Category Archives: Home and Garden

This year’s top crops

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick AAS: Since 1932, All-America Selections has recognized top new flower and vegetable varieties. Many of the 270 AAS vegetable winners over the years have become classics: The Celebrity tomato won in 1984 and remains very popular today. Waltham Butternut squash, a 1970 winner, is still one of the best-performing, most… Continue Reading

My rule of thumb for lawn care

I’ve always subscribed to the theory that garden care should be as chemical free as possible. Having said that, I do fertilize the lawn frequently over the summer by following the series of holidays that occur. My first weed and feed fertilizer is Easter, followed by Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or July 4,… Continue Reading

Column: A few good bugs

Every gardener knows that your garden benefits by having a few bugs around to help out. Here are some we all need for the health of the garden. 1. Predatory beetles and bugs There are hundreds to chose from that dine on their plant eating kin. Tiger, soldier, ground and ladybird beetles, along with assassin… Continue Reading

Rain gardens clean up surface waters

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. Rain gardens are depressions that hold water for a short period of time and are increasingly popular with homeowners, municipalities and are mandatory for many commercial businesses. They catch storm water runoff from sidewalks, parking lots, roads and roofs and typically have some kind of vegetation… Continue Reading

Birdhouse contest

Over the summer months starting in June The Sheridan Press’s Home and Garden page will be sponsoring a birdhouse contest. There will be monthly winners and an overall grand prize winner. Please submit photos of your birdhouse to or bring a photo to the office. Please explain who built the house and where it… Continue Reading

Column: Digging for buried treasure

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. Digging for potatoes is like looking for buried treasure, especially if you have young kids. Potatoes are a member of the Solanaceae family, which means the vines and green tubers are poisonous. Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C and provide calcium and iron. Potato… Continue Reading

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

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