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Thinking about replacing your roof? Be sure to explore ventilation options

January 24, 2015

By Henri de Marne Universal Uclick Q: I live in a 100-year-old house in Atlanta, Georgia — a very hot and humid climate. I am getting ready to re-roof, and each roofer that I have gotten a bid from has suggested different exhaust vent options, even though I have no soffit/intake vents and no possibility Read More

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 Read More

Look outside and frame your views

January 16, 2015

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 Read More

Catering to culinary creativity

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick A secondary kitchen in the home can really cater to entertaining needs. Featuring warming ovens, additional countertops for food preparation and extra refrigeration, a catering kitchen keeps a meal’s mess out of the main kitchen, where most parties eventually end up taking place. “The kitchen has always been the Read More

Winter garden chores

Here is a list of chores that will keep your fingers busy and at the same time allow garden chores to get done. • Keep your compost pile cooking by feeding it, turning it and keeping it moist. Add green stuff that contains nitrogen — veggie scraps, coffee grounds and eggshells — or toss on Read More

Ideas for your winter landscape

January 10, 2015

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. A landscape does not have to look bleak and desolate during the winter months. When we look out the window or go outside, is all we see snow or just a non-interesting landscape picture? Let us explore how to add interest and beauty to the landscape Read More

Foundation plantings: time for an update

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick Tired formulas for foundation plantings only make a house look frumpy. Forget about pointy evergreens at the corners of the house and bun-shaped shrubs in the center under the windows, and give your front-yard landscape an upgrade. “I just like to get away from the term foundation planting and make Read More

Five fun facts about all those snowflakes

With the new year comes time for reflection. Nature is ever changing and yet so very terribly interesting in its simplicity. Here are a few interesting things about snowflakes for your consideration. 1. Snowflakes come shaped like columns as well as plates. Six branched stellar snowflakes (never eight-branched) are only one kind of snowflake. Snowflakes Read More

Column: Three rules for living a frugal life

December 31, 2014

Jill Cataldo is a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three. Incredibly, a new year is upon us again. This is the time of year when people start thinking about resolutions for the New Year, and I’ve been receiving email from readers asking everything from “How can I save more?” to “How did you Read More

Column: Growing and caring for Christmas peppers

January 2, 2015

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. Want to brighten up and heat up the holiday season? How about growing some ornamental peppers. These dwarf plants have green, purple and variegated leaves with glossy, bright purple, fire engine red, orange, banana yellow and white objects hanging from them like raindrops from the branches. Read More

Buying a home? Do a landscape inspection: Depending on the size of the property, cost for a new irrigation system can vary from $2,000 to $20,000

January 2, 2014

By DEAN FOSDICK The Associated Press Prudent house hunters usually await the results of a professional inspection before buying their dream home. All too often, though, one of the biggest contributors to a home’s value is neglected: the landscape. And that can prove costly. “I feel bad telling people who’ve already put their life’s savings Read More

Column: What to do for January

January 2, 2015

Inside: Stow away Christmas gear and make next year easier by organizing and labeling boxes. Change over calendars. Spend a few minutes marking birthdays, anniversaries, doctor appointments or reminders on when to schedule them, and other important dates. Update your address and e-mail lists. Send out thank-you notes. Stock up on cards for various occasions. Read More

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







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