplies you will need: rags,… Continue Reading

Column: The value of trees in our community

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. There are more than 60 million trees in the United States that line public streets, which have a value of more than $30 billion and a potential value of $80 billion if properly cared for. In Wyoming, inventories conducted on approximately 108,000 public trees had a… Continue Reading

Column: Tips for working with wallpaper

I learned to hang wallpaper about 30 years ago while watching a friend hang paper for another friend. Then I had a refresher course several years later when I asked a pro to help me hang paper in my dining room. Small rooms are not a big deal but larger rooms can be a real… Continue Reading

Column: Vertical gardening may be in your future

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. Vertical gardening is a theme that has been around since ancient Babylon’s hanging gardens.  We all can remember window boxes, well just stack several of these together. Many people do not have the space, want to take up less space or they want to dress up… Continue Reading

Column: What to do for February

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. Inside: Tackle one messy closet each weekend. If necessary purchase new organizing bins or baskets. If you don’t have a battery-operated pill remover to defuzz your favorite sweaters, you can use a fine-tooth comb; it will… Continue Reading

Column: Cleaning carpets and rugs

I know it sounds like I clean 24/7 but I don’t. I do like order and am adamant about taking care of rugs, furniture and other possessions. I see these items as assets that once purchased should be cared for to the best of one’s ability. I also think that children should be taught to… Continue Reading

Look outside and frame your views

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. There probably is more time spent inside the house looking out into the yard or garden during the year than there is actually time spent in the garden. Particularly this time of the year when it is cold and snowy. Therefore, from that perspective, we should… Continue Reading

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